Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Arianna Huffington neatly exposes Bush's schizoid thinking about terrorism:
Well, there goes that theory...
Odds are we probably won't be hearing for a while the Bush mantra that the reason we're fighting them over in Iraq is so we don't have to fight them here at home. For the last few months, this ludicrous shibboleth has been the president's go-to line -- his latest rationale for slogging on in Iraq.
Here he was on July 4th: "We're taking the fight to the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home." ...
The attacks in London proved how absurd this either/or logic is when fighting this kind of hydra-headed enemy.
Not only was this flypaper theory empirically disproved by the London carnage, it directly contradicts the president's other most often used justification for the war -- that we invaded to liberate the Iraqi people. So let me get this straight: we invaded them to liberate them... and to use them as bait to attract terrorists who we could fight on the streets of Baghdad rather than the streets of London and New York?

Actually the "fight-them-there-so-we-don't-have-to-fight-them-here" canard is just a corollary of the bigger lie: "They hate us because of our freedom." Tony Blair echoed that thought after the London bombings when he said "They will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear." Mr. Blair, they don't give a good hoot about destroying what you hold dear. That's not why they bombed you. They're not trying to destroy your liberty or ours. They're trying to get us out of their part of the world.
The Post-Dispatch recently made that point clear by citing University of Chicago political scientist Robert A. Pape, whose new book:
Dying to Win: the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, reports the results of the first systematic survey, funded in part by the Department of Defense, of all 315 suicide terrorist attacks that occurred between 1980 and 2003.
His conclusions:
--Religion is often used as a tool for recruiting by terrorist organizations but is rarely the root cause of terrorism.
--The overwhelming majority of suicide terrorist attacks are not expressions of blind hate but instead the manifestation of political objectives, most often the expulsion of foreign armies of occupation.
--The U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states was the most important factor spawning the 9/11 attacks.
--The "sustained presence of heavy American combat forces in Muslim countries," including Iraq, "is likely to increase the odds of the next 9/11.

Four sentences sum up Pape's conclusions, and yet getting that simple message through the thick skulls of Bush and Blair is like trying to prevent some catastrophe in a bad dream, one where our leaders stride with bland smiles toward doom while we slog through waist-high wet cement, screaming with silent voices. Maybe one of these nights, that nightmare will turn to sweet dreams: I'll reach George Bush, shake the living bejeebers out of him, and awaken him to the nightmare he has created, a nightmare in which thousands of deaths have served only to heighten the tension and hatred between Muslims and Westerners.

2 Comments:

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Dyan said...

Hope you like the new look. I couldn't fix the old template so that the gap would go away so I just went to a new one.
Thanks for writing J!
Dyan

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Jo Etta said...

The new look is neater, Dyan. Dylan will have a whole new look soon, right? Or is this it?

Is there a way to get to the blogspot page by clicking on something on the home page?

Yours (ever in confusion about technical matters), Jo Etta

P.S. Progressive Dems had the editor of the St. Charles County Democratic newspaper, Common Sense, at their meeting last Sunday, and I got a copy of it. It's high quality thought and writing. We could use something like that statewide.

 

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