Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Equal Opportunity Terror

So, you say you want to "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here" and that you disagree that the war in Iraq isn't creating more terrorists despite all evidence to the contrary.

What then, can we say about this?
BAGHDAD, Iraq Sep 28, 2005 — A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in a northern town Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding 30 in the first known attack by a female suicide bomber in the country's bloody insurgency.
I got an e-mail a while back that defended racial profiling by pointing out the bombings and attacks that had been carried out by Muslim men. It was basically a list of ridiculous "multiple choice" questions, with the "right answer" always being "Muslim men between the ages of 18 and 35."

Brit Hume and one of his idiot guests actually seemed to be using the trashy e-mail as a script when they talked last month.
STATE ASSEMBLYMAN DOV HIKIND (D), NEW YORK: There were 19 individuals involved in destroying the World Trade Center. There are 15 people on the most wanted list by the FBI in the War on Terrorism.

Those involved in Madrid, those involved July 7 in London, and those who attempted to kill the people of London on July 21, if you look at the entire group, it is so obvious that this group, they have certain things in common. They are young, they are Muslim, they are of Middle Eastern or South Asian background.

HUME: They’re men.

HIKIND: They’re men. They’re young men. To simply avoid this fact in trying to fight the War on Terrorism and trying to avoid another catastrophe is nuts. It doesn’t make sense.
And yet, Iraq seems to be destroying our ability to assume. It is creating a training ground for professional terrorists and, even worse, it's creating an environment of hatred against our nation that broadens the category of those who wish us harm.

Robert Taber wrote about the mindset we're creating in The War of the Flea. (It was written in 1965, but an updated version remains on many military reading lists and with good reason -- we still haven't learned how to fight these wars.)
Country people whose only contact with the government comes in the form of napalm and rocket attacks can scarcely be expected to feel sympathetic to the government cause, whatever it may be. On the other hand, they have every reason to feel solidarity with the guerrillas, usually recruited from their villages, who share their peril and their hardships.
Today's bombing is just another sign that the Bush administration does not understand history. We will see more women bombers and, if the war goes on long enough, we'll see children strapped with explosives. As much as the Bushies hate to comparisons of Iraq to Vietnam -- even as they channel LBJ -- they're creating not just a Vietnam-like war, but a culturally-based army which, like the Viet Cong, will not be defeated by the "infliction of grievous casualties, or the heavy punishment of air bombardment." Unlike the Viet Cong, the army Bush is creating is, I fear, exportable.


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