Thursday, August 10, 2006

The point has been proven. . .again

In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed, but we in the United States did not feel terrorized. In 1995 a plot to bomb ten airliners was detected and stopped, but we did not feel terrorized. In 2001 the WTC was bombed and destroyed but this time Americans across the country felt terrorized and continue to feel that way to this day. Why? Because the administration wanted us to feel that way so it could present themselves as our protector. This makes a great cover for pursuing tax, social and religious agendas under the anti-terrorism, God bless America umbrella. Now that Bush & Co. has been sagging in the polls, it's time for another shot of fear. The plot, if true, was a carbon copy of the 1995 plot but this time it is being trumpeted as the end of the world narrowly averted due to the superiority of the Bush/Blair program for dealing with terrorism. The threat of terrorism has been reinforced because the administration wants it to be. Now there is another Chinese fire drill at the airports which, if we would stop to think, is similar to FEMA's approach to hurricane Katrina. Panic after the fact, rather than prepare beforehand. If we need increased screening at the airports, let's just call in the reserve manpower we have trained and waiting in the wings for just such an eventuality. Oh, that's right, they don't exist any more than a comprehensive airport/border/seaport terrorism prevention plan exists or, if it does, hasn't been implemented. The point is that Bush wants these plots. If they are thwarted good; if not that is acceptable also because he can push the myth that he occupies the high ground in the battle between good and evil. It's time to quit whining and being wimps. There are going to be plots and some of them will succeed but this is a big country with a large population. Even if they take out 2,500 of us, that's the equivalent of 216 Iraqi's, a couple of bad days in Baghdad. My favorite quote after 9/11 came from an Israeli woman who, when asked if she was afraid of bombs on her flights, reponded, "No, I always carry a bomb when I fly because I figure what's the chances of there being two bombs on the same flight." Israel deals with more terrorism daily than we we have experienced in total but they, unlike us, are not terrorized.


At 7:43 AM, Blogger The Salmon of Knowledge said...

Is it any suprise that this administration will keep spinning away at issues to make sure we're all good and scared enough that well have to vote Republican. The Bush admin is a shameless embodiement of what I call the "Daddy State", Insisting that the it alone can provide public safety and national defense, and question its leadership capabilities, or intent is the equivalent of child like naievete or spoiled teen aged back talk.

Interestingly enough, in this family. Daddy is misogynist pig, who constant devalues "Mommy State"'s role in the family, and runs the credit cards to the max paying for his own hobbies and interests.

I found Cheney's comments following Joe Liebermans primary loss to be yet another instance of how truly patronizing this administration is.

Cheney refers to Lieberman as having been "purged". Quite the image when you think of recent history's "purges" (ie Stalin, Mao, etc). Quite the flattering description of one of the purest aspects of our quasi democratic process.

I also laughed at Cheney's remark

"The thing that’s partly disturbing about it is the fact that, the standpoint of our adversaries, if you will, in this conflict, and the al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task"

as if 1) we're supposed to be afraid of our own shadows and forego our rights and sensibilities to adhere to this Administrations definition of national security. and

2) As if this administration policies have done much of anything to improve our safety here and across the globe.

Oh well... what do we expect from a corporate lackey, who knew less about Iraq(Greeted as liberators) than some fat 30 something guy in Michigan with a keyboard and mouse in hand, and doesnt even comprehend the realities of the situations that his version of the war on terror has created.


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