Sunday :: May 9, 2004

Can we step back from the cliff?


by Mary

Reading David Neiwart's manifesto makes me think that perhaps something can be done about the terrible situation we are facing. David has been warning about the abysmal job the Bush administration has been doing on "winning the war on terrorism" for a long time.

The reality, as I've been discussing, is that Bush's "war on terror" is an incomprehensible exercise in increasing the likelihood that high radicalized, highly motivated terrorists will again strike on American soil. A serious war on terror would begin from a recognition of the nature of the threat, with a considered response that's both flexible and comprehensive. Bush's Iraq war is none of these.

And the American public will never hear this from its mainstream media, especially not the dysfunctional, inbred family that is the Beltway press corps.

David's warnings are strongly confirmed by the following: Islamic Terrorist Threats On the Rise Worldwide

U.S. officials say that more than two-thirds of al-Qaida's leaders have been killed or captured, and as many as 4,000 people have been arrested on terrorism-related charges worldwide.

But some experts believe the war on terrorism - and the U.S.-led war in Iraq - have inspired new recruits who are operating in loosely affiliated, independent cells.

"The U.S. invasion of Iraq increased the worldwide threat of terrorism many times over," said Rohan Gunaratna, author of the book "Inside al Qaeda, the Global Network of Terror."

Certainly the revelations of Abu Ghraib have done much to damage American interests and we will reap the anger of the Arabic world for a long time. Bush's war has directly contributed to this result.

Yet, as David says, the Islamic extremists are not the only terrorists that we need to worry about now. SPL warns that right wing extremists are making a comeback and feeding on the growth of the racist skinhead groups.

What can we as bloggers do to help derail the coming catastrophy which Bush's policies and our defective media almost make inevitable? I, for one, am more than ready to engage with David in this effort. And I would like to urge you all(both bloggers and readers) to sign on too.

BTW: Lambert of corrente has some very interesting thoughts that carry this discussion forward. Also, do go read the comments on David's post and add your own thoughts.

[Aside: How the Bush administration endangers America by misunderstanding the terrorist threat was also the topic of my post here. It is obvious that the Bush administration is incapable of seeing the problem, any more than they see any problems from global warming. They cannot see nor take in new information if it disagrees with their world view.]

x-posted at Pacific Views.

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