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October 14, 2003

It's true. It's not something I'd thought about in quite this way before, but it's very true that those who build their entire world view on fighting terrorism are dependent upon the existence of terrorists.

Terrorists are dependent on the "sins" committed by countries like ours to stir up anger and revolt and to recruit new members. They have to have those members to survive.

It is, in short, a symbiotic relationship.

We've seen it here at home. Everything the Bush Administration undertakes any more is part of the "war on terror." They have to make cutting funding for Head Start a part of the war on terror. Tax relief for multi-billionaires is a part of the war on terror. No-bid contracts to companies headed by Bush cronies are part of the war on terror. It's all the neocons have got.

But I'm glad I didn't put any money on our next target. I wouldn't have thought of Cuba would you? Of course, I wouldn't have thought of punishing the Saudi 9/11 hijackers by invading Iraq, either.

Those feisty little neocons...always coming up with surprises.

Cuba's only second-tier on the old axis o'evil. Along with Syria who recently committed the terrorist atrocity of being bombed by Israel, and Libya.

We sure are spreading the evil around these days.

Jesse Jackson thinks Bush is looking for a fight down south and he may be right. Castro has managed, by sitting around and doing nothing any different from what he's been up to for decades, what none of North Korea's nukes could accomplish...he's placed himself in the crosshairs of the Bush Administration.

As always, I'm torn. There's no denying the world would be a better place for the removal of half a dozen despotic rulers we could all name.

There's a part of me that approved of the deaths of Hussein's offspring and that won't mourn news of his death. Now that our 'weapon' against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has turned on us, neither I nor most civilized people would regret the dismantling of the Taliban. The people, the majority of the people, living in the mjddle of the Pakistani-Israeli war would approve the sensible two-state peace plan. I could name several other headline-grabbing situations around the world.

But you can't just march in and impose democracy on the world at large. A Pax Americana is just not something this country is prepared to support, and certainly not a single-handed effort to force our way of life on people uninterested and/or unprepared to deal with a tidal wave of classic rock music commercials designed to sell new flavors of soda pop.

We're also not interested in sending generation after generation of young people out to die in the jungles and deserts of the world in an attempt to compel strangers to conform to our set of values. There has to be a solution that allows for each of these countries to come to their own peace. To develop the style of government and the kind of society that suits them and their heritage.

Not everyone wants democracy, okay? Even in this country, there's a fair percentage of people who never bother to exercise their right to vote. What makes us think that trying to force this faltering system on countries whose history and culture have not prepared their people for the turmoil of electoral politics is the right thing to do? Maybe they don't want a democracy. Maybe they want a theocracy or a monarchy or socialism. It's none of our business if they do, okay? Even a benevolent dictatorship, and yes, such a thing exists, might be the right solution for some countries.

There's a difference between what we think of as "democracy" and actual freedom. I support freedom, civil liberties, and human rights for everyone. I don't support the idea of forcing carbon copies of the USofA's flawed political system on everyone we come into contact with.

I'm sitting here looking at the counter on the Cost of War website and I'm thinking there's no price too high to pay for liberty, but I don't trust that the Bush Administration is interested in any liberty unconnected with that of USofA corporations to exploit new markets. Based on the clear and compelling evidence that they have little or no idea what to do with Iraq now that they have it, I don't trust this Administration to recognize the needs and wishes of the Iraqi people, or to bow to those needs if they don't fit the neocons 'vision' of how things oughta be.

Must. Have. More. Coffee.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:59 AM


Re: the symbiotic relationship - Not surprising considering you have two sides of the same religious-fanatic coin. It's been a Holy War or Crusade since the Cabal first took power. It's loony Christians against loony Muslims with the rest of the world caught in the middle. Yet another argument against of hyper-organized and strictured religious faith rather than personal spiritual growth and the encouragement of individual moral sensibility.

Re: Cuba - I was watching EuroNews last night and they showed Moammar Khaddafi, and my first thought was, our country hasn't vilified him in awhile, he's overdue, and my second thought was, damn, he's really gone Hollywood, he's had work done or something, his face looks better than Schwarzenegger's.

I find tea much more soothing than coffee.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 15, 2003 07:34 AM