Friday, May 30, 2008

The US was basically at peace on Sept 11, 2001?

Apparently, that's what John Kerry would have us believe. Funny, I doubt folks living in Iraq at the time would have believed that. In the past, I've alluded to the fact that the US & UK were still conducting bombing raids on Iraq as of 2001 (of course, those raids became much more frequent and intense during the latter half of 2002). Of course the economic war against the Iraqis was going full-tilt, having the effect of further decimating that nation's basic infrastructure (you know, little things like the electrical grid, sewage systems, etc.). Of course, I've mentioned that during the immediate years preceding 2001, there was hardly any "peace" either.

I realize that the usual wings of the War Party, be they the hawkish neocon crowd or the "dovish" center-right crowd that are normally referred to within the US as "leftists, the critique will be one of arguing that Kerry failed to mention the alleged threat of al Qaida prior to Sept. 11. Truth is you were and still are more likely to be shot to death by law enforcement than to be killed in a terrorist attack on American soil. Of course, if preventing terrorism is something you think should be central to US policy, it strikes me that the most sensible thing to do is to stop bombing other nations. Stop doing that, and you'll take away a major creator of terrorism. It really is that simple.

Update: typo-ed the headline, but it's fixed now. I should know better than to type on a black keyboard with minimal lighting, but hey, gotta save a few bucks!

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