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Friday, July 08, 2005

Give it a rest?

Sorry, but for once I have to disagree with blogger extraordinaire Billmon. Last night, he posted:
Just for today -- or what's left of it -- can't we drop the politics and the armchair quarterbacking and treat this like the terrible human tragedy that is? Just this once?

I mean, I know that's too much to ask of the conservatives, but aren't we supposed to be better than that?
I'll admit that I don't know exactly WHAT to say, but I think that now is absolutely the wrong time to leave the playing field to the right-wing whack jobs. In September 2001, Bush was allowed, even encouraged, to turn a great tragedy into an even greater tragedy--the so-called "war on terror," which has already killed hundreds of thousands. Confused and angry people need to be reminded, RIGHT NOW, that other strategies were available, and that Bush's "strategery" isn't working out so well (unless you're a Halliburton stockholder or Osama bin Laden). Because Bush and Blair are intent on using yesterday's tragedy as an excuse to do more of the bloody same--more bombing, more restrictions on liberties, more macho BS. Voices against this madness need to be raised NOW.

The WSWS strongly condemns the bombings:
The criminal nature of these outrages is underscored by the fact that they occurred in a city that has been the scene of innumerable protests against imperialism and war. In February 2003, more than 1 million people marched in London to oppose the plans of the US and Britain to invade Iraq.

If it is to emerge that the bombings were carried out by an Islamic terrorist organisation, it would provide further bloody evidence of the reactionary and politically bankrupt character of such groups. Terrorism does not hinder imperialism. Rather, it spreads fear, anger, confusion and political disorientation—all of which play into the hands of the political elites in London and Washington and their pliant media.