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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The "war on terrorism" IS terrorism

Compare and contrast:
Said Bush: "The contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill, those who've got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks.

"The war on terror goes on," he added.
--AP, today

He said it was unclear who was killed in the initial attack in the tiny village of Chechal. "Maybe some militants were killed, but I don't know," he said. "The 17 people were killed in the second bombing."

The U.S. military said the attack was carried out "with precision-guided munitions that resulted in the deaths of an unknown number of enemy terrorists and noncombatants."

"The targeted compound was a known operating base for terrorist attacks in Kunar province as well as a base for a medium-level terrorist leader," it said. "Battle damage assessment is currently ongoing."

The statement added U.S. forces "regret the loss of innocent lives and follow stringent rules of engagement specifically to ensure that noncombatants are safeguarded. However, when enemy forces move their families into the locations where they conduct terrorist operations, they put these innocent civilians at risk."
--AP, Tuesday, concerning a plane bombing in Afghanistan

(Remember: Plane bombing doubleplusgood, car bombing and suicide bombing doubleplusungood.)

And what, exactly, were the vast majority of the tens of thousands of Iraqis killed in the Blair-Bush project guilty of? Who could possibly have "such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks?"

Note to wingnuts: I am NOT justifying terrorism. I am condemning the "war on terrorism" from a moral view because it IS terrorism, and from a practical view because it leads to more terrorism.

Michelle notes that the London attacks sound suspiciously like the work of Gladio, a group I've suspected of all sorts of evil ever since I learned of their existence yesterday reading Michelle's blog.