Ahmadinejad, the former student radical, is growing older. Maybe we should just wait until he morphs into a neocon.
Stuff you probably don't already know, about things you've heard of.
Plain English is better than jargon. Telling you what you already know is a waste of time. It's hard to consistently be new and interesting, but my only tool is myself.
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.This sounds an awful lot like their definition of war:
War is a state of widespread conflict between states, organisations, or relatively large groups of people, which is characterised by the use of violent, physical force between combatants or upon civilians...The Institute for Counter-Terrorism definition is:
The deliberate use of violence against civilians in order to attain political, ideological and religious aims.The ICT definition would define as terrorist every pilot of a heavy bomber in the Second World War.
I'm angry because I had a good post on Terrorism and the things people write about it. But now it's gone because I hit the wrong button and blogger did a stupid thing. Erasing the users text is a no-no without a warning. Even Microsoft knows that.
Of course, we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Lots of people commit suicide by strapping explosives around their waists and blowing themselves to bits outside crowded athletic stadiums during packed games at our nation's universities, right?
And the war in Iraq is different from the war in Vietnam. The only common factor is that the US is involved. The main difference in the wars is that in Vietnam the communists had infiltrated the South Vietnamese government at all levels. All levels. And the group of loyal Vietnamese surrounding the US had a nucleus in the Catholic community, a minority. The Vietnamese communists (Viet Minh) were respected. In Iraq, the Sunni are a minority and the Baathists are hated; and the Islamists despised.
And, of course, Vietnam is mostly jungle. Iraq is a desert. Vietnam had Ho Chi Minh. Iraq has Zarqawi. The South Vietnamese were not able to survive without US support. The Iraqi Shiite and Kurds can survive, nearly on their own.
I remember thinking that if I were a writer, or blogging, back then, I'd have written "This is an act of transcendental stupidity — whoever did this is going to be crushed." It was and they were. Oh, al-Queda isn't dead yet, but the Taliban is barely breathing and Osamas group is on life support.
Later on, as numerous Muslims around the world started claiming that the act was so un-Muslim that the accused Saudis could simply not have done it, I was skeptical. Now, I think this is a good thing. It's good they think the 9/11 attacks are such a bad idea.
9/11 made President Bush look better. And this anniversary comes along in the middle of the Katrina disaster, and Bush looked absolutely idiotic. I don't hate the man, but he's not qualified to be president of the United States.
I moved a little further to the Right, or at least a little further away from the Left, on 9/11. But wasn't until a year or so later that I realized this, as I listened to the Left temporize and make excuses for the Islamists. Later, in the 2002/2003 time frame, I tried to find something on the antiwar and counterpunch websites that made sense regarding Bush's impending war in Iraq. I couldn't find it. That's when I realized that I was probably not even left of center anymore. At least on foreign policy.
And the irony is in the observation that the Left has moved Right, supporting the Islamofascists, and that what's repelled me. So I had to move Right to stay Centered.
On that violent day in 2001, we did not know what to make of flight 93 crashing into the Pennsylvania countryside. Now, we do. One of the side-effects of the heroism of flight 93 is that a lot of Afghans are alive today who would otherwise be dead. If flight 93 had crashed into the White House or the Capitol the anger of the US and it's military might have sent it crashing through Afghanistan like Sherman through Georgia.
The President, you'll remember, was in Florida, reading to children or being read to, as the case may be. Not too bad a time for remedial instruction, I suppose. The President didn't move too fast back then, but only Michael Moore counts it against him. With Katrina we all count it against him.