Monday, October 08, 2007

On the serious side, terrorists and terrorism growing far and wide.

posted by Bill Arnett @ 10:21 AM Permalink

For a perfect example of just how horrible the bush Oil Wars policy has been for not only the United States, but the world, see this article from Yahoo! News, where some of the damage done is detailed:
Six years after the September 11 attacks in the United States, the "war on terror" is failing and instead fueling an increase in support for extremist Islamist movements, a British think-tank said on Monday.

A report by the Oxford Research Group (ORG) said a "fundamental re-think is required" if the global terrorist network is to be rendered ineffective.

"If the al Qaeda movement is to be countered, then the roots of its support must be understood and systematically undercut," said Paul Rogers, the report's author and professor of global peace studies at Bradford University in northern England.

"Combined with conventional policing and security measures, al Qaeda can be contained and minimized but this will require a change in policy at every level."

He described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "disastrous mistake" which had helped establish a "most valued jihadist combat training zone" for al Qaeda supporters.

The report -- Alternatives to the War on Terror -- recommended the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq coupled with intensive diplomatic engagement in the region, including with Iran and Syria.

In Afghanistan, Rogers also called for an immediate scaling down of military activities, an injection of more civil aid and negotiations with militia groups aimed at bringing them into the political process.

If such measures were adopted it would still take "at least 10 years to make up for the mistakes made since 9/11."

"Failure to make the necessary changes could result in the war on terror lasting decades," the report added.[…]

"Going to war with Iran," he said, "will make matters far worse, playing directly into the hands of extreme elements and adding greatly to the violence across the region. Whatever the problems with Iran, war should be avoided at all costs."
So what is bush going to do? Listen? Oh, please, gag me with a spoon.

bush, from Day One after his appointment to office, has never had the best interests of this country at heart. This is amply demonstrated by his refusal to allow Saddam Hussein to take his family and a paltry one billion dollars to self-exile himself, giving bush the keys to Iraq without the loss of thousands of American lives, without the wounding of tens of thousands more, without conducting a systematic genocide of the Iraqi people by killing over one million of them, without creating a refugee crisis for 2-4 million displaced Iraqis, without spending over $600 billion dollars, and without creating the most fertile conditions possible for terrorism and terrorists to grow exponentially.

Of course bush never let the American people know of Saddam's offer to self-exile. N-o-o-o, he just had to go after the man who tried to kill his daddy, simultaneously steal the Iraqi oil we could have purchased through normal commerce, and, as now, increasing the number and effectiveness of terrorists by injecting our military into a killing field.

I have always maintained that terrorism was a problem for police and law enforcement agencies to handle. Look at the examples of England, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain and other countries that have been confronting far more attacks, investigating them without destroying the civil rights of their people, according all rights to the accused, presenting their evidence in court, obtaining convictions based upon their evidence, and then packing the terrorist off to prison upon conviction.

And they do these things without the abomination of preemptive first strike wars, deprivation of habeas corpus, charges and trials, black prisons that are the modern day equivalent of an oubliette, kidnapping suspects and rendering them to other countries to be tortured, torturing them ourselves, or ordering extra-judicial assassinations which, with the favorite means of killing being the 500-2000 lb. bomb, also causing the deaths of innocent women, children, and citizens.

Only the neocons, Republicans, the GOP, and the rabid right-wing religious, "values" types believe in the pernicious policies of bush maladministration.

I guess they LIKE terrorists and terrorism, and many in the groups listed above have actually been praying for another terrorist attack on America to obtain a presupposed political advantage.

Evil men accomplishing evil deeds in the name of America jeopardizes the entire world.

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