[FoRK] Ugh. "Don't Feed The Terrorists!"
Ian Andrew Bell
fork at ianbell.com
Mon Mar 15 06:40:54 PST 2004
On 14-Mar-04, at 8:41 PM, Christopher Herot wrote:
> It also illustrates the folly of waiting for "international consensus"
> before taking action, if each of our potential partners can be
> intimidated or thinks they can cut their own deal. An extreme example
> of this is the way the Saudis thought they could buy peace by funding
> the Wahabi's.
This is true in the geopolitical sense, but if you're going to go it
alone you'd bloody well better be right, or there will be blood on your
hands. This is clearly the case with America today, since the
coalition this time around is viewed with skepticism, and it's becoming
common knowledge that the conflict was agenda-based and not a policing
action, as it theoretically was in 1990.
> Of course we funded Osama and Sadam when they served our purposes.
> Just think how different the world would be today if we had just
> waited for Communism to collapse on its own instead of installing
> right-wing dictatorships all over the world.
If you believe guys like Curtis LeMay, the US should have just built
more bombers, missiles, tanks, and submarines, forcing the Soviet
economy to collapse under the weight of its military spending. I think
this is folly. Most people think that asymmetric warfare started on
9/11, however the Soviets clearly laid the groundwork for this in the
1950s in Korea, Cuba, Poland, Vietnam, etc.
I agree with Rumsfeld (shudder) when he says that in the intelligence
game sometimes ya gotta deal with some unsavory characters because they
help you to achieve your goals. But when they step out of line, the US
has to be more decisive about tearing them apart. Although it's not
clear to me that, up until this Spanish lapse into Socialism, anything
Bin Laden has achieved does anything but support the fanatical
right-wing expansionist agenda in America.
I've coined the phrase "Iso-American Imperialism" here:
...most of what I said there, I believe, is bearing out to be true.
But while the Religious Right is supporting Iso-American Imperialism,
it has added its own layer of context in hoping aloud for another
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