Friday, July 08, 2005


The Flypaper's Getting Old

I was awaken by Mrs. kissfan this morning and told of the attacks in London. My first reaction was, "I guess fighting them there isn't working anymore." For years now, we've been told that it's better to fight the terrorists in Iraq than to have to fight them in our own cities. Well now we're fighting them in London. Before that we were fighting them in Madrid. And before that we were fighting them in Bali. Apparently, we really meant it when we said "our cities."

One of the favorite cries of the conservatives in defense of their dear leader is the lack of attacks since September 11. Well, we know that's not true and after today, that claim can be easily refuted by anyone. Unless, of course, our goal is only to protect ourselves and the rest of the world can go to hell. But that wouldn't fit into the whole spreading liberty/freedom is on the march bullshit, now would it?

The number of worldwide terrorist attacks is on the rise. Meanwhile, our worldwide image is on the decline. How much longer before this starts making sense to people? How much longer before people start making the connection between what we're doing and what is happening? Terrorism didn't start with 9/11 and it's not going to end with Iraq. But the results of our actions in between these two events is undeniable. We are creating more terrorism than we are alleviating. It's time to change plans. As Albert Einstein once said " No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." As much as it pains me to say it, we have caused a lot of the terrorism problem currently facing the world. We didn't create it, but we poked it with a stick and woke it up. If we want to solve this problem, we need a different mindset. No more staying the course.

Obviously the war on terror has been a failure. There are now thirty-seven more families in London that can attest to that. At some point, someone is going to have to clean up this mess. I just hope there's enough people left to do it.

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