Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bush's Circular War on Terror

It's from an April, 2005 issue of The American Conservative by James L. Payne, but it's worth re-examining.

The point of the AC article is that freedom doesn't prevent terrorism, as many "free" countries have terrorists, including the United States. The most recent example is Iraq, which is free and democratic without Saddam, but which is now crawling with terrorists.
If anything, freedom promotes or at least enables the growth of violent partisan groups, because it provides an opportunity for extremists to organize and proselytize. The point was perhaps first made by founding father James Madison over two centuries ago in Federalist number 10 in discussing the causes of “the violence of faction.” As he put it, “Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires.”

As Rummy would say, "Freedom's untidy."

In light of the existence of hundreds of terrorist organizations around the world for so many decades (and more pop up all the time), we should be doubly worried about Bush's reasoning that the War on Terror is a war which justifies suspending the Constitution for its duration.

It is a war that will never end, particularly with the Bush Doctrine of Spreading Democracy and Freedom. More "freedom" around the world (especially of Bush's variety, which involves Shockingly "Awe"ful invasions) means more terrorism, which means less freedom here in the U.S.
To the terrorist, the extreme evil of this enemy justifies his use of extreme violence to combat it.

It's something the extreme righties should be able to grasp very readily, considering all the fantasies they have which involve destroying their political opponents with gunfire.

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