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Friday, December 24, 2004

The dilemma of a radical

The AP reports Bin Laden seeks transformation from the status of terrorist to politician. After all, if war is the only object what's the point? When do the more mundane problems such as enough food and clean water get addressed?

Apparently, too, middle east watchers are now speculating that U.S offensives have been near fatal to the al-Queda organization, and Bin Laden's latest efforts are directed more to salvage than to "holy war."

Maybe, maybe not.

What we do know is that the situation in Iraq is not stablizing and that civil war is almost certain to break out when/if the U.S. leaves, that is, assuming it has not already broken out. So, even if the U.S. has been successful, more or less, against Bin Laden, the question is, at what cost? Who is the more radical in this picture? Bin Laden or Bush?


Blogger FreeRangeAuthor said...

Another question in the formula that is never asked is, what if Iraqi's are unwilling to defend their new liberation from tyrannical rule?

Lately I've begun to watch the BACKGROUND of TV reports from Iraq, especially if they are "on the street" - it's astounding how many young, fit Iraqi men you see, not in uniform of domestic defense. Our president has told us too many Iraqi's flee the battlefield when engaged by an enemy. And a late report talked about a whole training unit (police or military) that was dismissed because they were considered a security risk.

How do we continue to justify American's dying in a nation where the domestic population is unwilling to defend itself?

6:41 AM  
Blogger A Seattle Libertarian said...

There are days when I wonder if you might be Bill Bradford at night, in a Batman kind of way.

2:24 PM  

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