Friday, September 30, 2005

Another step along the path to the new Vietnam

"Bush and company then proceeded to do many things which played into bin Laden’s hand" - - the Polis

The Guardian
Bin Laden's little helper
US administration lectures about God delivered to Muslims are a dangerous folly

Sidney Blumenthal

"Many people around the world do not understand the important role that faith plays in Americans' lives," she said. When an Egyptian opposition leader inquired why Mr Bush mentions God in his speeches, Hughes asked him whether he was aware that "previous American presidents have also cited God, and that our constitution cites 'one nation under God'."

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Pape's research debunks the view that suicide terrorism is the natural byproduct of Islamic fundamentalism or some "Islamo-fascist" ideological strain, independent of certain highly specific circumstances.

"Of the key conditions that lead to suicide terrorism in particular, there first must be the presence of foreign combat forces on the territory that the terrorists prize. The second condition is a religious difference between the combat forces and the local community. The religious difference matters in that it enables terrorist leaders to paint foreign forces as being driven by religious goals.

"If you read Osama's speeches, they begin with descriptions of the US occupation of the Arabian peninsula driven by our religious goals and that it is our religious purpose that must be confronted. That argument is incredibly powerful, not only to religious Muslims but also secular Muslims. Everything Hughes says makes their case."

One needs to ask
  1. Why has Bush worked so hard not to win this war?

  2. Why doesn't Bush want to win this war?

  3. Why has Bush continually failed to access the American Muslim community to keep him from making these PR messes in the Muslim world?

    Actually Bush has failed to access the American Muslim community for any information about the Muslim world. This information could have either helped him win the war, or kept him from waging it in the first place.

    The only information the American Muslim has been continually "asked" about are the possibility of terrorists on American soil. Even in the "asking" the administration has bungled it so badly as to cause fear, mistrust and paranoia within the American Muslim community.

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