I really am tired of the press’s condescending attitude with the coverage of the London Bombings. And it is only day one.
What is really driving me crazy is the consistent usage of "the Terrorists" instead of "terrorists." This is the mistake the U.S. made with Communism – not all terrorists are the same or have the same goals or ideologies. Even Al Queda is so fractured that who knows how tapped in to the central network different cells are? To constantly refer to "the Terrorists" makes a huge assumption and blanket statements cause… well blanket destruction.
And Jesus-hell: NOBODY HATES FREEDOM. Maybe they just hate having white Christians occupying their homelands. And over and over again the TV spouted the usual passive-aggreesive stance of "Why do they hate me so much? Let’s go kill them!!" instead of saying how Al Queda got sparked in the first place: U.S. occupation of Saudi Arabia – right? And then the eventual occupation of Kuwait… and now the occupation of Iraq…
And the constant references to good and evil make me sick. Terrorism is evil as long as the U.S. isn’t sponsoring it. And I’ve blogged about this big lie before. We’ve rained hell down on other peoples all over the world just as it has rained down on us – and now (again) London. To apply the term ‘evil’ means to shut up discussion of nuances – of the geopolitical and socio-religious underpinnings of what is really going on. And I almost threw Ron’s telly out the window when some national security yutz said ‘then the terrorists have alreayd won.’
The War on Terror is as pointless as the War on Drugs, Poverty or any other concept. Declare war on a group of terrorists – not just a foggy notion of ‘They tried to kill mah daddy!’ It is perpetual war for perpetual peace and military spending with out end. Amen.
But thank God for Ted Koppel who interviewed a form IRA terrorist, jailed for a car bombing, and the guy said yes this is terrible, but yes these people are desperate and even further yes: they love the clamping down on our civil rights like the PATRIOT Act. They don’t hate freedom – they love seeing ours taken away.
Meanwhile, Bush fell off his bike. Did he forget his training wheels? The poor Secret Service – the eye-rolling must be out of control by now: I have to die for this douchebag?
How’s the price of oil doing?