Friday, August 05, 2005

The Alternate Universe of Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld's Recent Comments attempting to delink the recent London bombings with our invasion and occupation of Iraq either A.) betrays that he knows absolutely nothing about the people we're allegedly at war with, or B.) he understands the roots and intricacies of Islamic Extremism, but yet again is attempting to construct his own Rumsfeldian version of reality.

Many of the London bombers were British-Pakistanis with links to Jaish-e-Muhammad, an Islamic militant group with ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, operating in the hinterlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This and groups of its ilk are explicitly infused with al-Qaeda's atavistic propaganda of "The West is at War against Islam" and "Kick the Crusaders out of the Middle East", and impressionable/dislocated young Muslims from Manila to London are recruited by operatives plying pictures of dead civilians in Gaza, Falluja, and Kabul.

And Rumsfeld's comments are even more surprising after Ayman al-Zawahiri's lastest chart-topping music video yesterday:

"The truth that has been kept from you by (President) Bush, (Secretary of State Condoleezza) Rice and (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld is that there is no way out of Iraq without immediate withdrawal, and any delay on this means only more dead, more losses. If you don't leave today, certainly you will leave tomorrow, and after tens of thousands of dead, and double that figure in disabled and wounded."

To me, it just seems like the Bush team has always had an agenda since 9/11, and they won't like anything, (including reality) get in the way. But to think that you can barge into a region that's already seething with anti-Americanism because of our history and policies, (Support for Israel aggression and Arab Police States) destroy their infrastructure, uproot their society, kill 20,000 civilians, instigate an influx of crazy jihadis, and then to say the countervailing reaction (which I'm not condoning at all - I think these extremists are the craziest of the crazies) has "nothing to do" with our policies in the region is just batshit insane. It's like a fat kid who's been whacking a beehive with bat for 30 years finally sticking his head into a beehive and then acting surprised when all the bees sting the shit out of him. (yes, he this hypothetical fat kid is at least 34 years old.)

Then Rumsfeld attempts to further his "we have nothing to do with why people attack us" illogic by saying something like "there was no war in Iraq or Afghanistan when terrorists attacked the Beirut barracks in 1983". True, but the U.S. WAS shelling Shiite and Druse positions in Beirut and its environs, killing hundreds of civilians, as well as finacially aiding an Israeli Army/Maronite Government that was committing unspeakable atrocities.

If this conflict with Islamic Extremism is ever going to be resolved, our elected officials have to start being more honest with the American people about its actual causes and stop propounding this disingenuous notion of perpetual American exculpability.


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