Saturday, March 01, 2008

Terrorised by "War on Terror" A Climate of Fear


When I see or read or hear

Folks all trembling like frightened deer

Government spin

Has sucked you in

Right where they want you a climate of fear

Himself 2006

I would be the first to admit I quite seldom read articles from the Washington post.
It has however always been my perception that the WAPO is to Bushco what Pravda was to the soviets.

If my perception is correct then why is stuff like this appearing in, from what I have been led to believe, a far from august publication when it comes to printing the truth.


Off topic: Before you move on. If anybody has emailed or is expecting a reply, my email account is NFG, either the BBC's email bot has gone berserk or my provider is jambing my inbox with dozen upon dozen of yesterday's daily email from the Beeb.
Whichever, I can't send or receive.

Terrorized by 'War on Terror'
By Zbigniew Brzezinski

The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.

The damage these three words have done -- a classic self-inflicted wound -- is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare -- political intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.......

The culture of fear is like a genie that has been let out of its bottle. It acquires a life of its own -- and can become demoralizing. America today is not the self-confident and determined nation that responded to Pearl Harbor; nor is it the America that heard from its leader, at another moment of crisis, the powerful words "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"; nor is it the calm America that waged the Cold War with quiet persistence despite the knowledge that a real war could be initiated abruptly within minutes and prompt the death of 100 million Americans within just a few hours. We are now divided, uncertain and potentially very susceptible to panic in the event of another terrorist act in the United States itself.more

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