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by John Seery
Let's face it: Osama bin Laden, holed up in his cave somewhere, must be laughing at us. He's calling the shots, and he really doesn't have to lift a finger. Why? George Bush is doing his bidding. His administration has suspended many civil liberties and deftly defied the U.S. Constitution. Junked the Geneva Convention. Tortured prisoners. Oversaw criminal acts at Abu Ghraib. Ignored due process at Guantanamo. Engaged in domestic spying without court supervision. Flushed billions down the toilet in Iraq. Weakened our military readiness. Set much of the world against us. The Middle East is now ablaze in terrorism. At home, we live constantly in "elevated fear" levels (whether color coded or not). Our internal politics have become poisonously divided, not united. Osama bin Laden is playing George Bush like a cheap fiddle.
We shouldn't be surprised that Bush has been so stunningly gullible. He fell for Saddam's bluster about WMDs. He allowed himself to be conned by the in-house neo-cons. He believes Karl Rove when Karl Rove assures him that it is a good thing to put on a flight suit for an aircraft photo-op.
The Republicans now want to ride the terror bandwagon back to electoral victory. If you're frightened to death about our national security, they tell us, vote Republican. And thus Osama bin Laden wins again, with the Republicans as his co-conspirators (or dupes). Don't they realize that every time a U.S. military war hero such as John Murtha gets "Swift Boated" by his fellow Americans, Osama bin Laden chuckles to himself: "Why, I didn't even have to pay those guys to be my agents of agitation!"
I was talking to my neighbor yesterday about this, she's American, and we came to the conclusion that this is just a repeat of previous ratcheting up and down of the terror train, to pump people with fear for the upcoming election.
Originally posted by spencerjohnstone
How would that affect us here in the UK??? We got nothing to do with the elections over in the USA ya know. Ahh hang on your pointing out US Voters point taken
Originally posted by nb25
- 7-7-05 London bombings (MI-5 of course)
Originally posted by Peyres
The government can't win on this. A terror attack succeeds, and its either an act of shadowny government branches, or they get blamed for being incompetent.
A terror attack is foiled...and its just a plot to scare us (I'm not scared)
If they really wanted to scare us properly, surely they would just commit another attrocity on their people
[edit on 11-8-2006 by Peyres]
I don't believe the whole thing is a government plot, I'm pretty skeptical on Vast Dark Conspiricies™ in general.