Same as it ever was: weaving the themes of the eternal battle of good against evil, for the most lucrative, profitable result

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Fri Nov 14 01:34:28 MST 2003


In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American People on
September 20, 2001, the rhetoric of President Bush linked the Islamic
attackers to every popular nasty stereotype used to justify American
imperialism everywhere anytime: "We have seen their kind before. They are
the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By
sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions - by abandoning every
value except the will to power - they follow in the path of fascism, of
Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to
where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."

This nonsensical, waffly generalisation, which is quoted in the National
Strategy for Combating Terrorism, is followed by a very interesting comment:
"Americans know that terrorism did not begin on September 11, 2001.
Regrettably its history is long and all too familiar. The first major
terrorist attack on New York's financial district, for instance, (...)
occurred September 16, 1920, when anarchists exploded a horse cart filled
with dynamite near the intersections of Wall Street and Broad Streets...
American history in the 20th century was punctuated by terrorism."

It's sort of like terrorism is like a tyre puncture, which is part of the
risk of owning a car. But it is a useful argument to justify being late for
work, while taking care of your own business on the way.

Check out the neocon garbage for yourself at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/counter_terrorism/counter_te
rrorism_strategy.pdf

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right?...Am I wrong?
And you may tell yourself
MY GOD!...WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...





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