[A-List] Antiques roadshow
CharlesB at cncl.ci.detroit.mi.us
Tue Feb 12 11:37:17 MST 2002
>>> Michael.Keaney at mbs.fi 02/12/02 03:55AM >>>
Islamism is the new bolshevism
The campaign to eliminate the terrorist threat must also end our
unfinished business in Iraq, writes Margaret Thatcher
Tuesday February 12, 2002
"Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself
like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks."
Milton's words perfectly describe America today. After the horror of
September 11 the world has seen America gather its strength, summon its
allies and proceed to wage war halfway across the globe against its
enemy - and ours.
CB: This is pretty bad history. The U.S. has been waging war halfway around the globe regularly and often at least since the Korean War and before. That's not what is new in this situation. What is new in the current situation is not the the U.S. committing mass murder in far away places, but that somebody scored a direct hit in the heart of the American homeland. What has taken a giant leap is the _vulnerability_, not the invincibility of the U.S.
And sure, the U.S. scored a quick victory of sorts, but even Bush has said that there are thousands of Al Qaida members still at large, including of course the main one they were trying to get , Bin Laden. It would seem that this circumstance creates a significant threat of future terrorist attacks.
America will never be the same again. It has proved to itself and to
others that it is in truth (not just in name) the only global
superpower, indeed a power that enjoys a level of superiority over its
actual or potential rivals unmatched by any other nation in modern
times. Consequently, the world outside America should never be the same
either. There will, of course, arise new threats from new directions.
But as long as America works to maintain its technological lead, there
is no reason why any challenge to American dominance should succeed. And
that in turn will help ensure stability and peace.
CB: Since it has just led to war, it might lead to even more war in the future.
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