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What a nuisance

This has been feasted on by bloggers all over the freaking place, but The Bleat says it perfectly:

When I asked Kerry what it would take for Americans to feel safe again, he displayed a much less apocalyptic worldview. "We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance," Kerry said. "As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life."


Tony Soprano doesn�t take over schools and shoot kids in the back. The doxies of the Bunny Ranch don�t train at flight schools to ram brothels into skyscrapers.

A nuisance?

A nuisance? I don't want the definition of success of terrorism to be "it isn't on the rise." I want the definition of success to be "free democratic states in the Middle East and the cessation of support of those governments and fascist states we haven't gotten around to kicking in the ass yet." I want the definition of success to mean a free Lebanon and free Iran and a Saudi Arabia that realizes there's no point in funding the fundies. An Egypt that stops pouring out the Jew-hatred as a form of political novacaine to keep the citizens from turning their ire on their own government. I want the definition of success to mean that Europe takes a stand against the Islamicist radicals in their midst before the Wahabbi poison is the only acceptable strain on the continent. Mosquito bites are a nuisance. Cable outages are a nuisance. Someone shooting up a school in Montana or California or Maine on behalf of the brave martyrs of Fallujah isn't a nuisance. It's war.

But that's not the key phrase. This matters: We have to get back to the place we were.

But when we were there we were blind. When we were there we losing. When we were there we died. We have to get back to the place we were. We have to get back to 9/10? We have to get back to the place we were. So we can go through it all again? We have to get back to the place we were. And forget all we've learned and done? We have to get back to the place we were. No. I don�t want to go back there. Planes into towers. That changed the terms. I am remarkably disinterested in returning to a place where such things are unimaginable. Where our nighmares are their dreams.

We have to get back to the place we were.

No. We have to go the place where they are.
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Re: What does it take to feel safe again?
(Anonymous)
... okay, so after Bush gets re-elected... shall we first invade Iran, then Syria, then North Korea? Or would you prefer a different order? And if so, why?

My reasons for this order are simple: Iran is actively pursuing WMDs or at least hasn't distanced itself enough to not be invaded. Plus, they took US hostages some time ago and we haven't paid them back yet. Plus, the region would be better off.

Then Syria, because it would create a wonderful corridor between the Mediterranean and the Gulf. We could pipe oil in any direction then....

North Korea... Well, they really should be first, having a madman dictator, totally unstable and pursuing WMDs... but where's the oil? A country of starving poor souls isn't really worth invading now, is it? Maybe we let them get away...

Oh, I just remembered Kuwait! Wasn't it great how that little country got liberated a while back? Finally democratic elections? Hang on... Nope, the women especially still don't have a say in anything. Oh well, democracy takes time I guess....