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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?
"he did intend to create them as soon as the sanctions were lifted, and the sanctions were effective" - correct! And looking how long the sanctions against Lybia were in effect - they still are to this day - I am sure Saddam would have been very frustrated.

"From Saddam's perspective, UN sanctions hindered his ability to rule Iraq with complete authority and autonomy." - correct, so we agree that the sanctions were effective!

"He viewed the sanctions "as a form of economic war"" - correct, sanctions are a form of economic war and an effective one as well. The Food for Oil program did stop Saddam from developing WMDs. And it did cost not one drop of US blood! What's the body count of Bush's war up to today? 1,200? US soldiers of course only - the dead amongst the liberated Iraqi people is much much higher! Tell the families of these people why they had to die!

"Hussein maintained his ability to produce WMDs by retaining personnel with the ability to create such weapons." - if Saddam hadn't been a brutal dictator I would have said it's nice he kept his personell employed. Why doesn't Bush keep the Mid-West in employment...

"Iraq still posessed its most important BW asset, the scientific know-how of its BW cadre." - ahhm... Had Saddam killed them all, would you have been happier? What else can you do with a bichemical engineer or a nuclear scientist? Such a person could not easily be employed as a gardener and even then his knowledge doesn't just disappear. Are you suggesting decapitation to get rid of the knowledge? Fact remains that there were no MEANS to produce WMDs. And please don't talk about blueprints for "the bomb", as any school child could find them via Google.

"plans or designs for three long-range ballistic missiles with ranges from 400 to 1,000 km" - as above, a blueprint isn't a WMD yet. Now, please explain to me how a 1,000 km missile could be a threat to mainland USA? Even if it had existed it would only be a threat to Iran and Israel, but not to the USA.

"Saddam's continuing desire . . . for a long-range delivery capability." - I have no hesitation to believe that. I have the desire to be a multi-millionaire. But somehow I don't think it'll ever happen.

Fact is: the sanctions were VERY effective! The war wasn't and isn't!