The Peach

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Where's Osama?

While The Peach feels great pain at the events in London, it simultaneously feels that the Bush administration's taking its eye off the ball in Afghanistan and its catastrophic failure in Iraq were major contributors to today's bombings.

As both British and American officials bloviate about how the bombings represent attacks on "our way of life," they continue to avoid discussing the one thing that could possibly put an end to all of this: capturing Osama bin Laden. Apparently, it's a lot easier to fulminate about barbarism then to admit that the war in Iraq has created a new legion of militants.

And The Peach doesn't buy the whole argument that Islamic militants hate the way we live. Well they do. At least, they probably hate the way Paris Hilton prances around with no burka on. But this notion of whole hordes of terrorists hating freedom and democracy is nothing more than an emotional smokescreen, designed to arouse a kind of jingo-istic American outrage without really explaining anything. The words are meant precisely to short-circuit any serious thought.

The reality is that terrorist attacks are occurring because Bush's ill-advised war in Iraq has made the world a more dangerous place. Every day we see American soldiers killed trying to extinguish what amounts to nothing more than an impending civil war between Shiites and Sunnis when they should be busy tracking down the real terrorists responsible for September 11. And keep in mind that those folks don't live in Iraq, or at least, they didn't until Bush's War created the perfect lawless, violent, angry environment there for them to thrive.

So, what's the solution? The Peach would like to see the current administration give the American people a legitimate plan for the future -- of Iraq and of the quote-unquote war on terror. We must demand that the White House tell us exactly what sort of democratic nation we should expect in Iraq. And we should also ask for an explanation of how a democratic Iraq will stabilize the Mid-East. Will it make other Arab nations more democratic? How? Will Iraq be a nation with American military support? And if so, will it be a threat to Iran and other anti-American countries? And if it is, what are the possibilities that we will go to war again?

And while Bush's War just keeps on making us safer and safer, someone needs to ask the president how this new Euro-Qaida group could have sprung up without anyone in the intelligence community apparently knowing a thing about it. If everything is supposed to be so much better, how come it is exactly the same (if not worse)?

The bottom line is this: the current plan isn't working. It's nothing short of disastrous and today's events in London prove it. The administration wants us to continue on an emotional pendulum swing between quivering terror and shallow, bellicose patriotism. The truth is, we do need to get mad. But not (or not only) at the militants. Instead, we need to demand some explanations and real results from our leaders. That's what they get paid for. We need to stop letting them tell us that disaster is success. And someone needs to point out the "the course" that the president is constantly urging us to "stay" is in fact leading us straight over a cliff.