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Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1009j.asp  --   Read the whole article, it's worth your time.  --

snip----Why won’t Napolitano acknowledge that the American empire provokes anti-Americanism? This isn’t rocket science. You bomb someone; they get mad and try to get even. Terrorism is the price paid for maintaining an empire. But the imperial masters apparently think it’s worth the price. They never suffer; on the contrary, they prosper when they can use the violence to justify further expansion of their power.

And so it goes on, like a perpetual-motion machine. Each act of the empire provokes a response that serves as a pretext for further imperial action. The battlefield is the world, and the “war on terror” can go on forever. Except for the dead, the maimed, the malnourished, and the taxpayers, it’s a sweet deal all around.

That “terrorism” is really vengeance (wrongly exacted from civilians) for earlier crimes of the empire should come as no shock, though it undoubtedly will. Nevertheless, even the mainstream press has let us in on some relevant facts.

“In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife — the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists,” the New York Times reported last month.

“While the stealth war began in the Bush administration, it has expanded under President Obama, who rose to prominence in part for his early opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Virtually none of the newly aggressive steps undertaken by the United States government have been publicly acknowledged. In contrast with the troop buildup in Afghanistan, which came after months of robust debate, for example, the American military campaign in Yemen began without notice in December and has never been officially confirmed.”

In other words, America’s fraudulent peace president is using the paramilitary CIA to fight secret wars. They may be described as attacks on “the enemy,” but they inevitably kill innocents — while unfailingly recruiting new militants bent on revenge. In the U.S. government’s code book, “the enemy” is anyone who opposes a U.S. military presence in his country.

Who would trust the intelligence agencies to identify actual terrorists, anyway? As Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, notes, “After September 11, Iraq, Katrina, the financial meltdown, etc., a bit of modestly might be in order.”

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

We tried that in 93. That brought on 9-11. What spurs terrorism is radical islamist who kill to get to paradise. He is correct, it is not rocket science. We have 3 choices.

1) kill them

2) be killed by them

3) live as they tell us to live

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010


@r3020 wrote:

We tried that in 93. That brought on 9-11. What spurs terrorism is radical islamist who kill to get to paradise. He is correct, it is not rocket science. We have 3 choices.

1) kill them

2) be killed by them

3) live as they tell us to live


There is another option r3020

Since many of you tout the USA as a 'Christian' nation you could try living like the Christian good book says and live peacefully with your neighbours.

If that had been the case in the past I am sure we would have a much more peaceful earth.

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

Canuck, we tried that. Hard to live in peace when some one wants you dead so his 12th imam can come back. You know they are more than willing to kill others when they kill more of their own than any body else does.

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

Three spring up for every one we assassinate with drones.

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010


@r3020 wrote:

Canuck, we tried that. Hard to live in peace when some one wants you dead so his 12th imam can come back. You know they are more than willing to kill others when they kill more of their own than any body else does.


Sorry r3020, guess it was before my time and I missed it.

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010


@hardnox604008 wrote:

Three spring up for every one we assassinate with drones.


Exactly!

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

There is a 4th choice--live as we should be living and protect ourselves but don't go carpet bomb every country that we have a problem with.  The Muslims of the Middle East are religious fanatics as you should realize by now.  We are invaders and they resent that just as we would.  You aren't going to kill them all.  They aren't going to kill all of us and they will never force us to live the way they want.  Why don't we just try to quit p*ssing them off each and every day and leave them alone.  I think that as long as we don't try to force Christianity on them, they won't have any need or desire to try to force Islam on us.  If all believed that the only way to get to heaven is to kill infidels, then they would have been attacking/invading each and every non-Islamic country each and every day for the past 2000 years.  That hasn't happened.  This stuff HAS to stop and we should be big enough to be the first.  Never stop defending ourselves but these aren't uniformed armies of a specific country so when we invade a country because of a few criminals, we make more enemies.

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010

Bart, Bill Clinton went into Bosnia and saved the muslims, how did they repay us?

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Re: Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy by Sheldon Richman, September 28, 2010


@r3020 wrote:

Bart, Bill Clinton went into Bosnia and saved the muslims, how did they repay us?


What do the people of Bosnia have to do with Saudi fanatics who flew some planes into your buildings as I think that is what you are talking about.

You want to make all Muslims fall into one group, one society or even one religion and then label them all the same as a handfull of criminals. (the handfull of criminals is now many hundreds, even thousands of patriots protecting their home lands now).

That is like saying all Christians are the same as the Amish or the small group who live in Bountifull.

Today I heard a quote that I took time to write down. Poll in the US and 65% of the respondents knew nothing about Mohammad or the Muslim religion but all the 65% feared and hated Muslims. Now that is an educated group voting for the leaders of your country. Maybe you should have to pass a test before you can vote.