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Friday, January 14, 2005

What was a country is now a training ground

The New York Times > Washington > U.S. Panel Sees Iraq as Terror Training Area: The discussion of the war in Iraq is limited to two paragraphs in the 119-page report, and its potential impact on terrorism is described only in general terms. But the report says that the war, as well as other possible conflicts, 'could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalized' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself.'
To suggest that the presence of these forces in Iraq is good because it is drawing them away from the United States, seems to me the worst form of evasion. Evasion of this sort is denying the humanity and significance of all the people who live in Iraq. If there were a strong government in Iraq, one that could not be easily confused with a US Puppet Government™, it would seem almost impossible to have the terrorist breed up so strong and big. I sense revisionist history here. Now that we have this problem, how can we spin it as intentional and a good thing. A Moral Values Presidency™ brought to you by Bush Inc.

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