As if the recently exposed 'liquid bomb' plot and subsequent airline scare hasn't done enough to frighten Americans back into compliance, this article by CNN will remind us to be constantly afraid
The latest alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners en route from London to the United States is said to bear all the hallmarks of al Qaeda. Those who track these events point out the plot was similar to one that was disrupted back in the 1990s. The bottom line: al Qaeda will keep trying an array of lethal plots [emphasis mine].
Coincidentally, CNN released the results of a nationwide poll
which showed that 74% of Americans believe bin Laden will strike again.
Why is this newsworthy? Of course
al-Qaeda--or any number of offshoots--would attempt an attack on the United States. Regardless of how thickly layered our security regime has grown, or how many explosive residue-sniffing machines we install, the fact remains that the policies which encouraged the East African bombings, the USS Cole bombing, and the World Trade Center bombings have not been fundamentally changed. As demonstrated by our silent approval of the Israeli war on Lebanon, the United States remains indifferent to, even hostile towards, the plight of the Third World. A thousand Lebanese civilians die from American-made, Israeli-fired missiles, and we call Hizbollah
I've been rereading The Wretched of the Earth
by Frantz Fanon, the Algerian nationalist and revolutionary thinker, and this sentence stands out as particularly appropriate:
The very same people who had it constantly drummed into them that the only language they understood was that of force, now decide to express themselves with force.
When you treat a people as less than human, when you torture them and disgrace them and murder their families wholesale--all for some petty economic or political motive--then how can you expect them to not
hate you? How can you expect them not
to fight back?
And President Bush dares wonder why the Iraqi people are so ungrateful
More generally, the participants said, the president expressed frustration that Iraqis had not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq, and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd.
Stop killing their children, President Bush, and maybe they'll stop killing ours.