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The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
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|The genius of George Bush lies in his ability to reduce murky complexity to lucid simplicity. Confounded by our invasion of Iraq, the civil war we touched off there, and the continued presence of our troops as targets in that sectarian shooting gallery? Confused by our encouragement of the Israeli bombing of apartment buildings in Lebanon, which has made heroes of a terrorist group and intensified the Muslim world’s hatred of the U.S.? Perturbed by our lack of support for Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, turning his country into an impoverished, lawless, narcostate? There is no need; Mr. Bush cleared it all up in his weekly radio address.
“For decades, American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by promoting stability in the Middle East, yet these policies gave us neither. The lack of freedom in that region created conditions where anger and resentment grew, radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits. “*
Stability, bad. Civil war, bombed apartment buildings, lawless narcostates, good. A paradox? Bear with the President, who went on to say “The experience of September the 11th made it clear that we could no longer tolerate the status quo in the Middle East… So we have launched a forward strategy for freedom in the broader Middle East, and that strategy has set in motion a transformation that is changing millions of lives for the better. From Kabul to Baghdad, to Beirut, and beyond…”
That civil war in Iraq, the demolition derby in Lebanon, and the growing anarchy in Afghanistan, where conditions are so bad President Karzai says he won’t run again? Part of the master plan, the “forward strategy for freedom.” We’re changing millions of lives for the better by bringing the gift of freedom to the Iraqis, the Lebanese, and the Afghans. Don’t associate freedom with getting slaughtered by sectarian enemies, blown up by U.S. supplied smart bombs, or staring down the muzzle of a drug dealing warlord’s AK 47? That’s what the President and his allies call “Pre-9/11 thinking.” 9/11, as Mr. Bush likes to remind us, changed everything.
The idea that Middle East stability is a good is about as quaint as the Geneva Conventions, or Habeas Corpus. Stability just leads to boredom, boredom leads to frustration, and frustration results in attacks on the U.S. Mr. Atta and his associates amply demonstrated this truth on 9/11. It’s what might be called the Monty Python Effect, after the Python hooligan character who menaced victims, muttering “I’m bored, and I’ve got a stick.”
But freedom from stability, the kind of freedom that President Bush is promoting in Afghanistan and the Middle East, keeps us safe. That’s because all the potential Mr. Attas are so busy either killing each other or selling heroin that they have neither the time nor the inclination to launch further attacks against us. This was President Bush’s great insight. As long as we keep all the trouble spots free of stability, we have nothing to worry about.
Of course, the President’s forward strategy for freedom has just begun to unfold. Only one of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers was Lebanese, after all. Their orders came from Al Qada HQ in Afghanistan, and while Iraq had nothing to do with anything, it was stable, in a nasty kind of way. Reason enough to blow it up, because it might have produced Atta clones at any moment.
Meanwhile, the other eighteen hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Those countries are very stable, for now. Trust Mr. Bush to know what to do about that.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2006
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