Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The latest battlefield

Bush blabbers on. How can people still actually believe this crap? :

"The terrorists who attacked us - and the terrorists we face - murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent."

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"Many terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania."

Hands up who thinks the insurgency (there's a clue in the name) would be blowing stuff and people up in Baghdad if Iraq hadn't been invaded?

Blair continues to decline apologies for "toppling" Saddam. Fair enough, but it's about time leaders started accepting some responsibility for the violence they created.

Meanwhile, there's a good answer for my previous question, and for Phil's closing question. Fear.

Not fear of terrorists - that's a smokescreen. The real fear here is an insecurity of the soul, a deeply embedded, cultural insecurity that hides itself through bluster, arms and propaganda. The illusion that unless other cultures are "restricted", the US - no, the Western way of life will be snatched away.

"Shock and Awe" tactics aren't primarily a display of might against an enemy, with the intention to make them gawp and question who they're up against - that's only a side effect. Rather, they're a display of might to comfort the instigators, the people back home, that they can rest easy cos no-one's about to take all the stuff they've "earned" away from them.

The "latest battlefield" isn't a place. It's the minds of all the spectators, watching comfortably from cosy armchairs through blaring TV sets. And on that field, it's a battle between what we imagine ourselves to be, and what we truly are but that we can never admit.

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