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Questioning 9/11 « Previous | |Next »
September 11, 2006

The Bush Administration's war narrative is based on a campaign of fear, likening any who dare to criticise its policies to the appeasers of Hitler. It warns that Americans that it may be necessary to confront "the enemy" in the aisles of their supermarkets. The strategy seems to be one of it being necessary to bomb the village to save it.

Paul McGeough's conclusion in the Sydney Morning Hearld to his series The War of Ideas contains somegood insights on this war narrative. He quotes the response by Michael Scheuer, a 22-year CIA veteran who headed the agency's bin Laden unit to the question: Is the US safer or more vulnerable to terrorism?

More vulnerable, he [Scheuer] says. "Billions have been spent to stop the dumb-head who tries to come into the country ... [But] we're not safer because we're still operating on the assumption that we're hated because of our freedoms, when in fact we're hated because of our actions in the Islamic world. From the standpoint of democracy, Saudi Arabia looks much worse than Iran. We [the US] now use the term 'Islamofascism' - but we're supporting it in Saudi Arabia, with Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and even Jordan is a police state."

McGeough asks: just who is the enemy of the US becomes more complicated by the day, especially as Americans try to wrap their heads around the emergence of Tehran as a regional power in the Muslim Middle East, at a time when the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have reignited the Sunni-Shiite schism that is at the heart of Islam?

Bush and Rumsfeld now hector a non-specific entity they call the "Islamofascists". But who are they - the Shiite-controlled Government of Iraq, which, nominally at least, is a US ally but also increasingly an ally of Iran and is dependent for political support on murderous militias? Or are they the mad mullahs of Tehran, who also are Shiite? Or are they the West-friendly Sunni House of Saud, which controls Saudi Arabia's huge oil wealth and has for decades funded the propagation of the virulent Wahabi strain of Islam that underpinned the Taliban in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda? And what of Washington's other ally, Pakistan? Does the distribution of nuclear know-how and parts to rogue states or the provision of shelter to al-Qaeda fugitives make it Islamofascist?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:20 PM | | Comments (0)
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