From: John Whitbeck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 23:41:15 +0300
Subject: William Pfaff on the "Long War" (IHT)
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is a magnificent article by Bill Pfaff, published in today's International Herald Tribune. As usual, Bill shines his bright light of reason and common sense on a world which, increasingly, seems to be run by madmen and populated overwhelmingly by easily brainwashed sheep.
As Bill and, at a less august level, I have been arguing in print since the months immediately following 9/11, so-called "terrorism", by any rational standard, is NOT a serious problem. The serious problem and genuine threat is so-called "counter-terrorism" and the totalitarian trend pursued by those in or close to power who, for their own reasons and to further their own agendas, propagate irrational fear and then purport to protect us all from a threat no more serious than peanuts and bathtubs.
William Pfaff: A 'long war' designed to perpetuate itself
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2006
PARIS The U.S. Defense Department and the White House have decided that the United States is now conducting "the Long War" rather than what previously was known as the War against Terror, then as the Global Struggle against Violent Extremism, and briefly - as one revealing Pentagon study described it - a war against "the Universal Adversary."
President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address last month that the aim of his administration is to defeat radical Islam. This was a preposterous statement. Shortly afterward, radical Islam began burning embassies from Afghanistan and Indonesia to Damascus and Beirut. The United States is not going to defeat that.
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