March 25th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Brzezinski on the "War on Terror"--WashPost 3/25/07

* *    Comment: Many of us have been making this case for years. The
important thing is that Brzezinski can get it published on the front
page of today's Outlook section of the Post.*

Terrorized by 'War on Terror'*
How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America

By Zbigniew Brzezinski
Sunday, March 25, 2007; B01

The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush
administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra
since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on
American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the
world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to
effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may
use terrorism against us.

The damage these three words have done -- a classic self-inflicted wound
-- is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the
fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting
against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It
defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism
is not an enemy but a technique of warfare -- political intimidation
through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.

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