They’re dead; are they winning?
The basic feature of Islamic terrorism is so painfully obvious, I often marvel at the number of people who keep forgetting it, who miss the point: our enemies kill themselves in order to kill others, and this deed is its own propaganda. Fighting them requires a fair deal of sophistication, for one must fight their propaganda above all else. Indeed, one must undermine their propaganda at every step. In doing actual fighting — you know, the killing that our military is trained to do, and that Republicans so much like ordering — we must not prop up their propaganda.
My critique of George W. Bush and his evil side-kick/mastermind Dick Cheney is that they do not understand this. They think killing, conquering, and rebuilding is all that it takes. They are fools. Consider this latest from Cheney:
The fanatics may have thought they could attack us with impunity — because terrorists had done so previously. . . . They did not know America, and they did not know George W. Bush.
The fanatics did attack with impunity. They are dead. And they got precisely what they wanted: they exchanged their lives for many more thousands of Americans dead. There is absolutely nothing we can do about them.
What about those who supported them? Funded them? Trained them? Many of them are now dead, too. And they got what they wanted.
What did they want? The fulfillment of their own prophecies. They want America to behave like a conquering, anti-Islamic empire. America, in the way it over-reacted and under-reacted to the tragedy, did just that. America solidified its military bases in the mid-East. It lashed out, seeking to conquer. In the course of its war first with the Afghan government and then with the Iraqi government, it has killed thousands upon thousands of innocent Islamic people. All proving how
evil an empire it is. All feeding the frenzy to turn yet more poor Islamic trash (and not-so-trash) into terrorists willing to exchange their lives for others.
America can win against people who risk their lives to kill American soldiers on the battlefield. And the world’s sole
Super Power can certainly win against people who are not its enemies, who are
collateral to any fight; just bomb then into non-existence. But what about armies of those who sneak around, killing themselves so others may be killed?
They are nearly unstoppable, because in a free society there are so many ways to bring oneself into contact with many others, and press DETONATE or otherwise kill by explosion . . . or infection.
The key in any
war on terrorism is to present decreasing incentives for those who hate you to switch from normal hatred to terrorist suicidal mass-murderer.
In their conduct of the war since 9/11/01, the people in America’s Bush administration have done just the opposite. They’ve increased the incentives for Islamic men to become terrorists. Democratic Senator John Kerry would no doubt have botched the response, too — he seems to be a hopelessly misguided fellow when it comes to defense — but even his worst would not have been as bad as what America got, with the
best that the Bush administration delivered.
No nation under attack should rationally encourage a suicidal mindset in its enemies. Especially in the nuclear age . . . or in an age when biochemistry is giving anyone with technical savvy the power to kill millions.
Americans should not be asking if this foreign government or that is sorry for 9/11/01. There should be no sense of triumph for any conquest of any government. Because the enemy is not a government. The enemies who attacked nearly three years ago are all dead. And yet they may be winning.