Friday, July 08, 2005

 

Leonard Pitts Jr. Makes a Point

I agree with every word, and he says it better than I could.

Tell me again how the Iraq war has made us safer from terrorism. Point out for me again how we've suffered no terrorist attack since the day President Bush took the fight to the enemy. You'll have to speak up, though. It's going to be hard to hear you over the explosions and sirens and wails of the maimed in London. ... Here's my take: Staggered and made to feel helpless by the Sept. 11 attacks, the nation needed something to hit. So we hit those that needed hitting -- the Taliban, which had sheltered Osama bin Laden -- but we didn't stop there. Apparently, we bought into the xenophobic notion that taking down a Muslim tyrant who wasn't threatening us was the same as taking down the Muslim extremists who had hurt us so badly. Hopping mad and led by a president spoiling for a fight, we attacked the wrong guy. And many of us didn't care because it gave us the sense that we were doing something. It gave us false comfort. It is past time we faced that fact. At this writing, nearly 40 people are said to be dead in the London attack and 700 injured. Meantime, the U.S. casualty count in Iraq -- dead and injured -- stands at more than 15,000, and rising. It occurs to me that false comfort has come at a very high price.
I expect The Usual Suspects to exploit this tragedy as justification for the War On Terror a.k.a. the invasion of Iraq. The fact is, however, that it is a horrible example of why invading Iraq was exactly the wrong thing to do. Bush's War turned it into a breeding ground for terrorists; he's made the world more dangerous, not safer. Do I hold Bush responsible for yesterdays bombings? You damn betcha I do. He created the incentive to target London.
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