Friday, July 08, 2005

Rove Was Right About Liberals

In his speech at New York Conservative Party's Annual Dinner June 22, Karl Rove said "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy for understanding of our attackers."

Well, yes, that is exactly what I thought was needed.

Maybe because Rove's line was delivered with contempt, that position was seen as the wrong reaction but let's look at that course of action and evaluate it.

My first thought on 9/11, when it became apparent this was an attack not an accident, was that someone was delivering "payback" for the dreadful American foreign policies which have unfairly and immorally resulted in military and covert actions in countries around the world.

These were actions not to "protect the lives of Americans," but to insure control of resources for corporate interests. They resulted in the deaths of thousands and the destruction of their homelands. The American Government has been the Schoolyard Bully of the world for generations. The American people, excepting the few who have bothered to inform themselves of our history, have remained largely ignorant of the true agendas of the governmental use of military and covert activities abroad.

Finally, I thought, this attack will cause the many to ask 'Why?' and the ensuing exploration of that question would inform them and perhaps result in a foreign policy that truly conformed to our American ideals.

Incidentally, Rove is mistaken that it was just "liberals" who held this view; the answer to that question was needed by many regardless of political orientation.

Examination and evaluation would have been the right response to the 9/11 attack. It would have been the intelligent and mature response. If a member of our family or community lashes out, do we kill him or do we seek to understand what caused the anger? Why have we evolved as thinking beings if the acceptable response to that which we don't understand is violence? If violence were the appropriate response, our brains would have stopped developing beyond the primal stage. Lashing out is immature; evaluation is mature and serves us well to insure our well being by helping us to understand the threat then to develop a strategy to diffuse it.

Rove went on to say, "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and went to war. Conservatives saw what happened to us and said we will defeat our enemies."

Well, let's take a look at where this has brought us to. First of all, the enemies list has grown from 19 hijackers and whoever supported them to millions of people in the Muslim countries who had nothing to do with 9/11.

Instead of a criminal investigation which would have ferreted out the true perpetrators and brought them to justice, thousands of Afghans were the target of our bombs. We were told we had to get Osama bin Laden who they said had planned the 9/11 attacks.

What about this charge?

The Bush administration had promised to give us proof that Osama bin Laden had orchestrated the attacks. They have failed to do so.

Not one paper showing the links was ever given to us. He was declared the 'enemy' without a single iota of proof. Normally a death sentence requires some evidence. Where is it?

Then Iraq. The WMD charges against Iraq were false too. Were we ever shown the proof there either?

Think of this, 9/11 lasted about 3 hours and horrified us. The Shock and Awe attack on Iraq lasted for 200 hours followed by an occupation of their country. Can you imagine how freaked out they must be? The unguarded borders of their country has made it possible for foreign fighters to come in now they have real terrorists blowing up car bombs and killing Iraqis every day. The insurgency, which is fighting to end the occupation of their country, gets painted with the same black brush and is accused of 'terrorism' because they oppose occupying troops. Who wouldn't fight an occupation? We sure would.

Terrorism has increased because of our use of escalating violence against others. We are not safer. Like a contagion, the killing and destruction is spreading, costing us more precious life, more money and making us more hated.

Here at home the so called "War on Terror" has caused our government to turn on our own Muslim people, arresting them, holding them without judicial process and causing great harm to these members of our own society, and by extension, to our larger society. Our civil liberties have been restricted due to the Patriot Act. Our soldiers are being killed, maimed and emotionally damaged in these terrible wars. Money needed for our infrastructure, education, health and progress is being used for destructive purposes. The Afghans are suffering, the Iraqis are suffering and we are suffering.

So, Karl, it seems the gut-reaction-violence-response is not only immature, it is stupid, counter-productive, dangerous and has led us into a nightmare you and your little group have imposed on us.

Of course, the rush to war did achieve another purpose. It diverted us from taking a careful look at the 9/11 evidence and doing a real investigation that might have exposed gross governmental negligence or perhaps even complicity. After all, immature minds are capable of doing anything to get their way.

Susan Dyer--Guest Bloggist