Thursday, July 28, 2005
I guess the Global War on Terrorism is at an end. Or maybe it's been going so poorly President Scrimgeour
is hoping a name change will make us forget that.
Either way, we are now engaged in the Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.
What a nice, bland phrase. And it's so versatile. Now we can go after "extremism", which I am sure can be manipulated to mean anything President Scrimgeour can want it to mean.
But what I find more interesting is that we are no longer in a war, but a "struggle". It's a turn of phrase that is important to discuss.
A war is fought to achieve concrete goals without necessarily wiping out your enemy. And when it's done, treaties are signed and the combatants learn to live with one another.
But a struggle? That's an ideological conflict that is, in it's own way, "extreme". Note the leader who has previously used this word. That paragon of sanity, Adolph Hitler, named his book "Mein Kampf" or "My Struggle" and was quoted as saying "Struggle is the father of all things."
By using the word "struggle", the White House has now set us into a global death match. Forget using political tools to augment our military capacity to foster a favorable solution. Oh no. This is now a zero-sum, last-man standing battle.
And isn't it interesting that in the arabic language, "jihad" means "struggle"?
But, surely, that should come as little surprise to you. This Administration has been extreme in its own way. And now they are setting the US on its own jihad. Our soldiers are now warriors for the Theo-Cons warped version of Christianity
No longer are we warring on terror. We are now struggling in an epic conflict of ideals.
God save us all.