The war on terror is over – the terrorists have won
And why the Bush and Obama administrations are complicit in the terrorists’ victory
As 21st century Americans, we have seen the “War on Terror” become a phrase increasingly used to invoke unbridled, unfathomable, unimaginable fear. With the 9/11 attacks, terrorists wanted to not only bring fear to our soil but to make it an endemic characteristic of our culture. This is one critical aspect by which terrorists measure their success – how afraid they make their enemy. Instead of rationally assessing the true damage that could be wreaked on the American people by terrorism (which is far less than common wisdom or the national dialogue would suggest), our government succumbed to this fear-fuelled (indeed, some may even say fear-mongering) mindset.
In response to Vladmir Putin’s New York Times editorial , John McCain recently penned his own response to the people of Russia. McCain was, no doubt, attempting to show Putin that two can play at this game, but where McCain went wrong was, well, in a lot of places. For starters, as this Salon article points out, while Putin published in at least a somewhat reputable news source, McCain published in the equivalent of a Russian tabloid.
I was at a party once when a good friend of mine (a 25 year old female) began to discuss how she felt pressured to find the right guy and get married. After all, she said, so many of her friends were taking the leap, and here she was single. This sentiment was then repeated by another friend (same age and gender), and then another. At this point, I said something along the lines of: “That’s ridiculous. You’re all wrong, here’s why.” Half the people in the group laughed, a couple called me an asshole, and one said that I needed to start a blog with that title. I guess you can figure out who I listened to. Below is more or less what I said at that party (somewhat expanded, I’m not that much of a bore over drinks), but with a little more data to back it up.