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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Is the War on Terror Really About Terrorism?

In the post- 9/11 world, security has become an important issue for most Americans. We are constantly reminded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that future terrorist attacks in the US are not a matter of “if”, but only a matter of “when”.

In the past weeks, numerous reports have been issued stating that our borders and airlines are not properly protected. For example, in recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a DHS official indicated that "…Al Qaeda operatives have considered using the Mexican border as an entry point”. Still the border remains unprotected. Last Thursday, America's unionized airline pilots issued its Aviation Security Report Card in which they contend that “gaping holes” still exist in the way passengers and employees are screened, cargo is scanned, credentials are distributed, flight crews are trained and planes are protected from the possibility of shoulder fired missiles.

Why haven’t we seriously addressed domestic security issues? Do we lack the technology to protect our airlines? Is the border issue too immersed in the immigration issue? Do we lack the money to provide these safeguards? To find the answer to these questions, I think it is prudent to consider a few points.

So far, we have spent over $150 billion on the war in Iraq. There have been some positive developments (elections in Iraq, Quaddafi turning over WMDs, Syria withdrawing from Lebanon), but there have also been negative ones as well. The pre-war sanctions and the war itself have directly led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians and over 1,500 US soldiers. Iraq may end up with an extremist theocracy intent on implementing Islamic law. Now there is an escalating situation with Iran.

While it is my hope that democracy will prevail, I think it is fair to say that we have created somewhat of a mess. And a solution does not appear to be imminent.

Nevertheless, we are continuing to pour more of the taxpayer's money into Iraq. American corporate interests, some of which are connected to the very people who sent us to war in the first place, are turning a handsome profit! And they have not borne any significant costs in exchange for the no-bid contracts they received.

And somehow we don't have enough money to address homeland security.

Why so much attention over there and so little attention to domestic security issues?

Maybe the war on terror ISN’T about terrorism after all!

2 Comments:

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Be said...

Boy oh boy, have you said it all. I often wonder what W. and Washington in general is thinking. When I become Queen of the Universe, I promise that we will not have these problems. Want to be in my cabinet?

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Joe Verica said...

Hi Be

Generally I am opposed to monarchies, but I suppose if it were a constitutional monarchy wherein the manorach had litte power (like England) I could go for that. Could I then be Prime Minister?

 

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