The War On Terror

Suppose a murderous gang were on the loose in a city. The police, having been unable to prevent the gang’s crimes or apprehend the criminals, decide instead to draw up a secret list of people alleged to be gang members and sympathizers and then to start assassinating the people on the list — and to do so in the most haphazard way possible, bombing and strafing entire neighborhoods in the hope of killing bad guys lurking therein. How long would residents of those neighborhoods put up with that barbaric behavior before rising up against the cops and their supporters? More to the point, how many police supporters would condemn the protesters as gang sympathizers deserving of death — only to realize too late that the police now had their sights trained on their own supporters’ neighborhoods as well?

The preceding is, of course, a thinly disguised version of what has occurred over the last decade in the U.S. government’s “war on terror.” A terrible crime was perpetrated against innocent Americans in 2001, and their surviving countrymen’s response has been to endorse, at least tacitly, worldwide “death squads” commanded by the U.S. government. They have even given the president sole discretion to order the assassination of American citizens — all the while clinging to the absurd notion that those actions, previously considered the province of totalitarian regimes, were both defending freedom at home and spreading it abroad.

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