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Friday, December 13, 2002
There is no Axis of Evil
The Iraqi opposition Uncle Sam likes is pursuing ties with Axis of Evil member Iran, report Judity Miller and Lowell Bergman of The New York Times. This is nothing new. Last month The New York Times reported the United States was attempting to side with Iranian backed Iraqi exile Ayatollah Muhammad Bakir al-Hakim.
My guess is that if you view President George W. Bush as an honest and/or honorable man that this might be a bit difficult to understand given that on September 20 of last year he said, "“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” Of course if you are like me and view Bush as a lieing power mad leader with no principles other than that the U.S. should dominate, it makes a lot of sense.
What this really gets at is the ridiculousness of viewing the “war on terror” as any one war. Rather it is a catch-all description for a series of domestic, foreign and military policy changes and actions that gets its justification from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, even if the policies have little or nothing to do with those or any other terrorist attacks. There can be no one war because there is no one enemy. What there is are, for one reason or another, individuals who want to commit terrorism against the U.S. as well as non-mutually exclusive but not necessarily united states that fund these terrorists and which want to build weapons of mass destruction possibly for use against the U.S., although no evidence of such intentions has become publicly available. The individuals, groups and states that make up these various categories are not united amongst themselves and are often antagonistic to one another. Quite simply, there is no Axis of Evil.