I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

A war or not a war?

To begin with a do believe we are threatened by Islamic fundamentalists at the same time I also believe that the methods being used to combat this threat by the US government, aka the Bush administration, is not only wrong but making things worse. The Talking Dog has an interview with Jeffrey F. Addicott is Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Administration, and Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He gets to the meat of the controversy right up front:
Now, let me preface everything else I'm going to say with a simple proposition. I firmly believe we are in a “state of war” with al Qaeda and similar al Qaeda-like groups. The Global War on Terrorism is not a metaphor like the “war on drugs” or the “war on poverty.” Indeed, if we are not in a "state of war," then the government is clearly engaging in a wide variety of illegal activities to include the detention process at Guantanamo. If we are at war, then these things are not unprecedented at all.
This is where many of us disagree, "the war on terror" is indeed a metaphor just like "the war on drugs". We are dealing with outlaws who are not really tied to any nation state. The war on drugs has been a dismal failure in spite of the occasional hype about a big bust. For every dealer that is killed or captured there are always more to replace him. Billions have been spent with few positive results. The people growing the opium and coca continue to do so because they have few if any alternatives to make a living and feed their families.

In a sense the war on terror is a greater failure. When an entire town or village is destroyed to kill a few terrorists the entire community can often be recruited by the terrorists. Since the US invaded Iraq terrorism world wide has increased.

Yes it is a metaphor but would be tyrants benefit. From Andrew Sullivan yesterday:
...this war has no clearly defined enemy and no clearly defined end-point. So the presidential over-reach was particularly grave because it threatened a permanent expansion of law-free executive power (which is another word for an elected tyranny). As Orwell understood, a permanent war is integral to the maintenance of tyranny...
Just what those like Cheney who want an imperial presidency desire, a permanent war.

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