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Bloodthirsty Company
September 26, 2001
by Baron Lane

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The terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001 was a horrendous display of theocratic extremism. Lessons need to be learned in order to prevent this type of action being repeated and to honorably honor those that lost their lives.

During the Iran-Iraq war of the early 80's Reagan and Bush embraced terrorism by supporting the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein - approving loans and sales of weapons while knowing that Saddam was using chemical weapons against the Kurds and Iran.

A few years latter Saddam invades Kuwait against Washington's wishes and suddenly he's labeled "the new Hitler."

During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 our Governmenthelped fuel the dwindling concept of the jihad, or holy war, in order to fire a pan-Islamic movement against our then Communist enemy.

For the next ten years the CIA and Saudi intelligence pumped billions of dollars' of arms to the Mujahideen groups, which included Osama bin Laden, fighting in Afghanistan.

When Russia retreated and America lost interest a power vacuum remained that allowed bin Laden and the Taliban to gain power. We now know the tragic result of that.

Our Government has a long history of facile condemnation of terrorists, while at the same time forging ties with those same individuals to help further American foreign policy.

The only way America will confront and defeat terrorism is to face our own hypocritical relationship with it when it serves our Government's foreign policies, including those to buttress our supply of oil.

If Saddam Hussein or Ossama bin Laden choose to employ terrorism there is little the people of Iraq or Afghanistan can do that won't get them slaughtered.

But when people of the most powerful Democracy in the World understand that their Government is involved in employing terrorism we have a moral obligation to demand the terror to end and those responsible be brought to justice. Including members of our own Government.

An open-ended and vague "war on terrorism" is an affront to all of those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

A more fitting remembrance is to weed out, however painfully, why America fell into such bloodthirsty company - and question whether 6000 American lives was worth the price.

 
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