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July 29, 2004
What if we're still at war?
I think this Esquire article sums up my fears that a large portion of America does not take the terror war, and thus this election seriously enough.Posted by hoffmang at 03:33 PM
July 28, 2004
I'm surprised that the arrest of an apparent senior al Qaida operative in Texas hasn't generated more news.
Then again, maybe I'm not. Doesn't fit the news agenda.
July 18, 2004
I always found it entertaining that no one would say Voldermort's name in the Harry Potter series - no one but Harry and Dumbledore that is. There is this spirit of conjuring that comes from stating the true name of the enemy.
We're not fighting a war on terror. We're fighting Wahabiist Islam. We're doing everything we can to end the religious sect and its peripheral follower's attempt to re-establish a reactionary Sunni Islamic Caliphate.
We were attacked by a religious group for old fashioned religious reasons - think Holy Roman Empire type reasons. We've declared war on a religion and its new for at least this chapter of American History. Also, let me stop short an opposition argument. We're smarter than to say we're after Islam. It be like arguing we were after all middle European Christians when we were really after the National Socialists.
Update: Interestingly, the 9/11 commission didn't shy away from naming the problem accurately.Posted by hoffmang at 11:56 PM