Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Woodrow Wilson Upside-down

"Does our 'war on terror,' which currently includes stabilizing U.S.-fostered governments that enshrine Shariah in Afghanistan and Iraq, in effect place the [US] in the role of making the world safe ... for Shariah? That's one debate question I'd certainly like to see asked. And: Given that Islamic terrorist groups' shared predilection for spreading Shariah, does the current U.S. strategy best serve what we like to think of as the cause of liberty? ... The attorney general of Balikh Province [Afghanistan] Hafizullah Khaliqyar, defended the Kambakhsh blasphemy trial for being 'very Islamic.' In a most instructive interview with Radio Free Afghanistan, he made it clear that he considered blasphemy to be in a separate catagory from 'inviolable' journalistic freedoms", Diana West (DW) at, 25 January 2008.

I opposed Bush's "War on Terrror" from the outset for this reason. DW nails it: what is Bush doing? I can't see spending American blood and treasure to spread Shariah. When we invaded Iraq I immediately concluded our post-war "reconstruction" plans were insane. Why? I remember France's Algeria experience. From 1955-62, Ahmed Ben Bella (ABB) fought the French in a guerilla war until the remaining 900,000 Frenchmen left. After they left, ABB, supposedly a freedom fighter, or whatever he said he was, revealed his true colors and adopted the motto, "One man, one vote, one time". Exactly what I expect in Afghanistan and Iraq. For this we spent over 4,000 American lives and over $600 billion. See also my 30 July 2007 post.

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