Friday, December 03, 2004

This is so tendentious it makes me want to cry
Iraq War apologist and colonial booster-extraordinaire Max Boot, writes in today's L.A. Times:

Even in a best-case scenario, however, the bombings and beheadings won't end the day after the vote. It can take a decade or more to defeat an insurgency (Colombia has been fighting Marxist guerrillas since 1966), and even a small number of determined fighters can wreak mayhem. In the 1970s, fewer than 100 members of the Baader-Meinhof gang terrorized West Germany, a country that is considerably more populous and more stable than Iraq, which is estimated to have at least 10,000 insurgents.
Ha-ha. The Iraqi insurgency has already killed far more people and wreaked incalculably more havoc than the Baader-Meinhof Gang could have imagined in its most fevered dreams. There are thousands of insurgents still at large, and they have plenty of ammunition, explosives, support, and bloodlust. To compare them to the lunatic fringe terrorist groups of 1970s-era West Germany is really to stretch the limits of useful comparison beyond the breaking point. This is not, of course, meant to minimize the turmoil unleashed in West Germany by their own terrorist movement, but merely to emphasize how far Boot is willing to go to explain away the horrific disaster in Iraq, a disaster for which he and his intellectual fellow-travelers are at least partially responsible.

Boot is right about one thing -- the carnage won't end after an election. It will end sometime after our troops leave the country. How many more Americans will die between now and then?


1 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Blogger jdeadzone said...

Feels like a dream- Iraq is a nightmare that won't end. Fuck these neocons.

 

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