No more room for denial

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A very odd thing happened the other day in Pakistan.

A bumper sticker attacked and killed Benazir Bhutto. A figment of George Bush's imagination blew her and several dozen others up. Dick Cheney's lust for oil and Halliburton profits doomed her.

That is, if you believe those on America's political left.

Last May, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called the war on terror a bumper sticker -- "a slogan designed only for politics."

Zbigniew Brzezinski -- as you may remember the national security adviser during the eternally shameful Iranian hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter -- called the phrase "war on terror" a "classic self-inflicted wound" on America, adding that the "vagueness of the phrase was deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors." He wrote that it has created an unnecessary culture of fear.

As the old saw goes, "de-Nile" isn't just a river in Egypt. Far too many Americans are in denial about the global threat of Islamic radicalism.

That liberal delusion is ironically helped along by the very man liberals despise the most: George W. Bush, who is protecting liberals and their delusions from terrorism whether they like it or not. So, since we haven't been successfully attacked since Sept. 11, 2001, the threat has gone away, in their minds. It's become a figment of the president's imagination, a tool of the evil capitalists led by Dick Cheney.

Ask Benazir Bhutto's grief-stricken supporters -- or any of the other survivors of Islamic terror -- if it's imaginary, or if it's a ruse for capitalism, or if it's just a bumper sticker.

The people of Pakistan know the difference between a bumper sticker and blood: They have suffered about 800 deaths in 40 suicide bombings this year.

One supposes that had those events occurred on American soil, few would be under the illusion that there is no war with Islamic terrorists.

For her part, Bhutto knew the enemy was real.

"I know that I am a symbol of what the so-called Jihadists, Taliban and al-Qaida most fear," she wrote. "I am a female political leader fighting to bring modernity, communication, education and technology to Pakistan."

This is real. It's a worldwide threat targeting Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and anything or anyone else that breathes in and out and doesn't kowtow to 7th-century sensibilities. And it's time we got over the notion that either the Islamic threat, or our quite necessary response to it, can fit on a bumper sticker.

We need the world to finally unite against these savages.

But we first need to unite ourselves.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/29/07 - 09:42 pm
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Some of the statements coming

Some of the statements coming from government spokesmen in Pakistan make me think the assasination might have been an inside job, i.e., that the gunman was allowed access to Bhutto by the security forces. It may have been Al Quaeda. But maybe not.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/30/07 - 09:17 am
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If the murder and wholesale
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If the murder and wholesale destruction of infrastructure, transportation, businesses, and technology that occurred in Pakistan the last week are the citizenrys' reaction to their government's policies, then how effective has our seven billion dollar investment in controlling that country's future been? Even neighbors India and China don't feel as threatened as the United States of Paranoia does twelve thousand miles away, separated by two oceans and the North Pole.

dani
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dani 12/30/07 - 11:51 am
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"No More Room for Denial".

"No More Room for Denial". The Editorial Staff evidently doesn't know the Democratic Party.

jack
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jack 12/30/07 - 12:15 pm
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fd1962, we may be 12000 miles

fd1962, we may be 12000 miles or so from Pakistan, but that did not prevent the terrorists from attacking us on 9/11 after being trained in Pakistan's neighbor, Afghanistan. It is your kind of denial that allows our politicians to continue to fail to close our borders and DIMocRats like you to put their heads in the sand (or elsewhere).

intheknow
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intheknow 12/30/07 - 01:36 pm
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Yeah DDAWN, we forgot you

Yeah DDAWN, we forgot you holier than thou Republicans can walk on water.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/30/07 - 03:05 pm
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Sorry, Jack. I believe it is
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Sorry, Jack. I believe it is your kind of denial that allowed misguided adventuristic neo-con imperialists to squander this nation's wealth and worldwide credibility on their sorry dream of domination through the fraud of promulgating democracy at the point of a gun - except, of course, where invasion would have no natural resources to exploit and control, such as Darfur. We seem to manufacture our problems through butting-in wherever we have no legitimate business - such as twelve thousand miles away, in nearly every direction. Why, we can't even create a plan to solve gang violence at home, but (we, they, YOU) know just what's best for every other sovereignty in the world?

fd1962
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fd1962 12/30/07 - 03:11 pm
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Oh yeah, Jack, I recall much
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Oh yeah, Jack, I recall much of the 911 pilot training was done right here in the USA, not Afghanistan. And which of our allies bankrolled most of that?

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hwduncan 12/30/07 - 03:49 pm
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I do not mean to lessen the

I do not mean to lessen the deaths of 800 individuals in Pakistan. The untimely and cruel end to those lives should be lamented and should be met with indignation. I am struck, however, by the lack of similar editorial reaction to a front page article in Saturday's Chronicle. A table in "Homicides down in New York, Chicago" shows 2,285 murders in nine cities across this country; 923 in New York and Chicago alone. Gangs and drugs are factors blamed for these deaths, along with "entrenched poverty," "failing schools," and illegal guns, particularly a "poliferation of assult weapons." Also shocking is the article's mention that in Baltimore twenty-seven victims this year were children under the age of 18. I ask: "Should not we - should not The Chronicle - be as vigorous in seeking redress for the 2,285 citizens so lost?"

dani
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dani 12/30/07 - 08:57 pm
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fd1962 Probhably Bill

fd1962 Probhably Bill Clinton since he was president when the training was taking place.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/31/07 - 01:10 am
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H-H-Hope your comment didn't
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H-H-Hope your comment didn't overtax your brain, ddawn.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/07 - 09:33 am
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Time for a re-hash: Some of

Time for a re-hash: Some of the statements coming from government spokesmen in Pakistan make me think the assasination might have been an inside job, i.e., that the gunman was allowed access to Bhutto by the security forces. It may have been Al Quaeda. But maybe not.

WW1949
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WW1949 12/31/07 - 09:52 am
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fd1962, I suppose you would

fd1962, I suppose you would like to have tea with the Taliban, some cookies and give them an olive branch.

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