The Bush Administration Realizes the War in Iraq will
not Prevent Another Attack Against the US
Osama bin Laden
threatens new attacks against the US but is also willing to
negotiate, according to an audiotape aired on Al-Jazeera today. White
House spokesman Scott McClellan said "We do not negotiate with
terrorists." McClellan went on to say that Bin Laden "was clearly
on the run."
The White House
has not said whether the voice on the tape is Osama Bin Laden, but
Associated Press is reporting that the CIA has determined that the
voice was that of the fugitive terrorist. The
administration is evaluating whether to increase the national threat
Will the war in
Iraq prevent a further attack against the US? Vice President Dick
Cheney in a CNBC interview on Kudlow and Company admits it may not.
He said that this tape is a reminder that a “serious threat“ to the
United States remained.
believe that the terrorists would like to see Americans lose their
freedom. The Vice President is aiding the terrorists in that goal
by attacking our liberty with new legislation. He went on to plead
for more Federal power, advocating the extension of the Patriot Act.
The VP must have
expected the US to be attacked every year because he said that
"There are reasons why we haven't been attacked in four-and-a-half
years, it's not just dumb luck." Doesn’t he realize that it was 10
years between attacks by foreign terrorists?
administration is confused and mistaken. They somehow believe there
is a military solution to terrorism. Professor Beau Grosscup at
California State University in Chico recommends a different
approach. He is the author of “the Newest Explosions of Terrorism:
Latest Sites of Terrorism in the 1990’s” and makes the case against
this neo-conservative approach to protecting the US from more
Beau asks, “If
history shows that a violent response to an act of terrorism begets
more terrorism, then why is a violent response the predominant
choice of experts and politicians of the world?” I agree with the
professor when he says we should listen to the grievances of the
The solution to
the problems in Northern Ireland were not solved until the two sides
sat down and negotiated. Professor Grosscup believes the terror
problems facing the US and Britain can be solved the same way.
He told this
columnist that “Only time will tell if a pure military solution that
depends a great deal on dropping bombs from the sky on civilians
will not work or will only exacerbate the 'problem.' “ Neither of
us will hold our breath though.
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By Tom Madison
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