< HOME  Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bush lost, Bin Laden won

The 'War on Terror' as initially envisioned by the U.S. is lost –

Today, President Bush effectively declared the CIA 'torture' program illegal, upheld the Geneva conventions, promised to eventually close down Guantanamo and try the captured 9/11 terrorist leaders in military tribunals with defence attorneys provided. Now it is just an intelligence and police problem - what it should have been all along.

Also in today's speech, Bush was petulantly bitter about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan v Rumsfeld.

The Hizbullah-Lebanon war has permanently tipped the delicate balance. Israel's aura was defeated, and together with it the last vestiges of American moral and military credibility.

Terrorists' media productions keep Rumsfeld awake at night. The post-WWII lie-lie-lie (ad infinitum) propaganda tactics have come to an abrupt stop in the modern connected world where mainstream media is exhausted and embarrassed at trying and being repeatedly caught at suppressing news, and worldwide opinions are formed in minutes. Quite literally, the spinners are dazed and blue by the excessive spin.

The 'shock and awe' strategy is gone. Conventional war as we knew it is effectively history – now it will be nuclear war or 'network' guerrilla war – something Hizbullah introduced.

So, time to face the truth, eh? Bush lost, and Bin Laden won. Pretty good for a dead guy.

And, what are the effects?

The Taliban resurged after learning from Iraqi mujahidin; and the CIA has wound up its bin Laden cell. He has escaped the critical five-year period in which the US had to eliminate him in order to show that 'you cannot get away' – an aura that they maintained since the Indian Independence drive of 1857 and the Sudanese Mahdi uprising.

With this weakness shown, already jittery allies such as Pakistan just fled the artificial bandwagon. The death of Bugti has shown that killing bin Laden now will create more problems than its twin benefits of deterrence and vengeance, and Pakistan cannot push itself further, and the question being asked increasingly is: for what?

At this point in time, few Muslim politicians can risk the ignominy of being declared traitors by a significant portion of their electorates if they kill or hand over bin Laden to the US without due process of law.

In other news today, the government of Pakistan signed a peace treaty with the Taliban as it had no other choice. It has all but given official sanctuary to bin Laden and company.

When Bush snubbed Pakistan by agreeing to nuclear co-operation with India, Musharraf said, 'watch and see'. Being the consummate politician, he has lived up to his promise. Pakistan was at the crossroads of the South Asian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern identities. Co-operation with India in the last few years would have cemented the South Asian identity. Pakistan is now firmly in the Middle Eastern / Islamic identity.

In other parts of the Islamic world, similar attitudes are taking hold. During the Hizbullah-Israel war, the Malaysian Prime Minister asked countries to supply weapons to Hizbullah and even the sleepy pro-American Saudi leaders threatened regional war. Iran is thumbing its nose at the UN and rightfully questioning its legitimacy, a loss that occurred with the replacement of Boutros-Ghali with Kofi Annan by the US.

At the same time as Islamists exert their power, they are realizing that they have to back away from medieval social restrictions, and tackle corruption. It is just a matter of time now, but the future for them is not to copy the West – but a combination of proud social reform that mirrors cultures, economic structures and religious paradigms. Again, Hizbullah has led the way in adopting social policies, education, technology and almost-parity for women in its structure.

Bush lost. Bin Laden won. Period. End of story. The bitter truth. You can spin it as much as you want, and use all the adjectives and adverbs you want, but it cannot be denied any longer.

And guess why it came about? Because Bush lied, and discouraged reason and scoffed the rule of law, differentiated in the value of human blood by nationality and race, and depicted the normal hatred of an enemy as a dehumanizing characteristic. These are greater evils than all the terrorism in the world put together for they destroy the human moral fibre and civilization as we know it.

Had the US upheld the rule of law, today would have been a day of victory for America, and not retreat.


At Wednesday, September 06, 2006, Blogger Shahid said...

Brother - brilliant article.

I would only say that the Hizballah learned a thing or two about "asymmetric" guerilla warfare from the Sunnis in Iraq. Americans have now lost about as many soldiers in the war on Iraq as they did civilians in the 9/11 attack.

I read an interesting quote from one of the fighters in Iraq - it gave me a lot of insight into why the Americans cannot win, ever.

He said (and I paraphrase) "The American soldier comes over, he leaves his home behind, his family, his comforts, his McDonalds, everything. He is in a foreign land, in foreign climate and he doesn't know what he is fighting for. Us on the other hand, we are with our families in our own land. We go out and kill an American soldier, and we come back the same evening to our families. We can keep this up for ten years, or forever. The American soldier needs to go back in a year, if he is still alive."

As for the War on Terror, well, Bush has 10 of his armies 12 divisions getting beaten in Iraq, that is why he is considering the nuclear option in Iran, because he doesn't have the soldiers. Simple.

When even Carter speaks up against Bush, you know America is in trouble. It's not just ragheads and pakis who denounce the corrupt and barbarous neocon Busher regime, it is former presidents of the United States.

At Wednesday, September 06, 2006, Blogger lesliemai said...

if we are to believe the amerikans body counts then it would be the first time in ther history that they have given the correct body counts. perhaps the number of dead amerikan terrorist soldier is 10 000 +

At Thursday, September 07, 2006, Blogger Alan Cabal said...

The number of dead GIs is over 10,000. The DoD is only reporting actual deaths ON the battlefield.

At Thursday, September 07, 2006, Blogger Shahid said...

I am comparing their "like" for their "like" - I can't get much fairer to them than that.

At Thursday, September 07, 2006, Blogger The Great Revealer said...


Repeat after me, OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD.

Repeat after me, OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD.

That's why all we get is these OBVIOSLY FAKED, DOCTORED "Audio" recordings.

Man, I wonder when we are going to get another of those FAKE VIDEO of him, like the FAMOUS one in which OBL "confessed" to 9/11, of which it was SO FRIGGIN' OBVIOUS THAT WAS NOT HIM!!!! I always get a kick out of that one. I've saved that video in my 'evidence' collection. If you don't know or don't have that video, search for it and download it before it is "removed" from the Internet, one way or another (though I find that difficult to achieve). Either way, be safe and always download a local copy and spread the OBVIOUS TRUTH.

Facts, I just love them don't ya?!

My friends and "foes" call me "The Great Revealer". That's because I reveal such OBVIOUS truths. OBVIOUS is the key verb here!

At Friday, January 09, 2009, Blogger Bike the US for MS said...

You guys are missing the point. This is a global world. Your words are spreading hate and animosity just like Bush's. When you say "Americans" can't win, what do you mean? "Even Carter" speaks against Bush? Of course he does, most of the country does. That is something about America that you do not understand.

I voted against Bush twice and despised every second of his presidency. The optimism for a new day, a new president and a chance for my voice to be heard gave me options other than violence or hatred.

Bush's approval rating is 20%. Most americans think he is terrible. But guess what? We have the power to elect someone new. And that is what we have done.

God Bless all.

At Friday, January 09, 2009, Blogger RepubliCandidate said...

A) Why hasn't anyone been discussing pulling out as of Afghanistan and Iraq as a way of saving money in this economic crisis the United States has been experiencing?
B) What is the difference between Barack O'Bama's economic stimulus package and George Bush's?
C) Why haven't we been discussing "Tariffs" as a way of raising taxes?
D) Why didn't America lower taxes during World War 2?

- I hope you find the answer before the dollar is destroyed... unless that is what you're hoping to achieve.

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At Tuesday, November 25, 2014, Blogger Rashid said...

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