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Fallacy 18. "Had we failed to act, Security Council resolution on Iraq would have been revealed as empty threats, weakening United Nations and encouraging defiance by dictators around world. For all who love freedom and peace, world without Saddam Hussein's regime is a better and safer world." The UN is already weakened by this one-man show and it will soon be scrapped like League of Nations before it. "Instead of alienating our allies," said Nancy Pelosi, " let us work with them and international institutions so that together we can prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and keep them out of hands of terrorists." Saddam Hussein is not ‘black devil' that will singularly ‘vanish' world.
The dictators are still defiant, and will continue to be defiant. North Korea is daring America and world with her weapons of mass destruction, and is busy exporting it to other countries. And Nigeria, ‘giant' of Africa, is suspected to be acquiring missiles from this reclusive country in order to take care of all ‘failed states' surrounding her. (Did someone say that Nigeria is also a ‘failed state'?) Not right. It only has a ‘local' Taliban. But instead of re-enacting a regime change in North Korea as in Iraq, America is begging country to play ball—two sides of same coin. Or it is because there are no oil wells in ‘renegade' country? And wait a moment: Is anyone thinking of Fidel Castro? No, perhaps because he doesn't have an Arab blood, and he lives in Far West. ( Is it true that Bush wants to kill old fishermen?)
Fallacy 19. "Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan... and 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraqi." This list does not include all permanent members of Security Council. France, Russia and China are missing. Even Germany, is not in list. OK, reason is that it belongs to ‘Old Europe.' No, make it Axis of Weasels.
So, what can be said of countries that made up coalition of willing? They must have had Bush mantra at back of their minds: ‘If you are not with us, then you are against us.' Which nation does not want to be a friend of America? Think of American favors and financial rewards—and lucrative contracts in Iraq.
Fallacy 20. "From beginning, America has sought international support for operations in Afganistan and Iraq." What is true of Afganistan can not be said of Iraq. A former Bush government official has revealed that from inception of George Bush's regime, it has been his resolve to over run Iraq and over throw Saddam. He didn't need international support to do so. Who was that former German government official who called Bush a Nazi? (These Germans know how to fish for trouble.)
Fallacy 21. "America will never seek a permission slip to defend security of our people." That's a contradiction. Let's put it better: America did not seek international support for its war on Iraq.
Fallacy 22. "I believe that God has planted in every heart desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again." That's very poetic. But poets are lying now, for there is an irony in that line. Because desire ‘to live in freedom' from those ‘crushed by tyranny for decades' is one of things that cause terrorism. The Palestinians know better. There is so much injustice and oppression in this world. And as long as man continues to dominate man to his injury, (to paraphrase King Solomon) terrorism will never end.
Fallacy 23. "To cut through barrier of hateful propaganda, Voice of America and other broadcast services are expanding their programming in Arabic and Persian and soon a new television service will begin providing reliable news and information across region." The Arabs prefer Arabic radio and TV stations to Western media, which they view as sources of U.S. government propaganda. Therefore it is not reliable.
Fallacy 24. "And above all, we will finish historic work of democracy in Afganistan and Iraq, so that those nations can light way for others, and help transform a troubled part of world." The grammarians call this wordiness. If big democracies have not transformed a troubled world, is it these two hurriedly assembled ‘democracies' that will change world? That would be 1st wonder of new millenium. What a wonderful world!
Fallacy 25. "We have no desire to dominate, no ambition of empire." Was that a slip of tongue? Because that's how world sees America—another cause of terrorism. It is no wonder that many young Arabs blame US for their political and economic woes. In fact, they believe that American domination and her regime change policy would continue to sweep through Arab lands—from Iraq to Iran, Syria, North Korea, and who knows, some North African country.
The State of Union speech on terror, therefore, is full of doublespeak. Let us not cover cracks on wall. But let us begin by asking right questions. What is cause of terrorism? Is man solution or cause? Can terrorism be completely wiped out from face of earth? Is world a better or worse place since war on terror, and what is way out?
The world has gone through many dead-end passages in its history—from Vietnam to Pearl Harbor, from Bosnia to Rwanda and from Afganistan to Iraq. When would we see light at end of passage? Why can we not live in peace and security on this earth? Why is there so much hate in this world?
It is my hope that we begin to address political, economic, social, religious, health and environmental problems that give rise to this evil, and not by wanton destruction of lives and property. That is only way for generations unborn to see this earth.
If on other hand, we continue chasing shadows, we will wake up one day to find that terrorists have set earth on fire. And then we would all jump into sea to survive conflagration. And think of sharks and whales later. But too late. The world has ended!
ARTHUR ZULU, an editor and book reviewer, is controversial author of best-selling book, CHASING SHADOWS!: A Dream. (A book that reveals terrorists' master plan to finally set world on fire!)
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ARTHUR ZULU, an editor and book reviewer, is the controversial author of the best-selling book, CHASING SHADOWS!: A Dream. (A book that reveals the terrorists' master plan to finally set the world on fire!)