The 25 Fallacies of President Bush's State of the Union Address on Terrorism ( Part 2 )

Written by Arthur Zulu

Fallacy 11. "We are working with Iraqis andrepparttar United Nations to prepare for a transition to full Iraqi sovereignty byrepparttar 126002 end of June.... The killers will fail, andrepparttar 126003 people of Iraq will live in freedom." There is no full sovereign country on this earth. Becauserepparttar 126004 small powers—the minnows are perpetually living underrepparttar 126005 shadows ofrepparttar 126006 big powers—the tritons. Inrepparttar 126007 book, CHASING SHADOWS!: A Dream; I called themrepparttar 126008 Say powers andrepparttar 126009 Yes powers. And in these days of unipolarism and regime change, full sovereignty can go to ‘hell.'

Besides, there is no guarantee of self-government in Iraq by June 2004. The UN was recently dragged intorepparttar 126010 Iraqi ‘business.' And talking of freedom, didrepparttar 126011 Iraqis say that they want it? There is even talk of a civil war in that country sooner or later.

Fallacy 12. "Because of American leadership and resolve,repparttar 126012 world is changing forrepparttar 126013 better." Lie. And damned lie. Or was it because Libya's leader Colonel Qadhafi saidrepparttar 126014 other day that he was dismantling all his dangerous weapons? Who doesn't know why?

This world has never been a better place to live. What with wars and more wars? Maybe we should be ‘spirited' to Mars and haverepparttar 126015 ‘opportunity' to live there in peace. According to Ivan L. Head, president ofrepparttar 126016 international research centre, "Since 1945, there have been less than seven weeks whenrepparttar 126017 world has been free of military activity." And as you read this, 12 wars are going on aroundrepparttar 126018 globe today. Ifrepparttar 126019 earth were a patient, her condition would be said to be hypercritical, not ‘better.'

Fallacy 13. "And one reason is clear: For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible—and no one can now doubtrepparttar 126020 word of America.... America andrepparttar 126021 international community are demanding that Iran meet its commitment and not develop nuclear weapons. America is committed to keepingrepparttar 126022 world's most dangerous weapons out ofrepparttar 126023 hands ofrepparttar 126024 world's most dangerous regimes." Fine words. Now hear Nancy Pelosi again: "As a nation, we must show our greatness, not just our strength. America must be a light torepparttar 126025 world, not just a missile." The nuclear weapons possessed byrepparttar 126026 United States alone can kill every man, woman and child living onrepparttar 126027 earth today 12 times over! And allrepparttar 126028 nuclear arsenals possessed byrepparttar 126029 superpowers haverepparttar 126030 destructive power of 6,000 Second World Wars. I mean 6,000 times 55 millions lives that perished inrepparttar 126031 madness. What's your answer?

Now, look atrepparttar 126032 double standard. Why mustrepparttar 126033 U.S. and other superpowers possess weapons of mass destruction while other nations are not even allowed to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes? Why? OK, all animals are equal but some are more equal thanrepparttar 126034 others. (Apologies to George Orwell.) And why should other countries, which are not inrepparttar 126035 superpower category like Israel, India and Pakistan be allowed to possess these banned weapons? All right, they are not rogue states or members ofrepparttar 126036 Axis of Evil.

If ‘words must be credible' why didrepparttar 126037 US abandonrepparttar 126038 Kyoto protocol on global warning—an agreement that she pledged to keep. America should lead by example. If you have weapons of mass destruction, what stops me from having them? After all, what is source forrepparttar 126039 goose is source forrepparttar 126040 gander.

Fallacy 14. "I gave to you and to all Americans my complete commitment to securing our country and defeating our enemies." The questions that we should be asking are, Why doesrepparttar 126041 world hate America? I have published articles on this subject onrepparttar 126042 Internet. I think thatrepparttar 126043 solution should start from askingrepparttar 126044 right questions. Who was it that said to knowrepparttar 126045 disease is halfrepparttar 126046 cure? He was probably right.

In regard torepparttar 126047 assurance of securing and defeating enemies, King David of Israel wrote over 1,500 years ago: "Do not put your trust in nobles, nor inrepparttar 126048 son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground, in that day his thoughts do perish." That isrepparttar 126049 bottom line.

Fallacy 15. "And my Administration, and this Congress will give yourepparttar 126050 resources you need to fight and winrepparttar 126051 war on terror." The President was referring torepparttar 126052 American military men and women in Iraq. But exactly how much has been spent on this Iraqi war? Hear Nancy Pelosi: "A colossal $120 billion and rising" borne by American taxpayers. Just think of how far that sum of money can go to solving economic problems. Kofi Annan,repparttar 126053 UN scribe recently said thatrepparttar 126054 resources expended on war is exacting a toll on world development. And recently atrepparttar 126055 World Economic Summit at Davos Switzerland,repparttar 126056 question on every body's lips was, Wouldrepparttar 126057 US economy recover quick enough to avert a world economic melt down? No thanks torepparttar 126058 billions of money spent on senseless wars. Yet about $1.5 billion will be spent this minute on military expenditure! How much would have been burnt atrepparttar 126059 end of your reading this article? By today's end, 40,000 children would die of hunger alone!

Fallacy 16. "I know that some people question if America is really in a war at all." They are right. In a war, there must be clear enemies. The enemies must be in a defined territory. And there must be a bone of contention—a clear cause ofrepparttar 126060 war.

But inrepparttar 126061 so-called war on terror, we don't know whorepparttar 126062 enemies are. Neither do we know where they live. Besides, those fighting againstrepparttar 126063 terrorists do not knowrepparttar 126064 cause of provocation. At Davos, Vice-President Dick Cheney was talking aboutrepparttar 126065 democratization ofrepparttar 126066 Middle East as an antidote to terrorism. But does that solverepparttar 126067 problem? Look at great democracies like Indonesia, Russia andrepparttar 126068 Philippines. What do we see there? Terrorism. Or it is separatism?

Fallacy 17. "Some in this chamber and in our country, did not supportrepparttar 126069 liberation of Iraq ....But let us be candid aboutrepparttar 126070 consequences of leaving Saddam Hussein in power....We are seeking allrepparttar 126071 facts. The Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed fromrepparttar 126072 United Nations." That is not true. The U.S. weapons inspector, David Kay—who has since resigned—has gone to town to announce that Iraq did not have such weapons. He was sure that someone had cookedrepparttar 126073 facts, and he called for an investigation and an apology. Even Bush himself has turned an about face saying: "I want to knowrepparttar 126074 facts." And he has set up an independent bi-partisan commission of inquiry—the 9/11 Commission—to find out what went wrong. Even atrepparttar 126075 other end in Britain a similar inquiry is on. (May we live in interesting times!)

So he did not knowrepparttar 126076 facts? So intelligence can fail? There was negative or missed intelligence inrepparttar 126077 Japanese Imperial Navy attack on American army at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and onrepparttar 126078 terrorist attack inrepparttar 126079 World Trade Center on 9/11. Ifrepparttar 126080 most powerful man inrepparttar 126081 world is ignorant of another attack of immense proportions because of intelligence failure, can we be said to be safe? Your answer is as good as mine.

The 25 Fallacies of President Bush's State of the Union Address on Terrorism ( Part 1 )

Written by Arthur Zulu

On 20 January 2004, George Bush Jr.repparttar President ofrepparttar 126001 United States gave his last (?) State ofrepparttar 126002 Union Address. In this article, I will point out 25 fallacies ofrepparttar 126003 speech onrepparttar 126004 war on terror.

Fallacy 1. "By bringing hope torepparttar 126005 oppressed and delivering justice torepparttar 126006 violent, [the American servicemen and women] are making America more secure." Apologists ofrepparttar 126007 war on terror are quick to point out that there have not been any major attacks onrepparttar 126008 U.S. since September 11, 2001. But what ofrepparttar 126009 numerous terror alerts? And how didrepparttar 126010 deadly toxin ricin recently find its way intorepparttar 126011 US Senate forrepparttar 126012 second time! Or did ‘Senator' Ricin,repparttar 126013 ‘terrorist,' win a re-election intorepparttar 126014 upper house? Does that not show thatrepparttar 126015 terrorists still present a clear and present danger? Clearly an early warning signal!

Fallacy 2. "Each day, law enforcement personnel and intelligence officers are tracking terrorist threats; analysts are examining airline passenger lists;repparttar 126016 men and women of our new Homeland Security Department are patrolling our coasts and borders. And their vigilance is protecting America."

Americans and indeedrepparttar 126017 world should not live underrepparttar 126018 false hope of being protected byrepparttar 126019 intelligence officers. Becauserepparttar 126020 terrorists themselves are becoming more creative. Who has ever heard of shoe bombers before?

The U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi exposed this illusion in her speech: "One hundred percent of containers coming into our ports or airports must be inspected. Today, only 3 percent are inspected. One hundred percent of chemical and nuclear plants inrepparttar 126021 United States must have high levels of security. Today,repparttar 126022 Bush Administration has tolerated a much lower standard. One hundred percent ofrepparttar 126023 enriched uranium and other material for weapons of mass destruction must be secured. Today,repparttar 126024 Administration has refused to commitrepparttar 126025 resources necessary to prevent it from falling intorepparttar 126026 hands of terrorists." In this case, is America protected? Ifrepparttar 126027 answer is no, what about other countries with less security measures and porous borders?

Fallacy 3. "We have not come all this way, through tragedy, and trials, and war, only to falter and leave our work unfinished." The war on terror is an unfinished business.

In fact,repparttar 126028 battle has only begun. Commenting on this,repparttar 126029 New York Times Magazine said thatrepparttar 126030 war on terror "isrepparttar 126031 beginning of an epic battle." And to support this, La Repubblica newspaper said: "Today we getrepparttar 126032 feeling that we are living inrepparttar 126033 middle of a tornado, an unparalleled catastrophe." Those are notrepparttar 126034 right words to describerepparttar 126035 end of a story.

Fallacy 4. "And by our will and courage, this danger must be defeated." That is a very upbeat statement. On 24 July 2003, US Vice-President Dick Cheney also sounded oracular when he said: "One by one, in every corner ofrepparttar 126036 world, we will huntrepparttar 126037 terrorists down and destroy them."

Al-Qaeda has now mutated into multifaceted anonymous groups. And this new phase is more dangerous thanrepparttar 126038 former centralized visible organization. Take a warning: Do not go to some radical Muslim country to search for terrorists. Because that your prodigal son, or your estranged husband, or in fact, that distant relative of yours may be a terrorist. A roll call inrepparttar 126039 prison at Guantanamo Bay reveals that even some Americans and Britons—citizens of two nations inrepparttar 126040 forefront ofrepparttar 126041 war on terror—have been "Talibanized."

Besides, these groups are becoming more desperate. They have succeeded in their use of surface-to-air missiles (SAMS)—tumbling down military aircrafts at will in Iraq. And make no mistake about it: these cave dwellers may crack a dirty nuke somewhere someday, or unleash a deadly plague. In that case, how wouldrepparttar 126042 world respond? Detonate a nuclear bomb? So you can see that "we are perilously near a new international anarchy" according torepparttar 126043 Washington Post. The war on terror, therefore, is not winnable.

Fallacy 5. "And one of these essential tools isrepparttar 126044 Patriot Act, which allows Federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt their cells, and to seize their assets." Terrorism can not be wiped out by legislation. After all, these are man-made laws and man himself is imperfect. There must be loopholes, andrepparttar 126045 terrorists exploitrepparttar 126046 weakness ofrepparttar 126047 system. Now, what if they stop living in cells? Or what if they stop keeping their money in banks? Then they would be as elusive asrepparttar 126048 shadows.

Fallacy 6. "We are tracking al-Qaida aroundrepparttar 126049 world and nearly two-thirds of their known leaders have now been captured or killed. Thousands of very skilled and determined military personnel are onrepparttar 126050 manhunt, going afterrepparttar 126051 remaining killers who hide in cities and caves—and, one by one, we will bringrepparttar 126052 terrorists to justice." It is true that most ofrepparttar 126053 key terrorist suspects—including Saddam Hussein—have either been arrested or eliminated. But according to Time Magazine, "Lopping offrepparttar 126054 beast's head may not killrepparttar 126055 body." If Saddam or Osama bin laden are hanged today, more Saddams and Osamas will rise tomorrow. Terrorists want attention. And that is why various groups are eager to claim credit for any attack—even though they are not responsible. In like manner there may be a lord ofrepparttar 126056 flies waiting for Saddam and Osama to pass on before taking center stage and bringing his pursuers to ‘justice.'

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