The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton’s bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt. The primary victims, as usual, were working people: janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc. It is likely to prove to be a crushing blow to Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people. It is also likely to lead to harsh security controls, with many possible ramifications for undermining civil liberties and internal freedom.”
This is not the response of a real intellectual, but a psudointellectual. Equating the intentional terrorist attacks on innocent civilians with bombing the wrong facility because of faulty intelligence is absurd, a conclusion that wouldn’t even occur to a reasonable person. And if Sudan did react with harsh security controls, the blame is on them, not America.
I see nothing wrong with his comments. He was trying to point out that Americans are not used to being the victims of terrorism while many other peoples ARE… and THEIR terrorism is often American born - wars, invasions, bombings, occupation, etc.
It is often heard decried that if America was so corrupt, why are there so many people immigrating here? One plausible answer is that to stay where they are, they will become victims of American foreign policy and economics! Better to live in the belly of the beast than at arms length.
Also, Clinton’s act was one of cowardliness, brought on by the Impeachment nonsense, and cannot be simply filed away as a case of bad intelligence. We ain’t THAT dumb.
Also, the 9/11 attacks were no less intentional than our many attacks on the peoples of the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, etc… for decades now. I never will buy the ‘unintentional killing’ bullcrap. Are the only terrorists in Palestine and Isreal Muslims or Arabs?
Finally, the way the Sudan reacts is due to their sociopolitical situation (of which much of that is due to the West in the first place), and the U.S. needs to be extra careful when making any moves such as Clinton did.
The same can be said of the way Bush “took out” Saddam… if it was done like the Miloshovitz deal, it would not have lead to the disaster it has. Iraqis are acting the way they are BECAUSE of our little war.
So you are not a conservative?