My Response to Christopher Dickey’s “Blown Cover” Newsweek Article

Posted in War on Terror by Ryan on the August 12th, 2006

The article can be found here.

The following is my emailed response to Mr. Dickey.

Mr. Dickey,

You article was informative about a rarely mentioned aspect of the current tension between many Muslims and the United States and Britain. That being the reasons driving Muslims to commit mass-murder suicide.

I find it extremely naive to presume that military actions in “The Iraqi slaughterhouse, besieged Gaza, wasted Lebanon” somehow account for them. Americans are not slaughtering Iraqis, rather, Iraqis are slaughtering themselves. Gaza is “besieged” by a fed-up Israel that is the victim of suicidal attacks and sworn annihilation. Lebanon is the unfortunate scapegoat for the cowardly Hezbollah that uses the oft utilized tactic of hiding among civilians.

Strangely enough, it seems that Muslims have themselves to blame as much as anyone else. The last five years most certainly did not have a retroactive effect on the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Nor on the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. Nor can I believe that the last five years retroactively influenced the 1998 African Embassies bombings or the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. No, I think that this runs much deeper than the last five years.

The attempt to apologize for terror plots is never justified and I would much prefer to read about real ideas of how to fight or avoid terrorism rather than criticism. According to you, President Bush is doing a lot of things wrong (despite no attacks on American soil) but I seldom hear good tangible alternative ideas. Only criticism it would seem.

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