The War on Terror: Lies and Truths
Lie: “The ‘War on Terror’ is keeping Americans safe by protecting us from al Qaeda terrorist attacks.”
Truth: “The odds that we might be killed in a terrorist attack in America are truly astronomical; something like winning the power ball twice in a row. Even ‘if terrorists were to destroy entirely one of America’s 40,000 shopping malls per week, your chances of being there at the wrong time would be about one in one million or more . . . [even] if terrorists hijacked and crashed one of America’s 18,000 commercial flights per week . . . your chance of being on the crashed plane would be one in 135,000.’” Reason Magazine August 11, 2006 (See the full article here).
The fact is that we are in virtually no danger of being killed in an al Qaeda terrorist attack. And this is not because the War on Terror is keeping us safe, it’s simply because the odds of our being killed in a terrorist attack (of any kind) are just so astronomically high. And the price that we pay—sacrificing our individual freedoms and liberties—for this supposed ‘safety’ is far too high.
Because of the current “Hot War” that America has begun in the Middle East and Afghanistan, it is in fact far more likely that the American homeland is now at greater risk of nuclear attack by our enemies: China and Russia, who are allied with Iran, than it ever was during the “Cold War”.
Lie: “We can succeed in Afghanistan.”
Truth: “History tells us that Afghanistan has always repelled outside invaders; and we are simply fools to believe that we can succeed were all other have failed. A fundamental rule of warfare is: don’t stretch your supply lines too thin, yet this is exactly what we are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“‘I would like to push closer to the border, but I can only go as far as I can support,’ said Lt. Col. Michael Martin, commanding officer of 4th Marine Division, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion . . . Like Napoleon, you don’t want to overextend your capabilities, or you will get your butt handed to you,’ said Martin, whose troops are spread out among a handful of patrol bases along the Helmand River, marking the coalition’s most southern presence in the province.”
A fiscally bankrupt nation/empire (like America), which has its military spread out across the globe in a futile attempt to control the resources of foreign nations (like Iraq and Afghanistan), is a nation/empire that is destined to collapse.