Peace in our time?

“I am offering a truce to European countries,” the taped message said as the stations showed an old, still picture of bin Laden. “Its core is our commitment to cease operations against any country which does not carry out an onslaught against Muslims or interfere in their affairs.”

“The door to a truce is open for three months,” but that could be extended, the tape said. “The truce will begin when the last soldier leaves our countries,” the speaker said without elaborating.

The logic is inescapable. Europe is a weak link. Osama Bin Laden, hidden in a mountain crevice no doubt, believes he can separate what exists of European support for America and it's war on terror just by offering to stop the attacks.

Where would he get the idea that this might even be plausible? Perhaps experience and observation?

The Spanish elections were a sign that Europeans had the necessary mindset for surrender. The idea that we brought this all on ourselves is not unknown in appeasement circles. Even more appealing is the idea that America has brought this on the world. Not unlike some individuals who are ready, willing, and able to blame George W. Bush for not preventing 9/11, the Europeans have opened themselves up to the suggestion that they would prefer a negotiated solution to all this terrorism business.

Here at home Kerry's critique is mainly that we did not have the full and complete backing of the UN in deposing Saddam. Is he saying that he would have removed Saddam if we had had full support?

Kerry called for a new approach that would put greater reliance on other nations, but conceded "it won't be easy to get our friends and allies to send in new troops."

The Massachusetts senator said that while the United States should not retreat from Iraq in disarray, "staying the course does not mean stubbornly holding to the wrong course. In order to complete our mission, we must review our tactics."

Kerry called for removing the "Made in America" label from the Iraqi operation by creating an international mission authorized by the United Nations to help set up elections, restore government services and rebuild the economy.

"The failure of the administration to internationalize the conflict has lost us time, momentum and credibility — and made America less safe," Kerry said. -mlive

Essentially Kerry and the Democrats are playing a dangerous game here. For one, this tact infers, in agreement with Osama Bin Laden, that the problem in the Middle East is America itself. Secondly it is not necessarily true that an 'international mission authorized by the United Nations' would make America any safer than what we already have.

Further, the democratic rhetoric is charmingly similar to Osama's recent propaganda.

"This war makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction [of Iraq], such as Halliburton and its sister companies…

"It is crystal clear who benefits from igniting the fire of this war and this bloodshed: They are the merchants of war, the bloodsuckers who run the policy of the world from behind the scenes.

"President Bush and his ilk, the media giants, and the U.N. … all are a fatal danger to the world, and the Zionist lobby is their most dangerous member. Allah willing, we will persist in fighting them… -Osama Bin Laden

Halliburton? No blood for oil? This sounds familiar. Is this valid criticism of the Bush Administration? Did we in fact invade only for the oil?

Kerry called rising gas prices, "Halliburton prices," and characterized the war in Iraq as being fought because of America's dependence on foreign oil.

"This is an administration of oil, by oil and for oil," he said in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

"No young American in uniform should ever be held hostage to America's dependence on oil."

Let me make it clear that I am not questioning democratic patriotism here. I am pointing out that a remarkable propaganda similarity exists.

"Stop shedding our blood in order to protect your own blood. The solution to this easy-difficult equation is in your own hands. You should know that the longer you delay, the worse the situation will become, and when that happens, do not blame us, blame yourselves… -Osama Bin Laden

"Stop shedding our blood in order to protect your own blood... blame yourselves." Is this something we should heed or something we should spurn as nonsense? It, like the question, "Why do they hate us?" is almost rhetorical.

...the killing of the Americans in the Battle of New York took place only after their support for the Jews in Palestine and their invasion of the Arabian Peninsula; their killing in Somalia happened only after Operation Restore Hope. We restored [i.e. repelled] them without hope, by the grace of Allah." -Osama Bin Laden

Posted by Eric Simonson at April 17, 2004 8:53 PM