JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE TIRESOME CRAP ON THE WAR ON TERROR   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY WESLEY WARK IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Wesley Wark’s piece is just intellectual Jello.

The very idea of a war on terror was an absurdity from the beginning.

You cannot have a war on a method.

Terror is the vengeance taken by the suppressed and voiceless as it is sometimes also the work of psychopaths with an ideal.

Terror is as old as organized warfare.

Indeed, today the word “terror” is pretty much become meaningless owing to the work of organized warfare.

Since WWII organized warfare always and everywhere kills more civilians than soldiers, and it uses ever more terrible weapons to do so.

I don’t know of any terror organization with a record one-tenth as appalling as, for example, the United States.

Two atomic bombs dropped on civilian targets. Terrible fire-bombings of civilian cities. Three million slaughtered in Vietnam and a legacy of Agent Orange and land mines left to kill and cripple for a century. A million killed in Iraq and a modern society reduced to poverty. Prisoners of war by thousands exterminated in Afghanistan.

Any thoughtful person might well say, what the hell is Mr. Wark talking about?

Well, he is in a business that makes its living through fear.

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