I do not believe the upcoming war is one of democracy vs. terror. I do not agree with Curious George's statement that we have been attacked "because we love freedom and prosperity." To the contrary, the "democracy" of the United States uses terror to crush the freedoms of others in order to selfishly garner "prosperity" for the controlling few.
Now the controlling few will be granted even more dominance as mainstream media bring nationalism to a fever pitch. Flags are everywhere and corporate hegemony (a.k.a. U.S. democracy) will have more force behind it, and more protection surrounding it, from the further merging of military, police, government and media, with cries of flag-waving support from 80 percent of America.
Terror has different meanings, different avenues of accomplishment. Words are empty vessels to describe the terror women, children and men experience in war-like violence. Survivors will live with terror and loss for the rest of their lives. The dead could be considered luckier. This kind of terror is commonplace for thousands of people around the world today, in addition to the recent U.S. tragedies. Terror also means "violence committed or threatened to intimidate or coerce, as for military or political purposes." This describes global U.S. corporate/government policy in Third World countries.
Curious George has repeatedly declared the terrorists cowards. His premise is the attackers did not wear identifying labels, nor did they bother to make a declaration, write a note. It's a matter of patriarchal etiquette. It's like if two contending street bullies have a beef going on and one runs up behind the other and hits him in the back of the head rather than calling him to the curb for a fair fight. It lacks integrity.
NAFTA is a cowardly form of terrorism, only corporate logos are the labels of identification. U.S. military presence is currently all around the world for purposes of imperialistic colonization. Commonplace media omit stories about our current presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, the Congo and Yugoslavia, for example. Behind the facade of humanitarian efforts lie deep processes of colonization for oil and other American enterprises.
Personally, I would not label men who commit suicide in such a manner cowards, but I do wonder what pushed them to that level of conviction and desperation. Robert Fisk, a long-standing reporter of the Middle East, said Arabs are a crushed and humiliated people. He said the upcoming "operation" or war "is also about American missiles smashing into Palestinian homes and U.S. helicopters firing missiles into a Lebanese ambulance and American shells crashing into a village called Qana and about a Lebanese militia paid and uniformed by America's Israeli ally—hacking, raping and murdering their way through refugee camps."
American arrogance is like none on earth. We held a false sense of security because we thought who would have the audacity to receive the wrath of America's military and economic retaliation? Even as our phallic-ego towers that boasted financial and military dominance fall, we retain our arrogance and demand every country on earth make a stand on our issue, or else. Would any other country do this?
I agree with Noam Chomsky who wrote: "In short, this crime is a gift to the hard jingoist right, those who hope to use force to control their domains." On CNN a Republican senator said he "doesn't want to hear any more talk about education and healthcare!" only military spending! What could be more threatening than a well-educated-and healthy public? I keep trying to wrap my head around Jerry Faldwell's statement in The New York Times pro-abortionists, feminists and homosexuals are partly to blame for the attacks and they should admit it.
But he may have something. Maybe increasing feminist ideals such as equality, peaceful conflict resolution and collective management-and ownership are at the root of all this. Maybe the few patriarchs who control most the world are feeling a slip in their power grip,something is shifting both internally and externally.