Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Demonstrations

TCS gets my goat again:

One is "Bush Administration meddling" in a benighted part of the world it does not understand. They [the French] think we'll muck it up and when the going gets tough just sulk back to our safe shores. They are not afraid to say they're tired of 9/11. Paris was a terrorist target for thirty years after the Algerian war. There are still no garbage containers in the streets for fear they harbor bombs. Three thousand dead Americans is terrible, but from a percentage standpoint, the Madrid bombings were just as bad and no Americans marched in the streets, unlike September 12, 2001 in Madrid when thousands turned out. America, they say, needs to grow up, move on, and try to prevent future attacks, none of which Bush's policies accomplish. My new friends see the Islamification of the Arab community as recent phenomenon that can be traced to what religious Arabs see as western attacks on Islam after 9/11. And France, not America, sits in the path of the storm.
Does the U.S. not care about the Spanish dead?
How thoughtless I thought we in the U.S. are. That is, until I realized that while marching in the street in Madrid in sympathy is nice, it's hardly as effective as fighting in the streets in Baghdad. So while they mourn our loss, we bleed for their freedom.

Should the U.S. just suck it up and put up with terrorism?
That's what we pretty much did before 9/11. You can't put up with too many 9/11s (or worse) before you're broke and/or dead. Although much is put on the human casualties, I don't think the losses in property can be minimized either; after all, although 'things' can be replaced, we need 'things' to survive.

Is radical Islam on the up and up because of U.S. actions?
This is probably the dumbest argument presented (and to be fair, I think the author of the piece is just relaying French sentiment). You'd have a hard time finding a period of time when the Islamic radicals didn't have it in for the west.

Will the U.S. cut and run?
A legitimate concern to be sure. Although, not supporting us in the endeavor hardly decreases the likelihood of that happening. I'd surmise that this, and the other issues, have more to do with their dislike of the U.S. than any actual real concerns though.

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