Thursday, June 17, 2004

P-R-O-V-O-C-A-T-I-O-N ! Say it with me now- PROVOCATION !

I caught some of the 9-11 hearings today on NPR. Whatta bunch of crap! Some stupid-ass general and the committe members (and a woman, too) were discussing the period of time just after the planes were determined to be hijacked. The discussion devolved into speculations on how fast we could or couldn't shoot down the hijacked planes. And of course the hijackings were referred to as "acts of war". Can people really be that myopic? Look, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, that was an act of war. They took out a large part of the Pacific Fleet, carriers, battleships and stuff. Stuff without which, the US was considerably weakened. Whether the attack had any symbolic significance or surprised us was irrelevant. Anotherwords even if we laughed about the Japanese attack, that many carriers, those battleships, these facilities, were destroyed and could not be used until replaced or repaired. 9-11, on the other hand, was a provocatory attack. Apart from the terrible loss of life and property, the attack had little effect on the US ability to wage war. No one is going to defeat the US militarily by hijacking jetliners and crashing them into buildings. The hijackings, and the crashes were designed to PROVOKE us, not defeat us. The response to 9-11 was exactly what the perpetrators hoped for. Heck, the Iraq invasion, with the prisoner abuse scandal and the standoff at Fallujah, it's more than Binny could have hoped for.
I think that if all of the planes had simply been crashed into the nearest ground, our response would have been about the same.

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