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War on Terror: A Deadly Franchise

The Marriott hotel in Jakarta was still burning when Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s security minister, explained the implications of the day’s attack: “Those who criticize about human rights being breached must understand that all the bombing victims are more important than any human rights issue.” In a sentence, we got the best summary yet of the philosophy underlying Bush’s so -called war on terror. Terrorism doesn’t just blow up buildings; It blasts every other issue off the political map. The specter of terrorism – real and exaggerated – has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world from scrutiny for their human rights abuses. Many have argued that the war on terror is the US government’s thinly veiled excuse for constructing a classic empire, in the model of Rome or Britain. Two years into the crusade, it’s clear this is a mistake: The Bush gang doesn’t have the stick-to-it-ness to successfully occupy one country, let alone a dozen. Bush and the gang do, however, have the hustle of good marketers, and they know how to contract out. What Bush has created in the WoT is less a “doctrine” for world domination than an easy-to-assemble toolkit for any mini-empire looking to get rid of the opposition and expand its power. Full Story

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