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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Case in Point

America's wars always have had critics, but the difference in this war is the prevalence of the media, Secretary Rumsfeld said. Terrorists recognize the influence the media has, so they use their own media committees to determine how best to manipulate the American public through the media, he said.

The terrorists plan their attacks to deliberately dishearten the American people and make them think the cause isn't right or that America makes terrorism worse, Secretary Rumsfeld said.

Read that as: "The terrorist want you think that I am wrong, and so, if you think I am wrong you are letting the terrorists win."

Now, we can all play that game if we want -- attributing motivations to the terrorists, but we can all rest assured that the goal of terrorism remains the same as always; to use fear to affect political change, and in that regard we can all see that it has worked, but not in the way that Rumsfeld sees it. He seems to suggest that taking a more reasoned approach to terrorism -- one that doesn't go blundering around invading non-related countries, or changing our basic rights to allow torture, or breeding a constant state of fear in the citizens -- is playing right into the terrorists hands.

I disagree. I tend to think that changing our way of life, running off all half-cocked with our military in some vain attempt to show that we "ain't afraid to kick ass" and promoting a general fear (for political benefit) is a surefire way of makinf sure that terrorism will continue to be effective.


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