Sunday, July 10, 2005

Listen Up Tony!

Blair has joined the chorus seeking the removal of the "root causes" of terrorism. The analogy is bogus since it falsely presents rational actors as victims of causes they cannot control. In fact terrorism is a war-fighting strategy involving the controlled use of asymmetrical violence to achieve specific political ends.

Terrorism strategies are currently deployed by Al Queda to enable it to take control of Islam, and by Palestinian despots who seek to destroy the state of Israel and occupy its lands.

For the West to stop terrorism from these sources, it must destroy Al Queda and the Palestinian depots. Not remove "root causes". As President Bush has patiently explained many times to the world, including Tony Blair.