Juro que no lo he escrito yo; un mail con una interesante perspectiva sobre la guerra esa, escrito por un americano.
“Osama bin Laden has won the war in Afghanistan – the first big battle of the War on Terrorism. Americans are claiming victory because American bombers have devastated Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans have been killed, and the already-impoverished country is now almost
completely in ruins. But most likely this is exactly what bin Laden wanted.
What has the devastation achieved? Osama bin Laden and Omar the Tentmaker are still on the loose. To the best of my knowledge, no one who had anything to do with the planning or execution of the Sept. 11 attacks has been captured or killed. And don’t get the idea that the bombings have shown Osama bin Laden that he can’t get away with his nefarious deeds. That conclusion is 180 degrees off the mark. Do you think Osama bin Laden cares how many innocent Afghans are killed?…”
“…Why would he? Every dead Afghan is another argument for his
Hundreds of millions of people in the Third World already hate
the U.S. – for bombing Iraq, for interfering in the Middle East, for
keeping troops in a hundred countries, for propping up dictators
who support American policies.
And every bomb that fell on Afghanistan converted more people
into America-haters. The U.S. military has been confirming bin
Laden’s argument that Americans are bullies.
Around the world
In the same way, 10 years of U.S. bombing Iraq hasn’t forced
Saddam Hussein to change his policies. Why should it? The
bombs make his stubbornness more popular at home.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel says he’ll continue to attack
the Palestinians until “the other side understands it cannot
achieve anything by using terror; [then] it will be easier to start
negotiations.” But why would terrorists care how many
By definition, terrorism is the brutalizing of innocent people in
order to cause changes in official policy. So terrorists don’t care
how many innocent people are killed on either side. And every
one of their own who dies causes more people to support the
Why we are threatened
The root fallacy in the War on Terrorism is the idea that we have
no choice but to fight people who won’t rest until they destroy us.
But there have always been thugs in the world who wanted to
destroy others. There have always been people who hated
America – for good or bad reasons. There have always been evil
people, malicious people, brutal people.
Why is it that only now do they represent such a grave threat to
The truth is that the evil, malicious, brutal thugs rarely have the
ability to make any real trouble outside their own neighborhoods.
The few exceptions – people like Adolph Hitler or Osama bin
Laden – succeed only because they can get the financing,
contacts, networking and other resources necessary to spread
And they can get that support only if large numbers of people
have been mistreated. That was the case with the Germans after
World War I – who had valuable pieces of Germany torn off and
handed to France, Poland or Czechoslovakia; who had all their
foreign investments confiscated; who were told to pay
astronomical reparations, even though all their valuable assets
had been taken from them; who were made to bear the entire
guilt for a war they were only one part of.
Hitler could command a very advanced, literate country because
of the terrible treatment the Germans suffered after World War I.
He promised to avenge the terrible wrongs done to them, and
they responded enthusiastically. If he hadn’t had that fertile
ground to work with, we’d never have heard of him.
Today, Osama bin Laden couldn’t get the worldwide support
necessary to carry out his evil plans if there weren’t hundreds of
millions of people who resent American troops stationed in their
countries; who are appalled by the American blockade that’s
starving Iraqis; who don’t like American presidents imposing
their decisions on their countries.
The difference between relatively harmless thugs and truly
dangerous thugs is the real grievances the dangerous ones can
play upon. They are still thugs, but they gain the support of
honest, peace-loving people who have been pushed to the limit.
You’ll never be able to subdue all the thugs – especially if you kill
more innocent people in the process – because the very act of
killing arouses even more resentments.
By bombing Afghanistan, by killing people who had nothing to do
with the September attacks, George Bush has handed Osama
bin Laden exactly the victory he craved – the evidence that
Americans don’t believe innocent people have a right to live if
they get in the way of American global ambitions.
The terrorist strategy
If bin Laden could mastermind the September attacks, he must
be smart enough to know that bombing the World Trade Center
(or any future terrorist act) isn’t going to defeat America. So why
did he do it?
He could see an insecure American president, just barely
elected and worried about his re-election, who might jump at the
opportunity to demonstrate leadership, play the macho
president, start bombing and feed the worldwide resentment of
American foreign policy.
And so bin Laden has maneuvered George Bush into destroying
a poor, Islamic country – causing a further decline in support for
America among the world’s peoples (distinct from their leaders
who feed at the American trough).
Round 1 goes to bin Laden by something close to a knockout.
We will never defeat terrorism by killing innocent people. That’s
exactly what the terrorists want us to do.
You can make the thugs powerless only by taking away their
ability to gain the support necessary to carry out their plans. That
means our government must get U.S. troops out of foreign
countries, quit telling other nations what to do, and quit killing
innocent people in a futile attempt to “rid the world of evil-doers.”
Let there be no misunderstanding: I’m not blaming America. I’m
blaming American foreign policy.
And I’m not talking about pacifism. I’m talking about protecting
you and me and all of America by not provoking war.
Nor am I talking about poverty as a cause of terrorism. I’m talking
about American foreign policy as a cause of terrorism. The
answer lies not in foreign aid for the world’s impoverished. Quite
The answer lies in minding our own business.
The answer lies in ending 50 years of foreign-policy failures.
Or are we going to let bin Laden win the rest of the war as well?