Terror is a Tool In the War On Terror
It’s official. Terror has been identified by the President of the United States as one of the government’s tools in its supposed War on Terror.
Explaining why he vetoed legislation from Congress that would have explicitly outlawed waterboarding and other forms of torture, George W. Bush said that “The bill would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror.” With that statement, President Bush is on the record as saying that torture is regarded by his White House as among the “most valuable tools” against terror.
Americans who know how to think will regard this statement as strange, given that the purpose of torture is to encourage compliance through the creation of terror.
So, the Bush White House is using terror as a tool in the War on Terror. That suggests to me that the War on Terror is not really a war against terror at all. We ought to call it a War For Terror or a War Of Terror instead.
Date: March 10, 2008