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Friday, August 18, 2006

Cons mocked police work in war on terror

Police -- not war -- have been most effective primary tool in counter-terrorism. This really PO's the cons.



Once again, it was good old fashioned police work that defeated the terrorists. I salute British law enforcement for effectively serving on the front-line in the "war against terrorism".

But never forget that the conservatives mock police work as the primary tool against terrorism.

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State. Rove Criticizes Liberals on 9/11

"Preparing indictments" stopped this last attack!

Conservatives mocked police as a primary tool against terrorists because that's been a liberal position. Conservatives mocked police because they wanted to beat John Kerry. I think, more than anything else, conservatives mocked police work because they really wanted their war in Iraq.

But we liberals were right and the conservatives have been wrong about the primary tool to fight terrorism. Here's why:

War breeds terrorism.

This is a basic truth that the conservatives don't want you to understand. But it is true. War creates the social conditions that creates extremism. Extremism is a recruiting haven for the terrorists.

Therefore, war breeds terrorism.

The ultimate tool against terrorism to is fix the social conditions that freed extremism: employment, social justice, education, security, and similar.

I suppose this is what Rove is mocking when he talks of liberals "understanding" the terrorists. I don't apologize! Ignorance is the real danger.

Addressing the social conditions will greatly reduce terrorism but not end it. It will also take time. In the meantime, police -- with their wimpy liberal indictments -- are the front-line against terrorism. Unlike the conservatives, I salute the police, not mock them.

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