December 30, 2003
If anyone wanted evidence that the “war on terror” is primarily a political marketing campaign—in which war itself is mostly a device for garnering support—they need look no farther than the startling non-response to domestic terrorism by the Bush administration. […]Yes, well, don’t hold your breath. The “war on terror” stopped being a war in your defense a long time ago. You’ll die when it’s convenient for them that you die. And Ray Davis is right. [12:59 AM]
Making the public aware of the threat from domestic terrorists, especially as part of a real war on terrorism, would require getting the public to confront the reality that the “axis of evil” comprises not merely brown-skinned people with turbans and fanatical gleams but also that surly white guy next door with the pipe-bomb arsenal in his basement. […]
Moreover, no one is going to be mistaking most domestic terrorists (except, of course, the ELF/ALF contingent) with liberals. If anyone’s patriotism is likely to be impugned by association with the right-wing extremists who have consistently been involved in the considerable bulk of domestic American terrorism in the past decade, it would be Republicans.