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Wednesday December 12, 2001
01:30 PM


[ #1616 ]

"And he grabbed you by the hand
And he pulled and pulled
As someone pushed him and he fell
On the front page of America"
-- Spirit of the West

In addition to Gnat's Jihaddict site, I've been browsing some of the more mainstream Arabic online dailies, like Asharq Al-awsat.

In al-Zawahri memoirs, it seems, he justifies attacks on Western civilians simply because Western countries are supported by their own people. Since people choose the governments and support them with taxes, the people are therefore accountable for their governments' actions.

It kind of puts two long-standing American institutions - not voting, and cheating on taxes - in a new light.

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  • Sure, people are culpable for the actions of their government. This is the case in almost all nations, though, not just democracies. Castro has not stayed in power for all these decades simply because of his iron fist; many people in Cuba like Cuba and like Castro and don't want him gone. And this is also much the same thing in Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iran, Jordan ... none of those governments could survive without popular support. You could even make the case to some degree for Afghanistan. Sure, the
    • No matter how blind, misguided, hidden, evil, stupid, or silly such justification is, it is such justification that enables them to recruit beyond the core of true religious zealots. Even as uneducated as much of the middle east remains, there's a persuasive difference between "Go blow something up" and enumerating a chain of facts (however factual they are or are not) on why something needs to be blown up.

      Much like the addict, it may not take very much justification, but it usually requires some.