Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bush compares Bin Laden to Hitler - BBC

Here we go again, this is the beautiful logic of the Bush Administration:

1. All Americas foes are evil
2. All evil people may be called "fascists"
3. If these people may be called "fascists", they may be compared with Hitler's Nazi regime
4. Confronting Hitler sooner would have saved the world 65 years ago, therefore America has the duty to confront these evil people by all means necessary.
5. Rally around this beautiful logic, support the president no matter what sacrifices you may have to make.

After a quick reality check between the rethoric and what happened since 11-sept-2001, here are a few facts:

1. An horrific terrorist attack killed thousands of civilians 5 years ago.
2. The masterminds of this attack were known by the US intelligence for years, yet nothing was done to prevent this tragedy
3. Terrorist attacks occured in Europe during the 1990s, however efficient intelligence and police coordination helped dismantle more deadly attacks in that part of the world.
4. After 9-11, worldwide outrage brought immediate support to Bush's decision to attack the Taleban regime in Afghanistan.
5. One year later, the Bush administration pretends that Saddam Hussein's regime is linked to 9-11.
6. The Bush Administration pretends that Iraq is a worldwide threat after dubious reports reveal the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
7. Iraq is invaded and occupied.
8. Three years later, the country is "on the verge of Civil War".
9. WMDs have never been found in Iraq.
10. 5 years later, Al-Qaida is not dismantled. Terrorist attacks are still a threat. Just a few weeks ago, an horrific plot to bomb airliners have been dismantled on time by British authorities.
11. 5 years later, North Korea has the bomb. The US foreign policy has so far failed to stop Iran from pursuing a military nuclear program. Pakistan - a US ally - may be a place of transit for nuclear material.
12. US citizens have seen their freedom diminished by the Patriot Act... This was done in the name of freedom.
13. Is that a success?


Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 21:59 GMT 22:59 UK
Bush compares Bin Laden to Hitler
President Bush (31 Aug)
President Bush has been defending his Middle East policy

President George W Bush has compared Osama Bin Laden to Lenin and Hitler in a speech to US military officers.

"Underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake," he said as he quoted extensively from Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures.

He said the world had ignored the writings of Lenin and Hitler "and paid a terrible price" - adding the world must not to do the same with al-Qaeda.

Mr Bush has been defending his security strategy as mid-term elections loom.

His speech on Tuesday - the day following the US Labor Day holiday - coincided with the country's traditional start date for election campaigning.

"Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them," he said.

But, he added, the US and its allies could be confident of victory in "the great ideological struggle of the 21st Century" because "we have seen free nations defeat terror before".

Anti-terror strategy

The speech covered many of the same themes as his first address in his current five-speech series defending his administration's so-called Global War on Terror.

He outlined a newly-updated "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" document, which includes objectives such as preventing future attacks and denying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.

"The best way to protect America is to stay on the offence," he said.

In the 1920s a failed Austrian painter published a book in which he explained his intention to build an Aryan superstate in Germany and take revenge on Europe and eradicate the Jews - The world ignored Hitler's words and paid a terrible price
George W Bush

Other goals in the US strategy include denying terrorists control of any nation or area they could use as a refuge - an aim he linked to the continued US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And with less than a week until America marks the fifth anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks, he again portrayed US policy in Iraq as part of a broad strategy to maker the country safer.

He defended the controversial Patriot Act and terrorist surveillance programme, which involves the government listening in on calls between the US and foreign locations without the warrant which is normally required.

"If al-Qaeda is calling somebody in America, we need to know why in order to stop attacks," he said to the applause of his audience.


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