The “War On Terror” Is Just A Phrase

March 25, 2007

I’ve had a problem with the way the slogan ‘war on terror’ has been used by the Bush administration for quote some time.  In fact, anyone familiar with my posts on this blog or FearBush.com will find the sentiments expressed in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s op-ed in the Washington Post  a bit familiar-sounding: Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

The damage these three words have done — a classic self-inflicted wound — is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare — political intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.

That’s always been the problem with this whole concept.  In order to ‘win’ the ‘war on terror’ we would have to erase the word from the dictionary.  There is no ‘winning‘.  Not to mention that counterterrorism efforts didn’t exactly begin on 9/11:

Time magazine used the phrase

I’m not going to say that I agree with everything that Brzezinski posted there, but it’s a well written piece. Here is Zbigniew Brzezinski in his interview with Bill Maher Friday night:


One comment

  1. Fantastic cartoon about war on terror!

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