Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
Sterling Ambivalence

The Al Qaeda Endorcement...

Al Qaeda for Kerry
Al Qaeda for Bush

Discussion... politicos want the Agusta Chronicle to apologize for a provacative cartoon drawn by Rick McKee. Inspired by the idiotic 'foreign leaders' controversy and the bombing of the Madrid trains, McKee sees the terrorists becoming more politically active in their own special way. Using his powers of deduction, he come to the conclusion that Al Qaeda would support John Kerry.

Because I made a promise to praise Mickey Kaus once in my lifetime, I'll let his rebuttal speak for itself (he's rebutting Bob Novak, but I like cartoons better)...

Hmm. Doesn't it seem likely that Novak's take is 180 degrees wrong, an attempt to avoid the uncomfortable possibility that Al Qaeda and its allies may actually prefer Bush's reelection? For one thing, that's what the "group that claimed responsibility for the bombings" appears to have explicitly said:

Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization." [Seattle Times, March 20]

Perhaps the alleged Al-Masri Brigades statement is bogus. But it's Novak himself who treats it as authoritative. If one part of the statement is to be believed, why not the other part? And the underlying theory--that Bush's reelection will 'heighten the contradictions' and create more terrorists, ultimately producing an apocalyptic East-West clash--is an entirely plausible rendition of Al-Qaeda-ish ideology, no? Bin Laden, in this reading, would intend to use terror to split dovish Europe from hawkish America rather than to replace America's hawks.

Think of it this way, there's really no way for Al Qaeda to influence the politics in America in their favor. Nothing is going to cause us to elect someone who proscribes fundimentalist Islamic law for all things. The best they can hope for is to destroy out country by causing us to overextend ourselves, all the while alienate our allies, while using us as a recuitment tool by making us the aggressive evil monsters. Simply put they need a big enemy to keep the masses distracted from the little enemies in their midsts. George Bush is a much better big enemy than virturally anyone else.
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