As we quickly approach the fifth anniversary of 9/11 (or, as I have often observed, 9-1-1) we are being treated to a smorgasbord of media offerings on the nailing-jello-to-a-wall “War on Terror”. Meanwhile voices seeking less of a scorched earth military approach are shouted down as naive. Well call me naive.I am unhappy enough with some aspects of western democracy to think twice before arrogantly taking it on the road like Rambo-style vacuum sales reps. That is patriarchal, patronizing colonialism; nothing less. (One alternative might be more targeted international police work while delivering on our promise to rebuild critical infrastructure, sans Halliburtonesque corruption, at least one-quarter as fast as it has been destroyed.)Greg from Sinister Thoughts was apparently up early today and managed to stomach a really nasty column by Christie Blatchford on Jack Layton’s call to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Blatchford, like her friendly competitor Rosie DiManno at the Toronto Star, is a big fan of the mission in Afghanistan. I guess it comes with being “embedded”, although I don’t know if Canadian journalists are under as strict constraints as Americans. Is it not possible to roll around with our troops while questioning the wisdom of their political masters?
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