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       Friday, September 29, 2006

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Oliver Stone Declares Terrorism 'Manageable,' Get Over 9/11 Already

Oliver Stone was at it again recently, tearing America and the Bush administration down over the war against terrorism. As is so often the case, he was doing it from foreign soil, this time from Spain, where he was attending the San Sebastian International Film Festival which was screening his recent movie, "World Trade Center."

The Spanish hardly need lessons on why putting up a serious fight against terrorism is, according to Stone, a bad strategy. After all, two days after the attacks in Madrid the Spanish people voted in an appeasing antiwar socialist to head the country. It was their way of trying to insure that they wouldn't be attacked again. And no worries, so far it looks like it's working.

But Stone was on a roll and was indiscriminately throwing red meat to his audience. Here are some choice morsels:

"We have destroyed the world in the name of security. From Sept. 12 on, the incident (the attacks) was politicized and it has polarized the entire world. It is a shame because it is a waste of energy to see that the entire world five years later is still convulsed in the grip of 9/11."

In other words, why in the heck can't we just get over it and move on?

"It's a waste of energy away from things that do matter which is poverty, death, disease, the planet itself . . . rather than fighting wars with others. Mr. Bush has set America back ten years, maybe more."

No mention of the terrorists having anything to do with that 10-year set-back, though. Anyway, why can't we all just join the Peace Corp, feed hungry Third World children and forget about a bunch of war?

"If there had been a better sense of preparation, if we had a leadership that was more mature. We did not fight back in the same way that the British fought the IRA or the Spanish government fought the Basques here. Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with."

Ah-hah! Now we get to the crux of the matter. Terrorism is manageable and can be lived with. Of course! Why didn't Bush think of that? John Kerry thought of it, but then he's way smarter than Bush. He said that terrorism is basically like crime. You can't eliminate it, but you try and keep it at some acceptable level.

Sure, it's simple. So, let's see, how do we go about quantifying how many skyscrapers full of people we're willing to tolerate that will come crashing down in the streets of American cities, oh, let's say, every five years or so, just to start with an arbitrary time period? One? Two? Five? Ten? And what about chemical, biological or nuclear attacks in the future? How many?

We'll just send investigators out to the scene of every "crime" to sift through the destruction and carnage for clues. Then we'll try and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law, or at least the non-martyred ones who aren't already in paradise having at it with their promised virgins.

Here's some news for Oliver Stone. Al Qaeda isn't comparable to the IRA or the Basque separatists. Neither the Irish nor the Basques were willing to kill themselves in the midst of apocalyptic attacks designed to kill thousands in one fell swoop and cripple the economies of the Western world, all with a further ultimate goal of establishing a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Can you see the difference in both scale and goals?

Why would I even bother asking?

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website:

And for another fun-filled column on Oliver Stone, go here.

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posted by Greg Strange at 9:36 AM  


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