I just read about a U.S. missile strike in a town called Peshawar in Pakistan yesterday. It seems as though the CIA was trying to kill Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Queda's #2 man. [Has anyone noticed that we kill Al-Queda's number two man once every three months?] Well, it seems that he wasn't where he was supposed to be, and between 6 and 10 civilians were killed by a U.S. missile instead.
Before I go on too much further, let me go on record as stating, I am all for hunting down and killing each and every member of Al-Queda. I'll never forget 9-11, I'll never forget seeing people jump to their deaths, having chosen a falling death over a burning one. So, I'm all for killing each and every A-Q bastard in the most creative ways possible.
But this missile strike, which is so far from the first misguided attempt on A-Q hierarchy, that I have lost count of them. This strike killed three children of a man named Shah Zaman. Now, I don't know Shah, he may be an A-Q bastard on the down low, or he could be some schmuck that was unlucky enough to just live in the wrong place at the wrong time. Either way, 3 of his kids are dead. Suffice it to say, that Shah could give a damn less about 3000 dead American's on 9-11. All he cares about are HIS three little babies, his 3 dead little babies.
Many American's have gotten a massive hard-on for Bush and his WAR ON TERRORISM, but terrorism is an ideal, it's a concept, a practice, a means to an end. Terrorism doesn't lie within a specific plot of ground, terrorism doesn't have a navy or a constitution. We can't go to Terrorstan and kill all the Terror-troops and march to the Terror-Capital and force the Terror-Boss to sign a treaty of surrender. It's not that simple, it's not that black and white. Our brave men and women, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers over in Iraq aren't fighting the war on terror. They are losing their lives covering up for President Bush's lies, tricks and treachery. He will have them dying in the streets, getting blown up and shot up till he sneaks out of the White House in January of 2009.
But what do Shah Zaman, September 11, 2001 and The WAR ON TERROR have to do with each other? They all show a dangerous, arrogant and short sighted Presidential administration that has made America more vulnerable and more of a target than ever before in her short history.
The response to 9-11 by the Bush League was lame and unguided at best. It took US troops over 2 months to get on the ground in Afghanistan to go after the Taliban. That gave A-Q plenty of time to scramble into the hills of Pakistan - the very same hills that many of them played in as children and trained in as men. This is why, over 3 years after 9-11, the US is still carelessly and arrogantly dropping missiles into villages trying to kill A-Q members. And this is why men like Shah Zaman will be dangerous to you and me in the years to come. Does anyone reading this just figure the families of these countless victims [ie. innocent children and non-combatant civilians] of Bush's WAR ON TERROR are just going to peacefully and quietly turn the other cheek over the dead bodies of their family members. If so - you need to wake the fuck up!