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The 'Good' War on Terror

Saturday, September 23, 2006 Posted: 02:59 PM JST

Interesting read:

The Good War on Terror
How the Greatest Generation helped pave the road to Baghdad


What is not mentioned in the article is the underlying philosophical construct of the US that will always lead it to war. The US believes in, thrives on and exists because of the concept of competition and a Zoroastrian belief in a struggle between good and evil.

The first drives many Americans to incessantly look for competitors, who are quickly seen as enemies.
The second makes these people think in black and white, instead of in tones of grey.

Both good and bad are born from this.
But the bad is real bad:

The US defines itself by its enemies. It needs enemies.
Without them, the country seems to loose its reason to exist.

Note Oct 14 2007: Article by Uri Avnery, Israeli author and activist and head of the Israeli peace movement, "Gush Shalom".

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