Principalities & Powers

Hate, Inc.

No sooner had victory in Afghanistan by the forces of Truth, Beauty, and Global Democracy been announced and the still uncaptured and undeceased Osama bin Laden declared by President Bush to be “unimportant” (no doubt the reason the administration put a $25-million reward on his head last fall) than the top-ranking officials of the U.S. government informed the nation that terrorist attacks within the United States were a virtual certainty.  On May 19, Vice President Cheney told Meet the Press, “The prospects of a future attack on the United States are almost certain.  Not a matter of if, but when.”  The very next day, FBI Director Robert Mueller told a gathering of district attorneys in Washington that suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks inside the United States were “inevitable,” that “there will be another terrorist attack,” and “we will not be able to stop it.”  And the day after that, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told a Senate committee that terrorists will “inevitably” gain control of “weapons of mass destruction” and will not hesitate to use them against us.  For all the administration’s chest-thumping about the glory of driving the mad mullahs of the Taliban from the field of battle, it might seem that a certain degree of skepticism about the scope and meaning of our “victory” is in order.

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