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posted by David Aitken | 6:19 PM
The guy's setting up straw men. No one claims that the Iran Hostage Crisis was a result of the Iraq War. But it is incredibly hard to see how the insurgency's terrorists, who are related to the other terrorists in no way except for label, aren't a direct result of the US's presence there. By definition they are.
Adam,It's hard for me to think of The Anchoress as a guy. Still, moving on fromthere, I think you're exactly right about two points:(1) Because the Iran Hostage Crisis preceded the Iraq War, no one claims thatit was a result of the Iraq war.(2) If the "insurgency's terrorists" were a direct result ofthe U.S.'s presence in Iraq "by definition," then they'd be a direct resultof the U.S.'s presence in Iraq.These illustrate two principles of logic: timelines can be applied to reachcause-and-effect conclusions (ante hoc ergo non propter hoc), and tautologiesare valid even if the premise is bogus (petitio principii). You have a firmgrasp of both.Indeed, so does The Anchoress and so do we all.I see no straw men, though -- only The Anchoress reminding us that - the Islamofacists were murdering us long before we we liberated Iraq from Saddaam Hussein - the Islamofacists that we're fighting and killing in Iraq are part of a larger wave of worldwide, Islamofacist terrorism - the Islamofacists that we're fighting and killing in Iraq aren't local "insurgents," they're monsters in a solid, world-wide, Islamofacist movement to kill us, re-enslave Iraq and Afghanistan, and terrorize the rest of the world - the Iraq War is part of the same fight as the Iran Hostage Crisis: in the end, we'll win both or we'll win neither.She does it with pictures.Why? Who knows.Maybe she hopes she'll educate folks who haven't already figured this stuff outthemselves. Maybe she thinks they're just poorly educated or can't read well.Me, I doubt it.I think anyone who hasn't already grasped these points believes the Islamofacists arethe good guys. Believes that Michael Moore and Ward Churchill are greatAmericans. Believes that if American foreign policy had been being guided by Al Goreor Kofi Annan or Dan Rather or Yellowcake Joe, we'd never have gotten in thismess. Believes that Amerika should stop its imperialist, corporate aggression,shut down its Gulags, and teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. Believeswe should buy the world a Coke.I think she's wasting her time.So. How about them Broncos?
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