Absurd analogies won’t stop terrorism

AntiWar.Com
by Ivan Eland

04/24/07

Michael Chertoff, President Bush’s secretary of Homeland Security, desperately tried to refute Zbigniew Brzezinski’s cogent charge that the administration has hyped the ‘war on terror’ to promote a ‘culture of fear,’ in a recent Washington Post opinion piece. In addition to shamefully smearing Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s former national security adviser, by associating him with the fringe opinion that the administration plotted the 9/11 terrorist acts, Chertoff also declared, ‘Al-Qaeda and its ilk have a world vision that is comparable to that of historical totalitarian ideologues but adapted to the 21st-century global network.’ This rhetoric makes it seem as if al-Qaeda is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. When comparisons are made to these villainous titans, we should be suspicious...

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