Redefining Terrorism

Pay attention folks, because George W and the congress are quietly maneuvering our country into another war that has nothing to do with any terrorist threat to America.

Their target is not Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, or supposed terrorists in Sudan, Yemen, or the Philippines. Rather, they are committing us to an ever-broadening effort to prop up the elitist, corrupt, and inept government of Colombia, which is embroiled in a long and bloody civil war with two guerilla groups in the south.

Until now, our country's involvement in Colombia has been rationalized as part of Washington's "war on drugs." We've sent military advisors, armed helicopters, CIA intelligence, and billions of dollars to the Colombian military, all in the name of stopping the drug traffic that finances the rebels. Of course, drug trafficking also finances the right-wing paramilitary thugs who support the government, and it profits some of Colombia's elites who now cry out for the U.S. to save their pampered lifestyle from the guerillas -- but, hey, picky picky.

Now, however, Bush & Gang are proposing to remove any pretension that our military involvement is about drugs, instead drastically broadening our mission to the defense of the Colombian government against the rebels.

How do they rationalize putting us smack into a raging civil war against a guerilla movement that poses zero threat to our borders? Easy -- by simply declaring that the rebels are "terrorists," thereby automatically making them targets of George W's limitless global war on terrorism. As an unnamed senior Bushite told the Washington Post, "all we are trying to do is to add the words 'counter-terrorism' to what the U.S. can do in helping Colombia."

This is Jim Hightower saying ... This shows the extremism of Bushism. George and his ideological cohorts are willing to brand any and all groups they dislike as "terrorists," then use our tax dollars and military to kill them. This is not a war on terrorism, but a war on our own democratic values.


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