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26 July 2005 @ 04:19 pm
Domestic Terrorism  
The War on Terror - how is it going? Well if you mean domestic terror, the answer is: pretty damn good.

In the 10 years since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, roughly 60 right-wing terrorist plots have been uncovered in the United States, according to an upcoming report by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project. The plots, all foiled by law enforcement, reportedly included violent plans by antigovernment militia groups, racist skinhead organizations, and Ku Klux Klan members to use various types of chemical bombs and other weapons . . .

[An example:]

April 10, 2003: The FBI raided the home of William Krar, of Noonday, Texas, and discovered an arsenal of more than 500,000 rounds of ammunition, 65 pipe bombs and remote control briefcase bombs, and almost 2 pounds of sodium cyanide, enough to make a bomb that could kill everyone in a large building. Krar, reportedly associated with white supremacist groups, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for possession of a chemical weapon.

from US News and World Report

Read  Bruce Schneier's piece on domestic terrorism and an Orcinus article on domestic terrorism for more information and a lively discussion.

If you meant international terror, then the answer is: a "shoot-to-kill" policy means we're going to shoot innocent people, and back it up with the same reasons as the terrorists. (Also from Bruce Schneier)
iophaiopha on July 27th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links. Very, very interesting.
Gostor of Wafflekaulis on July 28th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
GSAVE Is a Lifestyle
The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremists (GSAVE; Global War on Terror is being retired) is more than a catchy acronym, it's a way of life. It might even be inimical to your way of life, and that's okay. Your naive question "how's it going" connotes some metric for success or assessment, but the only examination our foreign policy needs is a little introspection. Our policy is feeling good about itself, and it's following its heart. That's what matters. Just ask Wonka.

People who've seen me stretch were sometimes been impressed, and said, "Wow. You're really good at yoga." They're missing the point. Yogic stretching is a means for somatic and meditative focus, and I'm actually exceptionally bad at that. Being flexible just means you have to work harder or be more complicated in order to stretch so that you can be meditative.

You see, GSAVE is striving to walk the path of the Righteous Man. It may stumble now and again, chickening out of toppling three regimes at once, inspiring fear in its own citizens, but that doesn't matter because it keeps trying. Heaven forfend it should succeed completely; what would happen to the Righteous Man if he reached the end of his path in this life? Without the Path, he could not walk, and without walking, he would not be righteous.

In case you're curious, ensconcing the rich so far above the poor that governments cannot contain them and national economies tremble in their wake is also a lifestyle choice. It's sort of like playing Amber. (You know, the RPG. In character creation, you decide you want an infinite dimension of Smurfs to do your bidding. That costs a point. Want them to be exceptionally toothy and warlike Smurfs, unmatched in battle? That's two points.) I'm glad to know that GWB's plan for an ownership society will guarantee my grandchildren the opportunity to earn valuable stocks in payment for every Shadow Run they make.