Interesting article in the Age today by Robert Pape, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism on the reasons behind the bombing campaign by terrorists.
According to him, it’s not a war about ideology and religion, it’s purely anger about western forces in the middle east and in other islamic nations. He doesnt quite go as far to say that these guys are freedom fighters but I think the implication is there.
He paints a persuasive incomplete picture, choosing to ignore much of the statements from the terrorists themselves who paint it as a battle of cultures and as a religious war.
He also seems to ignore that there is a primary difference between this bunch of suicide bombers from other suicide bombers involved in Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Chechnya, Kashmir and the West Bank. This bunch views the entire Islamic world as a single entity from which all western influences must be purged. It isnt a nation state they’re dying to defend, Islam doesnt differentiate between state and church, politics and religion. Its an ideal *Islamic* nation state that they are dying to *create* often against the wishes of the majority of the Muslims they purport to represent.
As with many who bring up this argument, he stops short of advocating the withdrawal of all troops from the middle east. He merely wants people to see the real reason behind the terrorists actions. But the implication is there I think.
I’ve been getting more and more disturbed by much of the left’s reactions to the bombings. It is appearing to me that their rabid anti-americanism especially their hatred of Bush and Howard is clouding their judgement when it comes to the motives and desires of these terrorists.
Wise up. These people are not freedom fighters, they are Islamic revolutionaries. While they may hate the Americans and Bush just like you do, do not be fooled into thinking that the enemy of your enemy is your friend.