Sheep. We’re a society of sheep. The Washington Post polled the county and found that 69% of Americans believed it was likely that Saddam was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks carried out by al-Qaeda. This despite no actual evidence any relationship between bin Laden and Hussein existed. This despite all intelligence stating that bin Laden and Hussein disliked each other. This entirely because it is the fodder fed to us by the administration as part of the war justification propaganda. Sun Tsu said, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This could have been motivation for Saddam and Osama to team up, but it was never positioned that way. Somehow it was twisted to become, “My enemy and my other enemy must be friends.” What crap. Shame on us.
In a similar vein, there is a lot of scrambling to determine if the bombings in Iraq are related incidents. Is there a single group behind them? No one knows for sure, but personally, I think they are likely unrelated. Every terrorist group out there with an anti-American agenda is likely converging on Baghdad. There is no reason for us to take solace in the fact that no new attacks have taken place on U.S. soil in the last 2 years. It is far easier for these groups to launch attacks on us overseas, and I think this is exactly what’s happening in Iraq. It’s open season on Americans there. Are these groups working together now? Probably not. If they are, in a way, we are responsible for bringing them together. But likely they are not working cooperatively any more than a field full of deer hunters are working together. A common goal and common tactics do not imply a coordinated effort.