Great fucking post at Toast's place. I've had these thoughts bouncing around for a while, but since he's a much better writer than I am -
Most everyone on the left who is against the Iraq war is quite cognizant of the threat of Islamic terrorism. Where we differ with folks like Weisberg is that we don't believe that the sole way to prove that seriousness is to out-hawk the hawks and sign onto every foreign adventure the neocons throw at the wall to see if it will stick. Rather, we'd prefer to:
- Address homeland security in a practical fashion, taking the concrete steps we can to prevent further attacks and ameliorate the effects of another attack should one happen (something the Bush administration has utterly failed to do).
- Work with our allies to track down and root out terrorists and terrorist organizations using targeted police actions instead of massive invasions.
- Untangle the root causes of Islamic terrorism by understanding its cultural, economic, and geopolitical underpinnings.
- Use the military as a tool of last resort.
That doesn't sound so crazy, does it? You don't need to have flowers in your hair and be smoking a joint for that to sound reasonable.