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Hitchens and Newt Discuss the War on Terror (2002)

Taped July 18, 2002
What kind of war is the war on terrorism? Ordinarily wars are fought against proper nouns—against Germany during the Second World War or against the Soviet Union during the cold war, for example. Now we're being asked to fight a war against a common noun, terrorism. Just how accurate and useful is the phrase "war on terrorism"? Is this a war? And who exactly is the enemy—Al Qaeda? Al Qaeda plus all other terrorists around the world? Al Qaeda plus all other terrorists plus all the countries in which the terrorists operate? In other words, just how good a job are the president and the administration doing, not just in prosecuting the war but in defining the objectives?

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Added: Mar-24-2012 Occurred On: Jul-18-2002
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  • A war against the irrational.

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  • He may be highly esteemed among fools in this emd times world, but in hell he will always have the reputation of Adolf Hitler.

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  • Hitchens really sold himself cheap by buying into crude dialectic, the world is a complex place with plenty of room for multi-valency when it come to nutbaggery Zionist Whahabist Neo-Con oil-junky etc.

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  • This war on terror has been a failure for the American people, we have had more rights taken away from us based on this shit than would ever have happened otherwise.

    Will we put an end to this police state we are creating or will it continue to strangle us? I see no end in sight, those who have power here justify it with this "War" and at the same time abuse those powers 10x more against US citizens than they use it to fight terrorism.

    They will one day create a massive home grown More..

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  • I once read a great quote/proverb/saying on a little wet-nap at Hooters: 'indecision is the key to flexibility.' So long as the government didnt specifically define the enemy, it had all the flexibility to pursue this very general group of people who 'practice terrorism.' The government oversimplified the problem and instead of US media performing any sort of investigative journalism, it just wanted to know when and where. Also really well in making terrorism homogenous; I mean the US Military d More..

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