Friday, July 08, 2005

Myopia Can Kill You

To a lot of people in America, these attacks in London are the first attacks since 9/11. They see the war in Iraq as "taking the fight to them." It's no surprise why people believe this. They are told this on a daily basis by the Bush administration. They point confidently to the fact they we haven't been attacked since, as proof that this strategy is working. Nevermind the fact that Saddam hated Osama and Osama hated Saddam.

There certainly are terrorist in Iraq now, who cross the border daily with Saudia Arabia, Iran, and Syria. Yes they come to fight the Americans. But they also come to learn. Now we are starting to see the same type of improvised explosives used in Iraq showing up in Afghanistan. Safer indeed.

Just for the record, here are a list of terrorist attacks perpetrated since we "took the fight to them" in Iraq in March 2003.

1. May 12, 2003 - Four explosions rock Riyadh, in an attack on compounds housing Americans, other Westerners and Saudis. The attack kills 35 people, including eight Americans.

2. August 5, 2003 - A suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 150 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

3. November 15, 2003 - Twin car bombs explode outside two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 23 plus the two bombers.

4. November 20, 2003 - Trucks packed with explosives detonate at a London-based bank and the British consulate in Instanbul, Turkey, killing more than two dozen people and wounding nearly 450.

5. March 11, 2004 - An attack on four commuter trains in Madrid killed 191 people and injured more than 1,600.

6. July 7, 2005 - London.

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