Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Guru was Not Wrong

Two lines from tonight’s “Politicizing of 9/11” by GWBush struck me in their contrast. Early in his saber-rattling diatribe he said:

“Since the horror of 9/11, we have learned a great deal about the enemy. We have learned that they are evil and kill without mercy — but not without purpose. We have learned that they form a global network of extremists who are driven by a perverted vision of Islam — a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises all dissent.”

And near the end of his speech he proclaimed:

“On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. Our nation has endured trials — and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. And we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies we will protect our people ... and we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty.”

Anyone care to clarify the practical difference between excoriating the “enemy” for “despising dissent” and then insisting that we “put aside our differences?”