"Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, also said that while pressure on al Qaeda has intensified under President Barack Obama, the capture or killing of Osama Bin Laden shouldn't be a 'single factor' in fighting terrorism."
Translation, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. It's business as usual; we got the troops, now Osama goes back into the terrorist closet until we need him again to scare the little children into eating their vegetables.
Los Angeles Times- "Five young Americans arrested in Pakistan
"The men, all U.S. citizens about age 20 who recently disappeared from the Washington, D.C., area, were detained in the Punjab region for suspicious activities."
"In this case, the families of the five young men who suddenly disappeared went to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group. The families and the council 'immediately determined that the FBI had to be brought into the situation,' said the organization's spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper."
Suddenly disappeared? Last time I checked you still needed a passport to go to Pakistan. And a list of all airline passengers is forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security, unless they just walked to Pakistan. It's just show business, folks. They knew where these kids were all along and just waited until friendly headlines would be helpful. Apparently al Qaeda didn't want them; they probably thought they were plants and were quite possibly right.
In World War One, thousands of volunteers went to fight for France or for Germany and no one suggested that the Kaiser was trying to radicalize Americans. Americans of the Lincoln Brigade went to fight in the Spanish Civil War and it was called idealism.
Today it's once more through the slaughterhouse. I can hear John Ashcroft singing "Let the Eagle Soar" while Tom Ridge raises the threat level over enemies that are loosed among us and even are us.
Dangerous Americans are lurking in dark corners waiting to do us harm. We'd best support the President's expansion of war in Afghanistan or else.
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