What if Osama bin Laden ordered the 9/11 attacks thinking that the United States was about to attack Afghanistan and him? The Guardian reported that "Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of possible American military strikes against them two months before the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington . . ."
At a meeting of senior diplomats from Iran, Pakistan and Russian, U.S. diplomats allegedly warned that unless the Taliban turned over Osama that America would take overt military action "from very close proximity to Afghanistan." Pakistani officials passed the threat along to Osama.
Now, if America had the right to conduct a preemptive strike against Iraq, a country that has proven to have been posing no immediate threat to the United States, does that mean that Osama even had more justification for striking America?
Universality is the ethical premise that holds that either both had the right or neither did. You can't have it both ways. Things go kaput with the dual standards of Doublespeak. Double binds drive you batty. "Do as I say, not as I do" is not a valid model for a democracy. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
What we have here is a failure to understand the golden rule. The notion is the universal basis of ethics. Namely, that you will try to treat people like you want to be treated. However, Mammon's golden rule is that whoever has the gold and power, rules. Might makes right. If you win then God wanted you to write the history books.
If God ( or Allah, history or ideology) is on your side then you are special and don't need to worry. You are exalted and entitled to hit first. You can support brutal dictators so long as it is in your interests. You can claim to be promoting democracies around the world but then refuse to recognize them as with Hamas in Palestine. You can't say that you are spreading Jesus' message of brotherhood and love by waging war. You can even claim to be the number one democracy when you don't allow for true democracy yourself. You can promote women's rights and secular liberal government in the Middle East while fighting them as evil at home. When you claim exception to the rules then you can have double standards and feel no http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/cognitive_dissonance">cognitive dissonance.
Tags: Noam Chomsky, Failed States, Doublespeak, Double bind, 9/11, Osama bin Laden