We're fighting them over there – and over here, too
by Justin Raimondo
In the 1960s, during the Vietnam era, the radicals of Students for a Democratic Society vowed to "bring the war home." It was meant as a threat: that they would visit the same destruction on the U.S. that American troops were visiting on Vietnam. In the present age, however, it is George W. Bush and war supporters in both parties who have brought the Iraq war home – as evidenced by the recent terrorist threat to New York City.
According to the local authorities, the plot involves 15 to 20 suicide bombers carrying backpacks or pushing baby carriages on New York City subway lines. A memo just now being made public says remote-controlled or timed explosive devices are involved. Three people have already been arrested – not in the U.S., but in Iraq.
Today – Sunday – is said to be zero hour, but maybe not. Mayor Bloomberg, however, isn't taking any chances. Random searches, more visible security, and the high-profile warnings emanating from city hall have heightened the general sense that a new nightmare is beginning.
"We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities."
How many times have we heard this endless refrain from our government officials and other war supporters? If only I had a dime for every time I've heard it in the post-9/11 era! Back in January, I challenged this nonsense head on:
"What if occupying Iraq and fighting the insurgency means we will almost certainly have to fight them on our own streets, in our own cities?"