Then: Iraq invades Kuwait. We declare it a war on Saddam, though not a war on the Iraqi people. We bomb Iraq and free Kuwait. We promise a Palestinian state. We impose sanctions which have so far cost the lives of half a million Iraqi people, mostly malnourished children (a “price worth paying”, according to Secretary of State Albright). We maintain a military presence in Saudi Arabia to protect oil reserves.

Now: Terrorists attack the US. We declare it a war on terrorism, though not a war on Islam. We bomb Afghanistan. We promise a Palestinian state. We will likely continue to treat Islam as being the root of this evil that is terrorism, and will impose sanctions on some Islamic countries. We will topple the Taliban and institute a government that is friendly to the military dictator in neighboring Pakistan, though probably repressive to its citizenry. We will maintain a military presence in Afghanistan to protect the pipelines that will carry oil from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea.

Same shit, different day.

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