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  •  Extremists want war. (none)
    This attack happened because Blair was going to draw down British forces in Iraq. That doesn't fit the al Qaeda plan at all, at all. Why, if the British could get away with leaving, next thing you know, the US might even think about withdrawing its troops too, and then where would al Qaeda be? Fighting Iraqis who wanted them to leave the country, too, that's where. No glory in that.

    They want the war to continue, and escalate.

    Terrorists profit -- financially, and with increased personal power and prestige -- when governments react to their attacks with military force. The last thing terrorists would ever want is for peace to be considered as an option.

    This isn't a guess. It's a pattern you can see operating, quite predictably, wherever terrorists have a foothold. Cease-fire being considered? Peace talks under way? Moderates starting to notice that they outnumber the extremists? That's always the cue for a rash of vicious bombings. This ties the hands of any politicians working for peace, because, well, "you can't let the terrorists win!"

    Which is precisely the reaction the bombs are intended to elicit.

    Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

    by Canadian Reader on Thu Jul 07, 2005 at 07:55:31 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly which is why Livingston is most (none)
      certainly not George Bush.  This is also why the Israeli right attacks him as is well documented in this thread.  We have three fundamentalisms in two camps desperately trying to draw liberal society into their archaic pissing contest.

      Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

      by NoAlternative on Thu Jul 07, 2005 at 08:23:46 PM PDT

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