Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Why Vote for Bush? (even if you don't like him)

If for no other reason, I give you this one:

A Kerry victory would be seen and used by Al Queda as an Al Queda Victory. As I've noted before, give a screaming child what it wants, and you can expect more screaming. You've just taught him that his tactics work.

It does not matter whether or not Kerry would chase down terrorists and kill them or how much more effectively he might (speculatively) do it.

We are at war. Our enemy realizes that there is no way to defeat us militarily. They opt, therefore, to fight a propaganda war. Not one where they just stand up and bloviate, but one where they provide fodder for Amercans and others with no stomach for fighting to stand and say "enough!". This is a war where they let us defeat ourselves with our own internal propaganda. It worked in Vietnam. It's dangerously close to working today.

Osama Bin Laden and Al-Zarkawi don't have to say "we kill more and more of you every month". They just step up their efforts and let our own press analyze & re-hash & speculate & bloviate, and allow Kerry to stand up and say "More in July than June, more in August than July, more in September than August" -- he is their mouthpiece, as he was 30 years ago after he left Vietnam for the Viet Cong.

As Putin said a few days ago, "Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush."

The terrorists want Bush to lose. That is their biggest short-term tactical objectiveright now. If Kerry wins, whether or not it's correct (though I believe it would be), they would believe it was because of their terrorist efforts. Their inexcusible violence against civilians (terrorism) will have changed the political landscape of the United States of America. It would be a huge morale boost to them, and a potent recruitment tool.

They are throwing everything they have at Iraq right now in a desparate effort to bring Bush down. If they succeed, all of the health-care, social security, and jobs in the world won't be enough to make up for the victory the American people will have handed them. As they did after Somalia, Al-Queda will use for their recruiting the tagline that America has no stomach for a fight, and we will have proven them right.

This is serious. You want to deliver a blow to Al-Queda yourself without firing a shot? Now is your chance. Get out and vote. You and anyone else you can convince -- get out and vote against Bin Laden by voting for George Bush.

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