Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Fuzzy Math 

From an Ed Gillespie campaign email last week:
Yesterday, at the “Take Back America Conference” for liberal activists, Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton introduced George Soros with effusive praise.

Then in his remarks Mr. Soros--the billionaire supporter of John Kerry and MoveOn.org--equated the attacks of September 11 to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse and went on to say, “The war on terror has taken more innocent victims than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

"Unbelievable"? Whether you agree or disagree with the prospect of killing a lot of people in order to ostensibly make ourselves safer, would anyone in their right mind disagree that, after all the bombing in Afghanistan and Iraq, after all the politico-ethnic slaughter in Uzbekistan and god knows where else, that the war on terror has not, in fact, quite literally and mathematically, "taken more innocent victims than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001"?

Anyway, here is what Soros actually said:
I think that the picture of torture in Abu Ghraib, in Saddam's prison, was the moment of truth for us, because this is not what this nation stands for.


I think that those pictures hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself, not quite with the same force because in the terrorist attack we were the victims. In the pictures we were the perpetrators, others were the victims. But, there is, I'm afraid, a direct connection between those two events, because the way President Bush conducted the war on terror converted us from victims into perpetrators.


This is a very tough thing to say, but the fact is that the war on terror as conducted by this administration has claimed more innocent victims than the original attack itself.


So I think that the American public has now seen that they have been misled, and they've turned against the Bush administration and I think that we are now well underway of the bust.
See--the photos and terrorist attacks both shocked and disgusted us; therefore, according to Gillespie, Soros has "equated" the two.


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