January 5, 2014
Here is a headline in the NY Times, as displayed on its main web page: “Absent U.S., Power Vacuum in the Middle East Lifts Militants.” You will find the link below.
To me, this is just astounding. After all, it was the exercise of U.S. power in the Middle East, especially in the form of Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq that has led to rise of militancy in the Middle East! And this is to say nothing at all about how U.S. support for Israel might also contribute to the strength of the militants in the Middle East.
Oh yes, and by the way, what do you call a nation which claims as its right to preemptively strike, that is, wage war on those who it perceives to be its enemies? I suggest that the word “militant” could be accurately used to describe such a nation. So why is it that the Times feels free to label some in the Middle East “militants,” but chooses not to do so with regard to the United States? Y’all know the answer to that question, of course.