From Glenn Greenwald:
As French war planes bomb Mali, there is one simple statistic that provides the key context: this west African nation of 15 million people is the eighth country in which western powers – over the last four years alone – have bombed and killed Muslims – after Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and the Phillipines (that does not count the numerous lethal tyrannies propped up by the west in that region).
Luckily, the citizens of these countries understand that they are being bombed for their own good, so there is absolutely no resentment that could come back to the West in the form of a “terrorist” attack. It’s “terrorism” when they do it to us, you see.
And, how is this violent intervention justified? Simple:
Any western government that wants to bomb Muslims simply slaps the label of “terrorists” on them, and any real debate or critical assessment instantly ends before it can even begin.
Well, this can’t go on forever. It’s only a matter of time before the West declares victory and peace once again reigns throughout the world. Hahahaha! Just kidding. Here is the real truth:
The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating war precisely because it endlessly engenders its own enemies and provides the fuel to ensure that the fire rages without end.