By Con George-Kotzabasis
A short reply to Steve Clemons’s “Thinking About Terrorism”
The Washington Note May 05, 2010
Clemons’s title “Thinking About Terrorism” should be retitled to Thoughtless About Terrorism. So to Clemons the attempted terrorist act in Times Square New York “may have been acting in reaction to American drone strikes in Pakistan.” This silly contention flies in the face of the fact that, according to the confession of the would-be bomber himself, he had received terrorist training in Pakistan long before the drone attacks against the Taliban and al Qaeda in the latter country. So the implied reasoning of Clemons is stop the drone attacks and that will ‘stop’ the training of the terrorist camps and hence the attacks on the United States.
Also, Andrew Lebovich’s reasoning, with which obviously Clemons agrees, is turning Islamist ideological terror into a rationale “for political and economic gain” by “opaque” governments. To both of them Islamist terror does not have a real contagious existence that spreads especially in countries with fledgling governments, such as Morocco, Yemen, Somalia, and others, but merely a malign impish existence which these governments use as a scarecrow among their peoples for political gain, and of course, to induce and cajole Western governments by deceiving them about the incursion of al Qaeda into their own countries so that they can fund their fight against this ‘impish threat’.
Clemons and Lebovich are absolutely thoughtless about terror. And just read the cogitations of another serious thinker of Islamist terror, Dan Kervick: To him, in his omnipresent sarcasm, the real threat of terror is a vaudevillian act that “missed” him.