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9-11: Here’s a report no one will read or talk about…

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on August 24, 2008

You will not read about it on conspiracy theory sites. You will even have a hard time finding the news on mainstream, credible newspapers. And you will certainly not find this video on YouTube, here. But here’s the title that the International Herald Tribune chose two days ago:

9/11 Building brought down by fire, not explosives, report says

Big surprise, right?

Yet again, it takes seven years, a whole lot of smart scientists and patient reading to actually understand what happened and debunk the most ridiculous theories in the history of mankind. But as we know, it is much easier to substitute a slogan – “9-11 is an inside job” – with some intelligent analysis. That is why such efforts – including the one I commented here also – are laudable because proving the obvious has never been so useful.

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Torturing Debate

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on December 11, 2007

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The admission by the CIA that interrogation tapes were destroyed has sparked – again – the debate on torture and on the Bush Administration’s competence. 

To be sure, the Bush Administration has fumbled the ball yet again.   This is not a black and white issue – although promoting other ways to fight terror would certainly be strategically efficient in the Global War on Terror.  It is not a matter of free barbarity or violence for the sake of violence.  It is not as if our opponents are angels from Heaven.  But because of this Administration’s inability to communicate or to elaborate a viable strategy that offers and spreads hope at least as much as it generates fear, there will only be one side to the story, once again.

Just like in the cases of Guantanamo and Abu Grahib, what strikes me most is the speed at which the information was revealed – in this case, the tapes were destroyed in 2005, meaning less than two years ago.  Beyond this new controversy – or scandal, depending on where you place yourself – we have additional proof of how efficient our democracy is in bringing the information that matters to the public in a reasonable amount of time.  This is not true for all Western countries.  The U.S. should seek to draw all benefits from that democratic vitality.

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9-11: Six Years On

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on September 9, 2007

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So much has been written on the subject.  Yet, what is remarkable about the event and the comments it has generated, is that whatever was written a little while ago is still relevant today.

The most significant of those comments is that, ironically enough, the U.S., which was attacked on 9-11, is paying today a heavy political price for those strikes.  I’ve offered here a methodology to assess how beneficial security spending since 9-11 has been at home here.  It seems that a cost-benefit analysis, based solely – by definition – on financial considerations, passes the test.  The same is certainly not true if political factors are included in the computation.  Hence this heavy political price.

One fundamental reason for this is that as a democracy, in a struggle with groups and countries with little consideration with principles related to liberty, the U.S. is not playing by the same rules.  The most recent and very cogent instance of this state of affairs was recently revealed by David Ignatius here: While Iran actively intervened in the January 2005 Elections in Iraq, the U.S. refused to adopt similar methods and did not back more moderate Iraqi politicians.  No American move to challenge Iran‘s $11 million challenge, although, as Ignatius reveals, the did provide some alternatives.

There is obviously nothing wrong with that choice.  There is also nothing wrong with the current criticism currently formulated against the Bush Administration for its poor handling of the post-Iraqi war.  There is something troublesome, though, with the way this criticism has been expressed.  It seems, at time, as if the only type of international violence that one can witness today emanates from the U.S., and that no one else is causing any harm.  Or, to use Mark Steyn’s words in his column today, as if there is no terrorism, only war.  

Moreover, this raises a paradox.  In a more extreme form, criticism against the Bush Administration put the emphasis on the Administration’s incompetence.  While there may be grounds to argue in favor of this thesis, the fact that the U.S. did not suffer any attack since 9-11 contradicts the very notion that this Administration is fully incompetent – luck as an explanation might be a bit of a stretch here.  But the paradox doesn’t stop here.  Steyn, in his column, raises the many contradictions of the most extreme form of criticism, expressed by conspiracy theories.  On the one hand, the Bush is very incompetent, but still smart enough to orchestrate, on its own soil, an operation like 9-11.  That’s an issue conspiracy theorists have not been able to solve yet.  Some even claim Bush rigged elections.  I would personally add, beyond Steyn‘s remarks, that interestingly enough, Bush failed to rig the last election of his mandate, that led to a Democratic landslide in Congress almost a year ago.  How weird.

I never cared for this systematic Bush bashing, caused, in my opinion, by a left lacking reason and a right lacking pragmatism.  Democrats would have dealt with this problem in a way that would have not been any different than Republicans – anybody remember the Clinton Administration‘s obsession with Saddam Hussein? Regime change was on the table as early as 1998.  Republicans have responded to the emergence of a new constellation of more pro-American leaders in Europe with a “So What?” that is as troubling as it is bewildering, given what is left to do today.

Six years on.  Same debates.  Little change.

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