a recent essay Charles Krauthammer suggests that President Bush
"remains popular in his party" because of "his
singular achievement: He's kept us safe." But what is safe
and who is us?
9.11 we have lost another World Trade Center’s worth of
young people: military service people in Iraq and Afganistan
[and thousands more that have been severely damaged]. Do they
not count as ‘us’ because they died overseas? Had
they been killed in attacks on domestic military bases their
deaths would be a measure of our lack of safety. Why does it
matter where they died?
have also been tends of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed
and over two million displaced -- the equivalent of 30 million
Americans when adjusted for population size.
Mr. Krauthammer knows all this, he must be suggesting that Mr.
Bush gets credit for keeping American civilians safe even though
that safety comes at the expense of American soldiers overseas
and civilians in other countries. We feel bad about their loss,
of course, but since it keeps us safe at home sacrificing them
for our benefit must be acceptable.
do not, of course, consider it in any way legitimate for others
to put our people in danger in order to protect themselves or
advance their own interests. That would be terrorism.