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If a prominent national event happens.....the arrogant, narcissistic chump Joe Lieberman, of the Lieberman-4-Lieberman Party, usually runs to stand in front of the nearest Fox camera. Recently, during the buildup to the Senate vote on health care reform, Holy Joe was as pleased as he could be with himself for making himself the center of the storm.....dictating to majority Democrats what he would and would not allow them to pass. Joe was just so self-satisfied and smiley about sticking it to his former party members.
Lieberman sat down yesterday with (who else) Fox's Chris Wallace, explaining to Wallace how the Nigerian extremist who tried to bring down a plane coming into Detroit on Christmas day, had been "self-radicalized."
The independent Connecticut senator said accused bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian man charged with trying to set off a powerful explosive aboard a Northwest Airlines flight as it descended toward Detroit Friday, fit all the signs of a terrorist.
Earlier, Mr. Lieberman had said the same thing about Major Hasan, the army psychiatrist who went on a rampage at Ft. Hood....
And there's concern from what we know now about Hasan that, in fact, that's exactly what he was, a self-radicalized home-grown terrorist.
Joe Lieberman knows about self-radicalization. He, himself, became self-radicalized after 9-11. No one brainwashed Mr. Lieberman, he didn't attend any radical Jewish synagogues or sit at the feet of any radicalized Rabbis, he didn't scour radicalized neo-conservative web sites......no, Joe simply self-radicalized after 9-11. Lieberman became an extremist neo-conservative all on his own volition. Lieberman, a Democrat at the time, became so self-radicalized, he all but surgically attached himself to the butt cheeks of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney.
Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Wolfowitz, Mr. Feith, Mr. Addington.....all of these American neo-cons.....self-radicalized after 9-11. They saw what happened on 9-11 when foreigners who had entered our country legally, commandeered 4 airplanes and ran them into buildings killing nearly 3000 U.S. citizens. The traumatizing event of 9-11 caused those American namebrands to become self-radicalized as American neo-conservatives.
Having been "self-radicalized" by the violence and trauma of 9-11....these would-be warriors plotted secretly to overthrow the sovereign nation of Iraq, fraudulently misleading Congress and the American people with their sly and devious propaganda. Propaganda willingly repeated by self-radicalized "news" outlets, like Fox, and the Drugster. These self-radicalized American warriors orchestrated secret and illegal spying on the communications of Americans....they brought the shame of torture to our once proud nation.....they opened offshore gulags....they operated in the shadows.
The point is this: "self-radicalization" is in the eye of the beholder.
The problem with neo-conservative narcissists who mouth off about Muslims becoming "self-radicalized" is that they are all one eye blind. While the American "self-radicalized" neo-cons self-justify American armed forces killing and displacing millions of middle eastern Muslim civilians.....they simply can't comprehend Islamic "self-radicalization" as a response to the actions of self-radicalized American leaders.
Just as I don't justify or defend the ghastly actions of America's self-radicalized neo-cons.....neither do I justify or defend the ghastly actions of any self-radicalized Muslims. Because, you see....both are indefensible extremists.
After 9-11, we were repeatedly told that, "they hate us because of our freedom." We were told over and over again that Islamic extremists willing to suicide themselves in symbolic scare-tactic acts of violence....were motivated to do so.....because they hated America's freedoms.
Naturally, that "reason" was ridiculous. But it didn't matter. It stuck.
The leader of the Islamic self-radicalized, Osama Bin Laden, clearly explained why Muslim suiciders were willing to die in acts of symbolic violence. The U.S. military stationed U.S. soldiers and equipment on the "holy" ground of Saudi Arabia....and the U.S. had not been willing to lean on Israel to change the Israeli-Palestinian apartheid situation.
Bin Laden was explaining not that Muslims hated America's freedom....but that Muslims hated America's involvement in the infringement of their own freedom. Once again, I do not defend or justify any of Bin Laden's deranged and violent methods. At the same time.....the U.S. has yet to come to grips with the truth about, as Rudolph Giuliani might say, "the terrorists war against us."
American leaders, self-radicalized as neo-cons or not, are reluctant to delve into the factual reasons why Muslim suiciders are willing to do what they do. It's just easier to say stuff, like, they became "self-radicalized", than it is to rehearse the numerous occasions in which America has directly interfered in majority Muslim nations.
The U.S. has plotted and orchestrated many political overthrows in the middle east. The U.S. has propped up western-friendly dictators and thugs in majority Muslim nations. The U.S. has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel, no matter Israel's many actions of aggression. And now in the 21st century, the U.S. military is occupying two primarily Muslim nations, carrying out drone attacks in two others (Pakistan and Yemen), as we weekly kill more Muslim civilians than "militants."
American citizens were also told repeatedly that the reason the U.S. had more than a 1/4 million military members and private contractors inside middle eastern countries was...."to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here."
As we can see with every passing week....that spin by America's self-radicalized neo-conservatives.....isn't true either.