Friday, 20 March 2009


More nuance, please!


SPIEGEL:  Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.”  Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

NAPOLITANO:  Of course it does.  I presume there is always a threat from terrorism.  In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters.  That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
“Nuance,” huh?


Prepared, in advance, for the next September 11th
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack were all inconvenienced in a series of deliberate unfortunate and deadly terrorist acts man-caused disasters.

The victims inconvenienced were in airplanes or in their offices -- secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers.  Moms and dads.  Friends and neighbors.  Little Eichmanns.

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended altered by evil, despicable acts of terror culturally and historically justifiable man-caused disasters.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief grudging admiration, terrible sadness guilt, and a quiet, unyielding anger sincere desire to understand why they hate us.

These acts of mass murder man-caused disasters were intended to frighten inspire our nation into chaos and retreat thoughtful reflection.  But they have failed.  Our country is strong stubborn.  A great people has been moved to defend attack a great nation that is no better than any other.

Terrorist attacks Man-caused disasters can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but and also they cannot touch reflect the foundation evil of America.  But although these acts shatter steel, but unfortunately they cannot have not yet dented the steel of American resolve arroganceWhich is kind of sad, when you think about it.

Via:  NewsBusters via Ace
[1]  Mostly from this comment by “Milesdei,” with a few extra crossouts by o.g.

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