What is the Threat?

Posted on Wednesday 5 April 2006

Over at the Irregular Times, they’ve got an article called What is the Threat? It is a good question, and I’ve actually mentioned this idea previously on my blog. You can see the two stories here, and here.

It really depends on how you define Security.

From the Oxford Dictionary:

security |siˈkyoŏritē| noun ( pl. -ties)

1 the state of being free from danger or threat : the system is designed to provide maximum security against toxic spills | job security.

  • the safety of a state or organization against criminal activity such as terrorism, theft, or espionage : a matter of national security.
  • procedures followed or measures taken to ensure such safety : amid tight security the presidents met in the Colombian resort.
  • the state of feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety : this man could give the emotional security she needed.

By these definitions, the first has not been accomplished, the second has been tried, but the Bush administration has failed miserably, and the third has been actively undermined by the actions of the Bush government.

Yet the Republicans and the Bush regime claim to have increased security for Americans… Actually, the only security they’ve really increased is that of their wealthy friends and corporations, at the cost to the country, the lower and middle class, and the world as a whole.

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