In a pathetic attempt to show why the Democratic Party and the Progressive movement is the place where true ideas are to be found, Presidential hopeful John Edwards has offered up his plan to combat terrorism. The would-be commander-in-chief’s plan to combat the problem of terrorism is a six-point plan to combat terrorism by ceasing to actually combat it.
That’s right, John Edwards plan to fight terrorism is to do anything other then actually fighting terrorism. You see, that’s because Mr. Edwards believes that the war on terror is nothing more then a ‘bumper sticker slogan.’
So instead of actually fighting terror, A John Edwards presidency would use the Peace Corps to try to eliminate it.
The plan Mr. Edwards presented yesterday — which he dubbed “A Strategy to Shut Down Terrorists and Stop Terrorism Before It Starts” — calls for a 10,000-person “Marshall Corps” to deal with issues ranging from worldwide poverty and economic development to clean drinking water and micro-lending. He said investing in those areas would shore up weak nations and help ensure that terrorism does not take root there. That, he said, would allow the country to stop potential terrorists before they even join the ranks.
There are “thousands committed to violence” today, he said, and America needs to use all of its tools to go after them. But he said millions more people are “sitting on the fence” about whether to join those ranks. “We have to offer them a hand to our side instead of a shove to the other side of that fence,” he said.
John Edwards has wholeheartedly embraced the myopic beliefs of sixties radicals that ‘poverty’ is the root cause of all the evils in the world. This is just more proof that John Edwards as well as almost everyone else on the so-called “Progressive” left, is not fit to lead our nation during a time in which we face the biggest threat to our way of life in recorded history.
Poverty is not the cause of the problem we face; combating poverty is just a happy feel good task that the left can get behind while they completely ignore what the actual problem is. Islam or more specifically the radicalized Wahabbism version of Islam that is being spread across the globe thanks to funding by Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Saying that poverty is the root cause of violence is doing nothing, more then making a blanket bigoted statement directed at the poor. Being poor does not automatically make you predisposed to violent tendencies. The same may not necessarily be true for the opposite side of the fence however.
Poor people rarely have time to bother themselves with political interests and taking up revolutionary or terrorist tendencies, you see they have more direct and important matters to fill their time with… trying to make ends meet and just survive. Throughout history it has not been the downtrodden and underprivileged that have championed radical or revolutionary movements, it has been the well educated and somewhat privileged. Overthrowing the establishment has always usually been an elitist endeavor.
Che Guevara was born in Argentina to an aristocratic family of Irish decent and enjoyed poetry and chess— not exactly hobbies taken up by the poor. Before he became a socialist revolutionary and a tee shirt sales icon—, he was a medical student. Vladimir Lenin was born into Russian nobility and attended law school eventually getting a law degree. Fidel Castro was born into a rather wealthy Cuban family and attended Catholic boarding schools as a child before entering university and becoming — you guessed it, a lawyer.
Socialist revolutionaries aren’t the only ones who are born from the well off however, studies have shown that over 75% of al-Qaeda members have come from upper-middle class families with many of them college educated — usually in Europe or right here in the United States.
Mohamed Atta, the head of the 9/11 hijackers was born into a well-to-do Egyptian family and graduated with an Architectural degree in Egypt before moving on to Germany where he furthered his education.
In the case of the global spread of radicalized Islam, the proof that poverty has absolutely nothing to do with their twisted ideology is the fact that the eradication of poverty is nowhere to be found on al-Qeada’s to-do-list. In fact, poverty is a good thing as their version of Islam calls for the entire world to be a Muslim world stuck in the middle ages, devoid of western notions of individualism, and capitalism.
Twisted political and religious ideologies are the true root causes of terrorism, not poverty. All John Edwards proposal would do is to make matters worse, by causing the middle east to resent us more by sending in a bunch of privileged and myopically liberal kids their to clean water and pass out food — instead of trying to do some real good like kill terrorists and spread democracy.