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OPINION CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 ps to defeating terrorism--theirs and ours By NICOLAS J. S. DAVIES ..... Contributor . ' , ' France and Russia s military re- tiiiiiiiii!i i! !i iii!iliiii, iiiii! sponses to mass murders in Paris and ii i!!iiiil iiiii!i ] Egypt echo the U.S. response to mass murders in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania in 2001. Islamic State (IS) has welcomed this warlike response to its latest atrocities. A1 Qaeda similarly counted on an aggressive response to 9/11. The U.S. inva- sions and occupations /m of Afghanistan and Iraq and the concen .... tration camp at Guan- tanamo became the most valuable assets Nicolas J.S. in its.propaganda and Davi recruiting campaigns, now complemented by the terror of drone strikes and bombing campaigns in Syria and Iraq. By contrast, former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz insisted in the aftermath of 9/11 that we must respond to terrorism as a heinous crime and not dignify it as an act of war. Those responsible must be identified, pursued, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, with only as much military support as is strictly needed to bring them to justice. But their crimes must not be allowed to become a pretext for wreaking mis- directed vengeance on other countries and innocent lives. As Representative Barbara Lee told her colleagues before casting her brave and lonely dissenting vote, "Let us not become the evil we deplore." But Ferencz's and Lee's wise coun- sel fell on deaf ears. After 14 years of war, which our leaders launched and continue to justify as a response to ter- rorism: beginto rethink its covert support for ian officials for torture and other war such groups in Syria; and we remain crimes. closely allied with all their state spon- Publicly recommit to full compli- sors: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and ance with the United Nations Charter, other Arab monarchies, the Geneva Conventions and the rule Declaring an open-ended war on of law. "terror," "Muslim extremism" or "as- Redirect a potion of U.S. military The U.S. and its allies have con- sociated forces" forecloses many of the spending to sustainable development ducted over 120,000 air strikes against ways that wars are usually brought in war-torn countries. seven countries, exploding fundamen- to an end. We cannot meet "terror" If these steps seem "politically im- talist jihadism from its original base in at the negotiating table. The interna- possible," that is a measure of how far Afghanistan to an active presence in all tional military competition to destroy we have strayed from basic standards seven countries and beyond. IS will leave more cities in ruins, like of international behavior that we and U.S. invasions and occupations of Fallujah, Sirte and Kobane, but it will other countries are committed to. If Afghanistan and Iraq and "lead from not end the "war on terror." Even a we fail to take such steps and choose behind" wars in Libya, Syria and Ye- successful military campaign against instead to keep fighting an endless war, men have left swathes of each country IS, if such a thing is possible, will only we must accept our share of responsibil- in chaos and under militia rule, exactly hasten the next mutation of jihadism ity for the slaughter of innocent civilians the safe havens that the "war on terror" and draw more young Muslims intoand widespread chaos that are its defin- was supposed to eliminate, its ranks, ing features. Since 2001, U.S.-led wars have President Obama acknowledges As the late historian and former killed about 1.6 million people, or 500 that there is no military way out of U.S. Air Force bombardier Howard times the number of people killed by the this trap. Yet he soldiers on blindly as Zinn wrote in a letter to the New York original crimes of 9/11. Disproportion- if there are no non-military alternatives Times in 2007, "The terrorism of the ate use of force and geographic expan- either. But there are specific policies 'suicide bomber and the terrorism of sion of the conflict by our side has led to that our government can pursue if it aerial bombardment are indeed morally a proliferation of violence on all sides, is serious about ending this horrible equivalent. To say otherwise (as either War, occupation and chaos have cycle of violence: side might) is to give one moral supe- driven 59.5 million people from their Prioritize the Vienna negotiations riority over the other, and thus serve to homes, more than at any time since the for a political transition in Syria. perpetuate the horrors of our time." V rorld War II. Repeal the 2001 and 2002 autho- If, on the other hand, we can restore Since 2001, the U.S. has borrowed rizations for the use of military force, legitimacy and reason to our own and spent $3.3 trillion in additional which have served as blank checks for country's international behavior, then military, spending to pay for the larg- endless war. we can begin to regain the moral and est unilateral military build-up in his- Halt air and drone strikes, legal ground from which to defeat ter- tory, although less than half the extra Treat terrorism as a crime, not as rorism - theirs and ours. funding has been spent on our current an act of war. Nicolas J. S. Davies is the author oJ wars. Close Guantanamo. "Blood On Our Hands: the American Only a decade after U.S. sup- Stop fomenting chaos in other Invasion and Destruction oflraq" and o] port for fundamentalist jihadis in countries, from Syria to Venezuela. the chapter on "Obama At War" in "Grad- Afghanistan led to the worst mass Enforce U.S. laws prohibiting arms ing the 44th President: A Report Card on murders in U.S. history, our leaders sales to countries who commit war Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive once again began recruiting, training crimes, abuse human rights or sponsor Leader." and arming jihadis to fight in Libya terrorism. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this and Syria. Only after IS invaded Iraq Enforce the command responsi- commentary do not necessarily reflect those in force in 2014 did our government bility of senior U.S. military and civil- of the Cheney Free Press. continued from page 4 cial nature of the season never today - were spent at my par- gatherings with Chevy Chaseher mother, has embraced the did. It would, in fact, intensify ents' house. And much to the in "Christmas Vacation." challenge and proudly picked chard offered gorgeous views when I met my wife. surprise of our children, Santa Over the course of a few up the Christmas Eve cel- of the snowy hills beyond and We eventually went from always seemed to remember years and the passing of myebration in which her beloved valley below, one get together to three, this stop as well. parents the focus of Christmas Nana once reveled. 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