Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fareed Zakaria Thinks We Overreacted to 9-11

Everyone's favorite sorta-hard-to-pigeonhole-Indian-American-IndianAmerican Fareed Zakaria has taken to the the airwaves and blogwaves this week to tell us that the United States overreacted to 9-11.  Here's a sample of what he's peddling:

Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe. While it has inspired a few much smaller attacks by local jihadis, it has been unable to execute a single one itself. Today, Al Qaeda’s best hope is to find a troubled young man who has been radicalized over the Internet, and teach him to stuff his underwear with explosives.

Far be it from me to argue with Newsweek Magazine's designated arbiter of all that is centrist and just in international affairs, but isn't there just a tad bit of a logic-bomb in Zakaria's thinking?   Could it be that Al Qadea is simply not that deadly a threat BECAUSE of the "over"reaction of the US and its allies?  Reminds me of the annual New York Times story decrying "filling prisons even as the crime rate drops", as if there is no correlation. 

Does any rationally thinking person believe that Osama Bin Laden and the boys believed that they would pull off the big attack on September 11 and then spend the next 9 years hiding in holes?  No--they saw it as the opening salvo in a civilizational war they were bound and determined to win, one that would include many more attacks in the US on scales both grand and modest.  But that hasn't happened.  And it hasn't happened because we "over" reacted. 

More "over"reaction, please. 


Anonymous said...

This is an interesting example of commentary and opinion. Everyone has one -- Zakaria, CW, me...everyone. One way of looking at it is to say that AQ has not been able to launch major attacks because of what we are doing. Conversely, though, you can't prove that if we hadn't done it they would have attacked. Call it the pol-mil verion of Schroedinger's Cat if you want. We can effectively describe the reactions to our actions, but can't truly hypothesize what would have happened if we had done less or nothing. So in that regard, Zakaria is wrong from the standpoint of proving his opinion, but he is entitled to it nonetheless.
-- botts21 sends

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Thorn said...

I didn't read that he was criticizing that we went after Bin Laden to the extent that we did kinetically. I read that we overreacted in some of the other aspects of the national security state that has built up in the name of going after AQ et al or protecting us from them, that probably isn't helpful and has changed our society in a way of allowing greater state intrusion in our daily lives and an increase in police power that might be used outside the scope of what we "agreed" to? Just a small example

Tom de Plume said...

The fact that a man named Fareed Zakaria is not in an internment camp indicates that we did not overreact.

Anonymous said...

I would add that the fact our current President is a man named Barack Hussein Obama is another indication that we did not "overreact".

"The Hammer" said...

Go get 'em Tom! You be a funny mofo sometimes.

BigFred said...

Tom that is THE FUNNIEST thing I have read in 6 months.

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