[lit-ideas] Re: Text of bin Laden Tape

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 21:05:56 -0500

Lawrence Helm wrote:

"From the fact that so many people want us to withdraw prematurely from
Iraq (to the delight of Osama) it is clear that millions don?t
understand the ?importance? of fighting this enemy."

This is a non sequitur.  One can both understand the importance of
fighting this enemy and argue for the withdrawal of troops.  For
instance, one can argue that with the fall of Saddam and the
installation of a democratically-elected government, the best way of
fighting this enemy, now and in Iraq, is to turn the fight over to the
Iraqis.  It will be the Iraqis who are best equipped to identify 'the
enemy' and it will be the Iraqis who are best able, with support from
the U.S., to isolate and destroy 'the enemy'.  One may disagree with
this argument, but it demonstrates the logical error in claiming that
the call for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq evidences a lack of
understanding concerning the importance of fighting this enemy.


Phil Enns,
Toronto, ON

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