I watched a programme on telly yesterday about the Al Khada and how they are increasing their recruits on a global basis. At the end of the programme a question was raised as to whether it is time to start talking to Al Khada. What do you think?
You bring up an interesting point about the decision-making process that results in whom the government claims is a terrorist and whom it does not. The current order has already named its targets, and they are therefore the "terrorists." Even the guerrillas fighting against the occupation of Iraq are called terrorists. But Eric Rudolph is just a disgruntled citizen, the murderous dictators running China are good guys, and the United States is "spreading democracy" by committing the same acts it uses as a basis for declaring others to be terrorists.I think America should try and talk to Al-Qaeda. I know our government does not want to negoiate with terrorist, they think doing so would make them look weak and ineffectual. But they have always done this! Look at North Korea, look at other governements they have chosen to talk to which many would say are terrorist states. What they really seem to mean lets not negoiate with terrorist we don't need anything from.
The incommunicado thing is just one more way of dehumanizing the "enemy" so that Americans will keep nodding their heads about the war. If we actually spoke with these people once in a while, we might see through the concerted propaganda effort underway by our government to promote its wars of conquest and domination. (Nothing that comes out of the government or its corporate allies can be trusted.)