Who Are 'These People'?
By Rick Perlstein
President Bush : "These people attacked us before we were even
Paine" -- - Can we have a little frankness,
The President of the United States is a racist. Or at the very
least, an anti-Muslim bigot.
In Iraq, Shi'ites and Sunni are fighting each other to the
death. Under what possible logic can they be joined by a common
There is no "these people" except in their common Middle East-ness.
Iran and Iraq fought a decade-long war - Shia against Sunni.
They are, to our president, "these people." "They" attacked us.
"They" continue to attack us. Iran, Iraq: all the same.
The people who attacked us on September 11 were from a group
called "al Qaeda." According to U.S. intelligence, Iraq was one
of the few countries in the Middle East where Al Qaeda did not
have a beachhead.
In the 1960s, to much of the public, China and Russia were
equally "these people." Even as those countries were on the
verge of nuclear war with one another. Bad people stoked the
equivilance of the two even after they knew better. They did it
to keep a monstrous war going, as the American people began to
It's much worse now. Who are "these people," Mr. President? Why
are you worse than McCarthy?
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