The greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people by George Bush was not searching for WMD but waging a war on terror. The word “terror” is ambiguous since one person’s terror is another person’s delight. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband strongly denounced the Bush program of a war on terror which has led to the debasement of the rule of law. “The idea of a war on terror gave the impression of a unified enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and al-Qeda.” As Miliband pointed out, “the reality is that the motivation and identities of terrorist groups are disparate.” Bush attempted to give the impression these terror groups were somehow united and under a central direction.
A nation can not wage “war” against an idea-terror-it can only wage war against an entity comprising some form of organization and coherence. The notion of a “war on terror” is a mistaken one which has confused the issue of how to organize efforts to win people over to the cause of democracy. Why do people anywhere in the world support terrorists? This question should be among the key ones posed by those who wish to lessen the impact of terrorists in the world. Bush always believed armed force would defeat “terrorism” and that will probably be his enduring mistake in history.