10.10.2004

The real Kerry quote

Everyone's up in arms about what Kerry said recently:
"We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance."
But, and damn the Bush campaign for making me defend Kerry because I really don't like him but the Bush campaign have been such incredibe liars that I end up doing it, here's the complete quote:

"We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance. As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life."
So he thinks we need to defeat terrorism to the point they're not a threat. Sounds rational to me. We can't completely defeat "terrorism" because it's a tactic and it's not an army, a group, or anything tangible. It's like the "war on drugs", you can't eradicate drugs, but you can beat them down to a minimum and you can beat them to where they aren't a dire danger like in, say, Columbia. You can beat al-qaeda because they're a group, but you can't beat terror because it's just a way of doing things. To me, Kerry's quote sounds like common sense on what a victory will look like with terror being beaten as much as possible and becoming a small problem instead of the huge one it is today.

This is a shining example of the need for first sources. Most people will only read the first sentence but if you're interested in the truth never believe anything unless you get the original and complete source and make up your own mind about it. Don't fully believe anything without the original source, and that includes anything I say.



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