When the Devil Asks You to Dance, Don't Expect to Lead

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WaPo: "The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures, a sharp upswing in deadly attacks that the State Department has decided not to make public in its annual report on terrorism due to Congress this week.

Overall, the number of what the U.S. government considers "significant" attacks grew to about 655 last year, up from the record of around 175 in 2003, according to congressional aides who were briefed on statistics covering incidents including the bloody school seizure in Russia and violence related to the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir.

Terrorist incidents in Iraq also dramatically increased, from 22 attacks to 198, or nine times the previous year's total -- a sensitive subset of the tally, given the Bush administration's assertion that the situation there had stabilized significantly after the U.S. handover of political authority to an interim Iraqi government last summer.

The State Department announced last week that it was breaking with tradition in withholding the statistics on terrorist attacks from its congressionally mandated annual report."
"Last year was bad. This year is worse. They are deliberately trying to withhold data because it shows that as far as the war on terrorism internationally, we're losing," said Larry C. Johnson, a former senior State Department counterterrorism official, who first revealed the decision not to publish the data."

The Bush administration's Global War on Everything has resulted in an increased number of terrorist attacks worldwide. Bush apologists assert that, since no attacks have taken place in the U.S., we are somehow winning this ill-advised global offensive. The U.S.-led NATO attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan was very effective in destroying the hornet's nest, but thousands of well-trained terrorists eluded capture or death there. Bush and Blair then chose to attack Iraq on the basis of intelligence they knew was suspect for reasons that had nothing to do with the Al Qaeda attacks on America, and the militant fundies in the Islamic world strapped their dancing shoes on.

The Global War on Danger was created by the neocons in the Bush administration. A Global police effort against the criminals who attacked the United States could have unified the world against a band of thugs. Instead, Bush elevated these murderers to the status of warriors, giving them legitimacy where before they had none.

If you voted for George W. Bush because you thought he'd keep you safer, know that he has botched the job and is withholding that fact from you. The terrorists who will murder innocents to create global instability have found their ideal dance partners in this arrogant administration. Our responsibility as citizens is to do what we can to stop the music before they dance us all to death.