Above is the cover illustration we recently created for The Intellectual Activist magazine. Editor and publisher Robert Tracinski came up with the basic idea. The challenge was to depict a fear of physical harm from the TV's imagery, as opposed to merely a desire to avoid viewing it. In the cover story, Tracinski writes:
Terrorism is the weapon of those who are weak -- weak materially, weak in numbers, weak in ideological support. And precisely for that reason, terrorism is a weak weapon, an ineffective tactic that does not actually empower its perpetrators to achieve any substantial military objective.
If terrorism seems to achieve its objectives -- indeed, if it seems to threaten us with defeat -- it does not do so under its own power. Terrorism, with the images of carnage that it produces, is merely a front, an illusion that masks the power of a very different and more sinister force, which is the only adversary we have to fear in this war.
The powerlessness of terrorism -- and the real power that will determine American victory or defeat -- is the lesson to be learned from the past eighteen months of warfare in Iraq.
One recent pair of events provides a microcosm of the current state of the war, summing up everything that comes before it and setting the stage for what comes after it: the assault on the insurgent -- controlled town of Tal Afar by combined US and Iraqi government forces, conducted in a series of engagements from September 2 through September 6 of last year -- and the series of suicide bombings in Baghdad that followed on September 14 and 15. ...
Posted by Forkum at March 1, 2006 07:47 PM