Next al-Qaeda Target: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Instituto Ludwig von Mises
by Fernando Chiocca: The
Ethics of the Police
the GOP CNN debate when Ron Paul stated the retaliation motivation
of terrorist attacks, the warmonger Rick Santorum responded that
"We are not being attacked, and we were not attacked, because
of our actions. We were attacked, as Newt [Gingrich] talked about,
because we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization
of the jihadists," he said. "And they want to kill us
because of who we are and what we stand for."
But what is present in American civilization that would be contrary
to Muslim values? Letís take for instance the Islamic vision over
some Muslim countries, the alcohol prohibition
is in place, but to the rest of the world, where alcohol is not
under prohibition, these pictures of alcoholic beverages being destroyed
is it really because alcohol is legal in the US that jihadists are
aiming America? Then why not target other Western countries, instead
focusing mainly on America? Let me compare the alcohol issue in
my country, Brazil, with the US. The drinking age in Brazil is 18,
but only on paper. Teenagers can purchase and drink alcohol all
over Brazil. The US, in contrast, has one of the highest drinking
ages of the world, and itís strictly imposed by its police state.
Its laws prohibiting adults drinking on the streets and beaches
are dutifully enforced. In Brazil these laws are not only absent,
but are also unthinkable, and we see people drinking on the streets
and in every beach. In some US states, selling alcohol is banned
for private individuals. But not for New Hampshire, for instance.
Alcohol trade is completely controlled and administered by the state
government, where alcohol is commercialized by public officials
in the NH Liquor Stores a frightful Soviet outlet in the middle
we Brazilians begin to worry about terrorist attacks, in retaliation
to this antithetical alcohol observance? Not yet? So letís consider
another controversial Islamic issue: disclosing female body parts.
In more fundamentalist Islamic states, women are mandated to wear
the Burka. In other Muslim countries they must be fully dressed
even when going to the beach. What about Brazil? My country has
international fame for being a place where women wear very few clothes
if any. And what about the Brazilian bikini? Americans and
even Europeans are shocked by how tiny they are, not to mention
how a Muslim (or perhaps, even a Christian) fundamentalist would
react. Just to mention another feature, what can we say about the
famous Brazilian Carnival? Millions of men and women "making
out" and much more during the four days of festivities. Now
is that antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists or what?
Should I then expect a bomb exploding next to me when I am in the
streets of Salvador or Rio de Janeiro this February during this
a matter of fact, radicals
in Russia have been bombing bikini-clad women to enforce Islamic
dress codes; but note how this is a local
crime to be dealt by the local police, and not an international
subject for the so called War on Terror.
consider another subject: the economic freedom. While Brazil and
European countries are much freer than the US concerning behavioral
things like alcohol and sexual behavior, the US has much more economic
freedom than Brazil and a lot of European countries. But is liberty
in economic exchanges offensive for the jihadists? If so, Hong Kong
or Switzerland will suffer terrorist attacks soon? And why not Bahrain,
ranked 12 in the index of economic freedom, and also an Islamic
the underlying causes for radical Muslim groupsí actions restricted
to religious and lifestyle disagreements? Why are they not aiming
at the Vatican or trying to kill the pope?
if for some obscure reason the terrorists wanted to attack the US,
why didnít they attacked Las Vegas, the only place in the US where
people drink alcohol openly on the streets, gambling (another offensive
behavior for Muslims) is everywhere, and is, in fact, notoriously
known as the Sin City? (I have been there three times and when one
compares it to Brazilians "Sin Cities", Vegas actually
looks like Disneyworld).
answer to all these questions is plain and simple: the war propaganda
is an overt lie. The motivation for terrorist attacks has nothing
to do with some anti-Western ideology. "They hate us because
our freedom"? What freedom?
seems obvious and undeniable that what Ron Paul says about the terroristsí
attacks suffered by the US are a direct result of American foreign
policy, and its military presence in the Middle East. And it has
nothing to do with the American way of life, nor their liberties
(even more so because America is no longer a free country it once
was). Ron Paul is the only politician who sees and understands the
dim reality, and only he can restore American liberties and bring
the nation security. All other candidates are isolated from the
real world. It is remarkable that war propagandists like Santorum
and Gingrich could use an "argument" like this on national
TV with a straight face. Wake up America.
Chiocca [send him mail]
is an intellectual
anti-intellectual, praxeologist and advisor of the Instituto
Ludwig von Mises Brasil. See his
articles at the institute.
© 2012 Fernando