Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Another Fortnight, and Still No Quagmires

Another two weeks has passed, and I still haven't heard "quagmire" come out of a politico or campaigner. With just a little over five months to go before the America election, that's a good sign.

I noted the campaign's quagmirelessness back in "Lies, Quagmires, and Straight Thinking" (May 14, 2008). There's a more detailed discussion of "quagmire" and political rhetoric in "Quagmire: Now and Forever, it Seems" (November 11, 2007), with links to earlier related posts. (I hope it's simply political rhetoric, and that the 'quagmire' people don't actually think in those rather dated terms.)

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.