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Re: Zbig

The “He who is not with me is against me” that Zbig attributes to Lenin was said earlier by Jesus at Matt.12:30, and it’s worth checking. As the repetition of it by Lenin shows, the phrase has passed over into ordinary folk wisdom and applies in many situations, although not in all. Bush does not use that maxim as a guide to his foreign policy, far from it, but he does use it where it applies quite well, to terrorism. For one country to help block terrorism requires a big commitment of vigilance and attention, and those countries that do nothing actually help terrorism to pass through undetected, and to thrive. So those that are not against terrorism with intense attention actually feed terrorism and help it grow. Bush is right, and–untypically–Zbig is off target.

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