George Bush lovet i sin tid å gå etter stater som aktivt eller passivt støtter jihadister og terrorister. En betydelig del av jiahdistene i Irak kommer utenfra. I hvilken grad skjer det med landenes stilltiende samtykke? Det kan virke som dette er noe Det hvite hus kvier seg for å ta tak i.
But one thing about the speech bothered us. Bush correctly noted that the enemy in Iraq is not only an indigenous «insurgency»: «Our military reports that we have killed or captured hundreds of foreign fighters in Iraq who have come from Saudi Arabia and Syria, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and others.» This got us to thinking of something the president said on Sept. 20, 2001:
We will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
Is the president confident that the foreign terrorists in Iraq are acting independently of any state, that none of the regimes in the six nations he cited are providing «aid or safe haven to terrorism»? If he is not, shouldn’t he have threatened those regimes with some sort of consequences?