Ashrak, on Sep 10 2009, 09:48 PM, said:
That's hubristic Duce, very hubristic.
Sure, write off Al-Qaeda....that's a wonderful idea.
Ash, if you wake up every morning and patrol your farm hoping to catch a jihadist in the act, I feel very sorry for you. I for one, plan to live life, go to college, start a family--WITHOUT living in fear of another plane crashing or a bomb going off. I don't plan on giving these thugs the time of day. I certainly hope al-Qaeda doesn't interfere with my plans, and they very well might, but well, what was it Col. Ryan said? "The price of security is paranoia."
It's a rough trade-off.
PistolWhipped, on Sep 10 2009, 09:58 PM, said:
No offense Duce, while that is an admirable view, it seems a bit idealistic.
You all like apt quotes. How about this one: "He who fights monsters must take care lest he thereby become one."
We are not here to prove we are "better" than them. The fact we did not fly planes into any of their massive population centers settles that. We are there to eliminate the threat to our nation's security. But for some reason, Washington seems to be of the mind that the animals who initiated these attacks deserve some level of sporting chance. I disagree.
Self-preservation. That's what bears do. Are we bears? No. We are more than bears. I'd rather not become a terrorist. I'd rather not be a nation of terrorists. And I am not and we are not because we refuse to become the "animals" our enemies are.
Sure, we could've gone Gulf War I on Iraq for the second time, but we didn't. If we did, I bet you we'd be facing a much bigger insurrection than we did.
We do not need to make friends.
We do not need to play nice.
We DO need to put down the animals that initiated these attacks, and those whom would aid, abet, and harbor them.
Remember, we didn't declare war on the Muslim World. We declared war on al-Qaeda. Silly things like rules of engagement help keep it that way.
Really it is that simple. People like to overcomplicate things. If they want to die and go to Allah, we send them on the way. Not put squads of kids barely out of high school in Hummers waiting to get shredded by IEDs. This is not some moral holy war. Militant Islamists would like to make it one, but why fight on their terms?
People like to oversimplify things. Our response in large part helps dictate how much worse it will get.
It isn't simply a matter of "fighting on their terms" but rather one of putting the hurt on the right people.
This post has been edited by MaDuce: 11 September 2009 - 06:01 PM
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