When I post something here it is 95% feelings. I have never claimed to be a pundit. The new commenter here, Solid, makes it pretty obvious that my writing still needs tons of work. I respect his opinion but I think that along with others that commented on that post, they missed the objective of what I was trying to do.
I made that post to express my frustration and to make people think. For some people it did just that, it made them think, but for others it made them hold onto their ideals like a teddy bear that helps them sleep at night.
I am not an expert in politics or foreign policy, but I do know a couple of things.
1. Even before 9-11 the world has hated that America tries to police the world.
Solid had a great point, in the current global technological and scientific state, the world is our backyard. If you have not seen the movie by the South Park guys Team America, you should. It is funny and satirical, but in there is the message that it will be impossible to police the world.
Terrorism is not a country, a religion or even a group of people; Terrorism is an idea. Terrorism cannot be stopped in the sense that every single time you kill a terrorist, someone else is going to take up whatever cause that person was fighting.
2. Doing nothing is not the answer.
I believe the current war is a waste of resources for this country, beyond just the loss of human life in both sides. Do I think those terrorists that are beheading people should be exterminated? ABSOLUTELY!
The way we are fighting this was makes us look pretty stupid. It is almost like Vietnam did not happen and we did not learn that fighting a war in someone else’s turf is a very taxing campaign.
Our goal should be to protect our country, making sure that the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies do the best they can do to stop 9-11 from every happening again. 9-11 could have been prevented, the signs were there, but a lot of people dropped the ball. I can only hope that we are doing a better job of identifying and stopping threats now.
Everyone that has posted seems to forget that at the moment we are fighting in Iraq not to topple a regime, or to stop some terrorist from attacking the US, but to stabilize a young democracy plagued by sectarian violence.
The whole country is in the verge or civil war, or in the middle of it, depending on who you ask. We went to Afghanistan to take down Al Qaeda and Osama, and we did an excellent job at killing a lot of Al Qaeda’s forces as well as toppling the Taliban, but don’t tell me that the country is now a secure place where democracy is flourishing.
I agree with taking action, but taking on the job of making the Middle East a place for democracy and freedom is as stupid as the Christian missionaries that try to convert Asians from religions that they have practiced for thousands of years. Can you convert some people? Of course. Can you convert everyone? NO. Just like supporting the war will never be 100%.
As to what should we do to stop terrorism? I don’t know, that is what my post was all about. I am confused as to what the objective of this “war on terror” is. I do know that what we are doing right now is not accomplishing what people are being lead to believe. We are not safer because we are in Iraq right now. We are a little safer because we have killed a lot of Al Qaeda people who are our enemy, but we are far from having the world free from terrorism. As long as there is an Israel, there will be unrest in the Middle East, and the extreme Islamist terrorism will still be alive. Just keep in mind that those are just one of the many kind of terrorist there are, the Islamic Fascist like Bush is calling them now.
Medicine will tell you that treating the cause of illness is more important than fighting the symptoms. If you don’t stop the cause the symptoms are not going to go away on their own. Terrorism is caused by many things like hunger, poverty, oppression, radicalism and ignorance. What should we keep on trying to do then?
I think that bringing freedom to a group of people and stopping terrorism are two different goals. I agree that a free society has a better chance of not being a hot bed for terrorism, but it is not guaranteed. Don’t forget the Unabomber, don’t forget Timothy McVeigh, they had nothing to do with Islam or the Middle East but they were still terrorists.