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Is the "War on Terror" destined..(12 posts)

Is the "War on Terror" destined..bboc
Aug 22, 2003 10:01 AM
to become a mirror of the Isreal/Palsitinian conflict in that it will degenerate into an eye for an eye slugfest with the Islamic world?

Or

Is it going to become more like the unwinnable, endless, "War on Drugs" since it will never address the root cause?

Or Both?

Or something else?
The war on terror started out reasonably...PdxMark
Aug 22, 2003 1:14 PM
focused on those who attacked us, and the Taliban government that was defending them.

With the Attack on Iraq, the war on terror quickly morphed into a canned excuse to justify any war that GW BuSh choses to launch - regardless of (actually independent of) the level of terrorist threat against the US. With the standard of threat now so low, the War on Terror amounts to open season on anyone GW BuSh and his neocon imperialists think ought to be smacked for any reason they can conjure. The War on Terror now lacks even the minimal focus of the War on Drugs.

One thankful aspect of being bogged down in Iraq. Without the UN to bail him out of Iraq, GW BuSh doesn't have the military resources to launch another War of Imagination without leaving the US virtually defenseless.
You forgot the "War on Pornography",Ace Rimmer
Aug 22, 2003 6:28 PM
The "War on Tobacco", "War on Poverty", "War on Raceism" "War on illiteracy". It seems poloticians like the "War on ________" phrase.
What's the root cause Einstein? Maybe you can solve the WorldsLive Steam
Aug 23, 2003 8:18 PM
problems!
Root cause = Economic oppressionOldEdScott
Aug 24, 2003 4:18 PM
Since you asked. :0)

Not sure I got that emoticon right.
Who in the world are we economically oppressing?Live Steam
Aug 24, 2003 6:21 PM
the Taliban? Saddam? Crown Prince Abdullah? This is a joke right? We are keeping the little people down in the Middle East? Have another swig!
Steam, your reflex instinct is to punch me in the schnozzOldEdScott
Aug 25, 2003 4:42 AM
whenever I mildly utter one of my moderate/centrist opinions, which I swear I don't understand since I thought we were buds.

Listen UP, and don't swing until you READ and DIGEST what I say here: The great masses of people in the Muslim world are indeed economically oppressed, by corrupt governments and ruling elites (obviously that's putting it simplistically). Leads to tremendous bitterness and frustration, which is cleverly channeled toward US instead of those responsible.

Never said WE were oppressing them.

Jesus CHRIST. Maybe YOU should have a snort.
You're right!Live Steam
Aug 25, 2003 8:53 AM
I apologize for my snappy response. Your response was somewhat veiled and did not state what you stated here. Why would that be? Considering the tone of the day, it seemed that your post was aimed at laying the blame squarely at this country.

This is what happens when I don't get enough miles in. Maybe I'll have a drink with lunch :O)
perhaps he wished you to think for a changerufus
Aug 25, 2003 12:50 PM
and nor produce a knee-jerk right wing reaction.
I don't thinks so...Dwayne Barry
Aug 25, 2003 4:24 AM
ultimately the root cause of terrorism (or at least the kind concerning the US) is that the fundamental principles of western democracy/capitalism are at odds with those of conservative islam. It's hard to see how that is going to change, but no doubt if people have it good they are much less likely to be willing to die for a cause!
We are the root causeStarliner
Aug 25, 2003 9:17 AM
Read this and think about it as you go shaking your red white & blue pom-poms around.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/08/24/RV149175.DTL
And here is what results from our stupid political gambitsStarliner
Aug 25, 2003 9:28 AM
Oh, the horror of it all...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/08/24/RV299712.DTL