Who likes terrorism? No sane person. Flag explains it (not to say he defends or portrays it positively) as being the natural order of a small opponent fighting a much bigger one. Ex.“This is today the modus operandi in the Arab world. The weaker you are, the stronger you are. If you don’t have weapons and exposed hands, you are the most powerful. The ones who shoot are illegitimate and are weaker than you. ”(1) I think peaceful protests can be a game changer, but don’t think it’s an end all. Israel has borders they defend against invasion. That is not limited to armed invaders. But the armed attackers seem more prevalent. And what about us? The USA is taking a more active role in defending our borders.
When a smaller opponent wants to attack a larger opponent, surprise can have a tremendous effect on achieving success. Have you ever been sucker punched? Hit without warning, a fist to the stomach, robbing you of breath and the ability to defend yourself? How did Bush do after 9/11? An unprecedented attack on primarily civilian targets, which we never thought to defend against. But we were not brought to our knees. We are the 800 pound gorilla in the room. He had the ability to turn any third world real estate into glass parking lots. But he acted with some restraint. He declared a war on terror. He avoided muddling the issue with the religious implications. Muslims worldwide were in the streets celebrating, cheering, laughing while people in the towers were still dying. There are things Bush did where I think he failed us and himself. But his reaction to 9/11 is defining. I think history will show his actions, his presidency, was one of those rare moments of the right person at the right time, when they rise above the crisis and act with courage and integrity.
George Bush should and will be remembered as one of our greatest presidents. (Charlie, this is where you need to take a chill pill, hit the gym, whatever. I did not write this to make your head spin. I think this is true, and am about to provide the reasons)
First the slow, boring process of building a case. Terrorism is not new, could even be the, what fifth or sixth oldest profession? You can probably find examples of it in nearly every conflict, ancient or modern. The knights had a code of honor, maybe to show they were not like the more common opponent, who would go after your wife or kids instead of mano-e-mano? Humans either could not or would not figure out a way to get along without conflict, so they agreed to a code of honor, or a code of conflict. And it helped some.
9/11, like Pearl Harbor, was a violation of the acceptable, honorable way to wage war. So why did we declare war on Afghanistan, who had not attacked us? Wait! First I want to blame this all on Bill Clinton. Or at least his security adviser, Anthony Lake.
The term rogue state is indicative of a new security strategy in the United States. Following the end of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy was no longer concerned with the containment of another
superpower through “Mutual Assured Destruction”, but with the emerging threats posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in developing countries. The new security strategy was mainly developed and presented under the authority of Clinton’s former security Adviser Anthony Lake.(2)
So Anthony Lake coined the phrase “Rouge State”. Could that term ever be used to describe a country that allows a large, armed group to recruit, train, plan and even attack other countries from their soil? But Bush did not declare war on Afghanistan. He asked for and received congressional approval to conduct military operation there, but the war was on terrorism. And now OBL was found in Pakistan. Where would we be if he had only sought a war on Afghanistan and then Iraq? Might be a better world, but with where OBL was hiding and operating, I think Bush had a better ideal of what was going on, and how to fight it. Regan dealt with Libya and their terrorist training camps by bombing. A strong message, but the camps were not closed then. As I recall, they didn’t close until Bush II took a hard stand on terrorism and it’s supporters, and then announced targets. Shortly afterward, no more training camps or nuclear program in peace-loving Libya, come visit, see all the sights, nothing to hide. Walk softly and carry a big stick is useless if you are unwilling to ever use it!
Iraq was a mistake in that it was framed around the WMD issue. I think if China, France and Russia had not blocked us in the UN, most likely because of their corrupt involvement in the food-for-oil program that war could have been avoided. Saddam also could have dodged the bullet if he had allowed UN inspectors. Much of the world has an image of the USA as being unwilling to commit ourselves to a long, drawn out struggle. Our open condemnation of death and killing is foreign to many people who have a different measure of the value of human life. Terrorists in Iraq were happy to blow up dozens of their own people in a market, if it hurt or killed one American or our ally. Bush challenged that perception and has shown the world again that America still has the will to see a fight thru til the end. So was Iraq a mistake? NO!
Bush made plenty of mistakes, but on Iraq, he was right. We had already invaded Afghanistan, but they were/are a poor country without the resources that compare to other terrorism sponsors. Taking on a hostile, defiant opponent of enough stature was also a message to the rest of the world, sponsor terrorist attacks on the USA and we will destroy you. Iran, N. Korea, “Axis of Evil” was not an idle comment. The United States became the world’s leader in the fight against terrorism. Although many did not join us or agree with our invasions of Afghanistan or Iraq, they too are in the same fight.
We pay attention to bombings in Spain and the UK. They are “Western” countries being attacked by extremist Muslim Immigrants. Russia has some very violent terrorist attacks, Domodedovo airport left at least 35 dead, March 29, 2010, two suicide bomber women blew themselves up at two stations of the Moscow Metro(Lubyanka and Park Kultury). At least 40 people were killed, and more than 100 injured.(3)(4) Some of the attacks in Russia may be from people seeking to overthrow an oppressive rule that shows little change from the old USSR. The Beslan school tragedy saw 331 people die, including 186 children. The terrorists sought to force Russia to withdraw troops from the Chechen Republic. Russia has five predominantly Muslim republics within one district. They are separated by armed borders, different ethnic groups, and even different languages. Add to that mix, different views of Islam. Is all their unrest really just people seeking better living conditions than they experience under Moscow’s thumb? Maybe. But how many Arab nations are seeing unrest and bloodshed today? Russia and the USA seem an unlikely common denominator.
Any way you look at it, Muslim extremists are the one thing that stands out. Some are people seeking escape from a Muslim extremists government. Some are Muslim extremists seeking to overthrow a government. Why isn’t there an Arab Martin Luther King? If there was in Saudi Arabia, he was arrested. In Iran and Syria, he was shot, along with his family. According to Islam, Allah’s word is law, and it shall be the law of the land. When they kill protesters, it is legal, moral, and something to be praised for, for defending the way….. Very hard for we Westerners to grasp, killing someone who disagrees is cause for celebration.
So how goes the “War on Terror?” There seem to be daily attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq on both the US and whatever passes for government. Bombings at marketplaces and other purely civilian attacks are still frequent. And then there’s Libya, where some wonder just who the rebels are other than they oppose Gaddafi. Does that make them our “friends?”
Al-Qaida Confirms Involvement in Libya
The American media are reluctant to report what the French media have made clear: al-Qaeda has established a beachhead in Libya and fully intends to install Sharia law once government forces are overcome.
You have declared us your greatest enemy, but you are not ours. In fact, you are an unworthy adversary. America’s greatest enemy is itself. America’s greatest enemy is the complacency that we tend to have because we have it so good here. But you woke this sleeping giant on 9/11 and reinvigorated generations of Americans to answer the call in any and every way they could. Thanks to you, an increased percentage of my generation has voluntarily served in the greatest military to ever exist. Meanwhile in your countries, young boys are forced to fight, impressed into service after being snatched from their villages. The young women whom you deny education and personal freedoms through Islamic Sharia law throughout most of the Middle East continue to serve America honorably and excellently throughout the ranks of our military. The same women you would cover from head to toe before they step out of the prisons they call their homes, proudly tan on our wonderful beaches wearing bikinis and patriotic tattoos, a symbol of their love and dedication to this wonderful country and their brothers and sisters who protect it. Those such as I who have served honorably in our military, are now pursuing college degrees or personal goals with the same tenacity they displayed on the battlefields of your God-forsaken land. We often hold more life experience than our bosses in the boardroom, and with our knowledge and life skills we are more prepared and determined than ever to enter our capitalist system and further America’s economic dominance, and your economic inferiority.And there is still more I would like to thank you for, Islamic extremists. You cannot break the will of this country, or that of its people, and while you won’t stop trying, you will only succeed in making us stronger. With every sand-lot plot of yours we foil, every amateur video you shoot with our thrown-away camcorders spouting your anti-American propaganda, millions of Americans are taking it personally, and doing something about it. You have given us something to fight for together. You’ve taken selfish, lazy youth like me and turned them into great Americans, great people who are physically and mentally equipped to deal with anything you throw at us. With the constant threat of your cowardly attacks the people of my country are ever diligent to protect each other and the morals that bind us together. Without you and your actions in the past, present, and future, I promise you our focus would not be so clear as we set our sights on you.Though you’ve had success in breaking the hearts of families across this country whose loved ones have died as a result of your terrorist attacks, or in protecting the innocent from you, it only hardens the souls of those who surround them. Your small victories provide far more powerful motivation to the caring communities of the American people. Their loss is a nation’s collective gain, and that loss will not be in vain. In time, even the families of our fallen heroes will be stronger because of your actions, and they, too, will unite against you. You have provided an example, for all of mankind, of what not to do, of how not to live. The natural will of all men is to be free, to be free to interact with whomever they want, think what they want, and say what they may. Your suppression of free thought and expression has largely kept your side of the world in the dark ages, and shown the rest of the world how important it is to educate and encourage individualism.I thank you for showing me your disgusting, degenerate, and devolutionary hate for us. It has made me realize how beautiful, gratifying, and important is love for thy fellow man. Everything you stand for is wicked, and everything you fight against is true. The very principles you dedicate every waking hour to destroy are made 1,000 times stronger for each attempted pass you make at them. Your closed-mindedness has opened the minds of all mankind, and long after you are gone, dwelling in my God’s basement for eternity, good men such as I will prosper. Through your weakness, you have made The United States of America stronger, and I will be forever thankful.(7)-Andrew Kirkland, Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, October 2003 – October 2007