The West is doing the right thing.
We need more WAAAUGH! We need to bomb more! Boots on the ground!
The West needs to change their foreign policy. Stop meddling in other countries.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
It seems "other" got so many votes, because it's a complicated situation that we exacerbated, with our trying to democratize the Muslim region of the ME to change their extremist zealotism. You can't fight ideas by coining the phrasing incorrectly from the beginning. I, basically, only respond to someone who doesn't like my ideals or attitude, by ignoring them and only reacting when necessary. But, I've never fought to lose or break even, which is partially what we're doing with our military.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
- There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
- Idealistically, everything should work as you planed it to. Realistically, it depends on how idealistic you are as to the measure of success.
- Better to be a pessimist before, and an optimist afterwords.
The point I'm trying to make is that terrorism can become a respected profession in some cultural contexts (the Sons of Liberty were terrorists against the British Empire who went on to become the Founders of the American Republic), in some ways as easy a segue way into politics as joining the Army or the Peace Corps or the diplomatic service. The sort of agitation it produces in many communities in the developing world is no different than the sort of agitation that Congress causes ordinary Americans. Terrorists do things that annoy local populations, but they also do things that population can respect, or at least understand. That was broadly the feeling of the majority of the Irish toward the IRA during the years its operations, or the feelings of Americans toward the Sons of Liberty.
Point is, terrorism is cultural in many societies. Once something is cultural, it is here to stay.
Last edited by Morality Games; 09-28-14 at 01:36 AM.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
Terrorism is a result of the radicalism of a society.
Educating that society towards moderate world views is the only way to eradicate terrorism.
That cannot happen on the short run, only on the long run, and in the case of the Islamic societies that breed those terrorists in modern days it's not going to happen anytime soon if anytime at all.
That being said the current solution to terrorism must be force and force alone, massive use of force that will kill them faster than they recruit new idiots for their barbaric organizations. As simple as that.
Listening to their silly claims about why they engage in terrorism and believing that if the West fulfills those claims they'll leave their ways and stop murdering people is insane - they aren't rational, their causes and claims aren't rational, their ultimate final goal isn't one you can simply accept and compromise with. They cannot be reasoned with. They can only be locked in prison cells or eliminated from the face of earth.
There are too many terror apologists on this thread who believe that those people we're dealing with are rational, ordinary human beings.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
We will end the "War on Terror" the same way that we will end the wars on drugs and poverty- by reducing them to the point where they no longer pose a threat to the existence of humanity.
This will never happen as fast as the right-wing in the USA would like to see it happen.