| 8 Jul 2005 @ 01:24, by Jose Overalles|
Vik Rubenfeld of The Big Picture writes today
about how the terror attacks on London point out
an obvious fact. The current approach is not working.
Sure, there have been successes. We've put out a few
fires, beating back the Taleban, and finally removing
the mass murderer Saddam, but we can see that these are
just small victories in a much larger battle.
What Rubenfeld means by our "current approach" is the
strategy of attacking the terrorists themselves and
considering the societies that spawn them as innocent.
He points out that
"In all previous wars in human history, if a nation’s
civilians were killed in large numbers by those of
another nation, that was considered an act of war,
and the attacked nation surrendered, paid ransom, or
made war back on the attacking nation, including
everybody in it, military or civilian. For example,
in World War II, the Nazis and their allies bombed
civilian cities, and the Allies responded by bombing
He states that although our current strategy is a
noble one, it lets things drag on too long.
To think that these terrorists are existing in a
vaccuum is ludicrous. As one person wrote today in a
blog, can't we question why these terrorists do these
things, without being considered unpatriotic? Well, of
course you can. Your conclusions to those questions may
very well be unpatriotic though, by definition, if you
are going to blame your own countrymen who are fighting
against these murderers and the cowardly acts they commit.
Rubenfeld goes on to state that
"The terrorists are people, after all.
And that’s what people do. They try to do something
that their friends and families, and the civilian
society in which they live, want. You can raise kids
to be good, as usually happens in nations of the
Judeo-Christian tradition, or to be evil, as often
happens in nations which give birth to terrorist
killers of women and children."
So the question remains. Will we be cowed by these
terrorists, like the Spanish and change our governments
at a murderers whim? Will we pay them off by openly belittling
those who stand against them, like the French? Will we
consider it acceptable for our own civilians to be
killed piecemeal, as these bastards slowly gain the
upper hand? Or will we suffer the inevitable outrage
of the left and do what needs to be done now,
making war not only on the terrorist, but the societies
that spawn them, so as to cut our losses in the future, and teach
future generations that as a terrorist, or a society
that supports terrorism, you will never win?
Here is the full article.
What the London Attacks Say About Suitable Responses to Terrorist Actions
Picture above is of Dresden, Germany.