I'm still not sure that invading Iraq was the most correct decision.I think focus on Al-Q, and maintaining the hunt for Bin Laden would far outweigh what we've done in Iraq (at least in the near term...
I maintain, however, that this fight against militant Islam is as simple as good vs. Vanya, Re the Barbary pirates, when Jefferson inquired of his European hosts how they dealt with their piracy problem. We've just now begun to pay attention and fight back.
He was stunned to find out that France and England both paid tribute to them. The pirates would then use the money to expand their own armada, buy more weaponry, hijack more commercial ships, enslave more innocent civilians and demand greater ransom. Or in your estimation, considering you don't give any suggestions so to deny your position, should we just pretend people don't want to ruin our way of life, by means of flying planes into building or heaven forbid acquiring nuclear weapons from a rogue state?
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I wasn't going to link this article by Christopher Hitchens, as much as I love the man, because I think he paints with (a bit) too wide a brush this time around.
There are wars, and there are battles for civilization. If everyone on the left and right had a little more perspective maybe there would be more understanding.
Hitchens' article is specious nonsense, designed purely to accomplish the self serving and self-evidently impossible task of reconciling his previous beliefs with those he currently professes (because he is constitutionally incapable of renouncing any position he has previously held). S.: now more firmly in the control of people who believe that they have the right to impose their religious beliefs on others.Would anyone today argue who was on the good and evil side of WWII?Ask the South Vietnamese, you know the same people who are still starving to death after years of communist rule, who was on the good side of the fight?The demolition of the Taliban, the huge damage inflicted on the al-Qaida network, and the confrontation with theocratic saboteurs in Iraq represent huge advances for the non-fundamentalist forces in many countries.The "antiwar" faction even recognizes this achievement, if only indirectly, by complaining about the way in which it has infuriated the Islamic religious extremists around the world. I certianly think that the PLO is much more driven by the desire for the Palastinian state, than simply Islamic religious dogma.But does it accept the apparent corollary—that we should have been pursuing a policy to which the fanatics had no objection? One cannot one the one hand decry the dogma of Christianity and on the other hand excuse the dogma of Islam. Terrorists and Insurgents have been around for literally centuries.