a reply to: Hefficide
While I understand what you are saying, and support and agree (I, for one, am 60 and have more experience with the Arab conflict and the Cold War than
most here...but probably not any the wiser for it) with much, and disagree with a few points.
I agree with your questions regarding why are we still "allied" with the Saudis?
It is my opinion, and has been for some time, that the extremists war on the west is being waged on behalf of Arab oil shieks, supported by the same.
Consider this: If one is an Arab country, or the amalgamation of all of them, would a serious attack on the US amount to suicide? Oh heck yeah.
Now...toss in the rest of the west (UK, France, the EU in general) and how suicidal would that be?
So...assuming they want to wage war on us, what better way than by proxie? What better way than to let us fund their war on us by selling us oil and
then using a portion of the procedes to wage a low-tech war on the west?
Had I have been Prez when 9/11 happened, I would not have responded with physical attacks (at least, not as a knee jerk reaction) I would have sent
Colin Powell to the Middle East, visiting each and every country.
I would have sent a simple message: If you wish to remain alive, as leaders...if you wish to still have a country that is not an irradiated cesspool,
you will clean up the extremism in your own back yard. Do this, or the next attack on America of any kind will result in certain exterminations.
Whether nuclear, whether by carpet bombing or by well placed munitions, we will accomplish your demise and perhaps the demise of your people as well.
We will not tolerate this crap... period.
You fight fire with fire. We should be killing off the leaders of the countries, the leaders of extremism and anyone who even sticks their heads up in
the air with well placed surgical strikes whether by missile, by black op, by Seal Team strikes or wipe out a whole city by using a number of MOABs.
Our problem, as a nation, as a society with regards to armed conflict is we refuse to finish the fight....we are, perhaps, too civilized to conduct
anything but police actions anymore. It's like the boxer that cannot close the deal, so to speak. In order to win a conflict, one must utterly defeat
the enemy. Utterly....leave no hope in armed insurrection. Leave no hope of any kind except that of if I keep my head down and behave I and my family
Every modern conflict we have been involved in since mid 20th century we have failed to do just that. We never finish the job....we pull that final
punch and we do not lay into the first as hard as we should.
Yeah...I know. I am a barbarian.
I prefer to state it this way: I will not get involved in meaningless conflicts. If I do have to go to war, I will conduct war on the scale and
intensity that shall guarantee a swift and final victory. Nothing less is acceptable.
I would make "shock and awe" look like child's play.
I was once told a tale by a Syrian. The leader was, I believe, the current leader's father. There was this city that was attempting to revolt. He
circled the city with his tanks and artillery and bombarded it until there was nothing left standing, nothing left alive. Then he sent in bulldozers
and flattened what was left, then paved the whole area of the city. One super large parking lot, so to speak.
Then he had busses bus in people from other cities with the message: This is what will happen to your city should you choose to revolt.
You have to admit...such measures are effective. Brutal but effective. I would prefer not to resort to such brutalism, but if I had to go to war, then
it is only logical to end it quickly and utterly defeat
the enemy in such a way that you remove all desire to continue the conflict.
edit on 10-1-2015 by bbracken677 because: (no reason given)