posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 08:22 AM
dg, I just get this with your link:
In answer to the question, I'm not really sure what this war is right now. If it's a War in Iraq, to kill or disband and disperse all 'insurgents'
and have the remaining populace succumb to a centralized government (which is my best guess at the time) then I think it's a possibility to 'win'
it. I say 'win' because I would consider that a subjugation more than a win. With our superior military and weapons, we will probably eventually
(after much more death and destruction) be able to vanquish any obvious sign of 'rebels'.
So, yeah, I think the US and coalition can eventually brute-force any dissenters to either give up or leave. Temporarily
. Once the guard is
down or we leave Iraq, the 'insurgents' (of whatever ilk) will arise and an internal war will take place. I'm almost sure that will happen
regardless of the outcome of this 'war'.
If, OTOH, this is the beginning of some kind of War against Extremism or Terrorism instead of a war with a nation, then my answer is a definite no. I
don't think we'll ever wipe out terrorism or extremism. In fact, I think what we're doing is worsening it.
If we took a completely different tack and looked at the big picture of extremism and evaluated why these groups form and what we could do (aside from
brute force) to stop it, then there may be a chance of lessening terrorism and it's effects in the world, but I have very little hope that this
government or any government is willing to look beyond the 'track 'em down, shoot 'em up' mindset that is so ingrained in our culture today.