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Originally posted by Frith
The terror attacks on September 11, 2001 was a foreign civilian criminal act. If all the information given to the public on the events were true, then there is still a vast majority of non-violent muslim civilians that exist.
all true and i agree,but as i said in my original post i was against invading iraq to start with.
The genie is now out of the bottle and there is growing muslim/arab resentment
against the west which is not going to go away?
As for countries being un involved,i supposed Iran,Saudia arabia etc never turn a blind eye to their extremists and pursue them as best they can?
saudi arabia are making an attemp now, mainly because the rulers themselves may be over thrown by muslim fanatics not because they want to save the west?
Pacification and sticking your head in the sand doesnt work.
Oil is why the west cares what happens in the middle east if there was no oil the west couldnt care less, so unless the oil runs out ,or some new technology comes along, this problem isnt going to go away.
The U.S. is now involved in two guerilla warfare scenarios in a situation that now is well over 100 days longer than the war in which it is most commonly attempted to be compared to: World War II.
Originally posted by Rasputin13
Sounds like fuzzy math to me! Sure, the current "war on terror" may be longer than the US involvement in WWII, but not longer than WWII itself. WWII started years before the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor.
Furthermore, I don't know who it is that is comparing the War on Terror to World War II. They are two completely different types of war, against completely different enemies. In WWII, our enemies were clearly defined, not only by their uniforms but by their borders as well. Today we face an enemy who chooses to blend in with the civilian population, and use our freedom against us. But the significance of these two wars is not all that different. They are both monumental struggles of Freedom vs. Terror, and Good vs. Evil. Not a single one of our elected officials, at least to the best of my knowledge, ever said this would be a "quick" war. President Bush told us from the outset that this would be a long, hard battle. This battle against extremism, radical Islamic fundamentalism, totalitarianism, and so on could continue as long as both of us are on this planet. I certainly hope victory comes long before such a time, but we must be realistic. We're not only fighting armed men, we're fighting a twisted and evil ideology. Not every battle will be fought with bullets and bombs. Some will be fought financially, politically, diplomatically, and so on.