posted on Dec, 19 2007 @ 09:40 PM
reply to post by never_tell
I don't really think you can compare 9/11 to the sinking of the Maine.
First off, the US government didn't sink the Maine. The US government was behind 9/11.
Second, the attack on the Maine wasn't considered terrorism. The term terrorism is used now as a scare tactic. I believe the term used was "an act
Third, 266 people died in the attack on the Maine. Nearly 3,000 died on 9/11. The attack on the Maine didn't change history as much as 9/11 did.
The attack on the Maine led to a four month war. 9/11 led to a never ending quagmire. The entire Spanish-American war killed 3,289; Like I mentioned
before, nearly 3,000 on 9/11 alone. Another 4,000 in the four or five years since.
Fourth, there was a tangible enemy in the Spanish-American War. In the war on terror, how do you defeat an enemy that isn't afraid to die? Some of
them think that if they kill themselves to kill another, they will go to heaven and be greeted by 77 virgins. How do you defeat that sort of
The war on terrorism is not winnable because their is no tangible enemy. You may point to someone in a turban and say, "Him! He's the enemy!' But
that is not so. Not all people that wear turbans are terrorists. This sort of extremism is an idealogy, albeit a warped idealogy, and you cannot
defeat an idealogy. No matter what the president believes.
You may kill someone labeled "the enemy," but there will be three more to take his place.
[edit on 19-12-2007 by jtb2008]