I appreciate your sincere and respectful attitude towards what some around here may consider to be my "pro-war" stance on this issue. With the
exception of a small minority, I think most people would be hard pressed to find someone who was actually for war rather than the objective of the
Moving on, I'd like to take a minute to examine the question(s) posed in your last post.
Originally posted by lombozo
Do you believe that the allied presence is, and or will make a difference in a positive manner?
I do. You have made the case that our troops stationed here could never truly win because of the insurmountable task of resolving a thousand year old
religous conflict, and on that point alone, I could agree with you. I'd ask of you though if you really believe that to be our ultimate goal there.
I'd argue that our real objective is not to solve the religous differences between the waring factions, but simply to bring peace to the innocent
civilians in the area. I'm sure you could make the case that these two are connected, and perhaps even inseparable, but I do not.
I think if we assert ourselves fully, and make it known that we will not tolerate any more innocent bloodshed, that we can stem the violence. I don't
believe at this point, with the exception of the initial time period following the surge, that we have done so. The enemy in that area still believes
that they can outlast us and defeat us. By pulling our troops out, we only stand to prove them right, which will in turn embolden our enemies
elsewhere in the world.
Do you believe that our presence is stopping slaughter, or adding to it?
In a lot of cases I would almost agree with you, that perhaps our presence at this point is not helping at all. Again though, I would point back to my
previous assertion that this is due to our lack of aggressiveness lately in rooting out the enemy.
I believe the general feeling amongst our enemies is that if they can simply hang on long enough, we will give up. Sadly our military seems to have
been on a simple stand and hold approach for a while now. We have taken our foot off the gas so to speak and have allowed groups to reform and make
I truly believe we could end this war successfully with one big "we're sick of this" campaign.