posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 08:20 AM
Witness 9-11 as an horrific example. After the first plane hit something defensive almost instantaneously should have occurred. It did not. The
missile shield as planed is based upon the same provably incorrect infrastructure. This infrastructure includes not only the human element but
likewise the mechanical elements. We had much prior to 9-11 the physical capability to prevent low flying aircraft from entering any major
metropolitan area yet have chosen not to use these devices.
The war on terror seems to be a flaying strap thrashing at any and all real and imagined assailants. As we regress in this war a better approach
would be to understand exactly what, no who, we oppose. After we realize that hatred and poverty are the real world progenitors of those seeking to
destroy us we will be more able to prevent the suffering brought to us by terrorists.
Instead of destabilizing peoples we disagree with with, instead of manipulating economies to suit our short term goals we would be better served to
become what we oft-time proclaim- a good neighbor. Co-development instead of economic colonialism, sharing instead of resource prostitution,
cooperation instead of unilateralism.
This is not to say we should not develop preemptive capabilities to their fullest, in a real world we must. Every place on the planet should know we
will be a friend or a bitter, victorious and unrelenting opponent. All pretense to the contrary should be removed.
Witness the unilateral sanctions we have implemented against Iran- not only do these sanctions not work they have helped create an atmosphere whereby
we have limited our own options. Whether we like the U.N., Europeans or others is not the point. The point is that if we wish to grow in a
relatively peaceful world we need to be a leader of what is possible not the provider of what should be shunned.
We have always been a nation of warriors no matter how much we deny this. These swords need to become plowshares, as warriors we need to become
assistants. Else we will follow the way of all mighty civilizations that strove to greatness and achieved only much misery and their own demise.
We, as a nation, must decide to lead instead of coerce.
Edit: Formatted title for C2004
[edit on 1-10-2004 by ZeddicusZulZorander]