Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Okay, quick terminology lesson here because playing word game gotcha is getting out of hand here.
Afghan Militants = Recognized Combatants in *WAR ZONE*. People in war zones get shot and killed without a trial. (Where was Daniel
Pearl's trial, btw? That wasn't even a war zone and some of these same lovely people)
This is why we call them war zones. In Afghanistan there are two clearly defined (when actively fighting anyway) sides to a very real an ongoing WAR.
There are the Western forces represented by NATO and the United States commands and there are the Taliban fighting diligently to retake control of
Afghanistan and return it to a theocracy from some long past century in history. The Taliban are sometimes aided and supported by Al Qaeda but Al
Qaeda is an umbrella term for a world wide franchise and Afghanistan is just one location they're active in.
This "terminology lesson" reflects your wishful thinking, not reality.
When was Afghanistan declared a *WAR ZONE*? Never. Bush labeled the people terrorists. Terrorists are bad people - but what identifies people you can
see only from a helicopter a terrorist? (Maybe the fact of carrying cameras or sticks??)
used the terminology "Innocent until proven guilty DOES apply to all
Now you say, well, it does not apply to what we label "militants". Why? Because if we say they are
militants - then they are
So, in this terminology lesson, you forgot to define the word "militant". Did the US declare "WAR against militants"?
If not, what, in your belief, justifies that, IF
they really are militants, they do NOT have a right to live and we have the right to
kill them without a trial? (Karzai was democratically elected, we are not at war
Daniel Pearl was murdered. Does that justify that we go around and kill whoever we decide?
You described the "very real motivation for the Afghanis to LIE". You implicitly suggest that this gives Americans the licence to kill - and you
ignore the very real motivation for the Americans
"a LITTLE SUPPORT might be the least we can give them" for the KILLERS our government is sending to foreign countries? Sugar-coated enough.
"Al Qaeda is an umbrella term for a world wide franchise and Afghanistan is just one
location they're active in". So Americans can
kill people "world wide", we just need to label them "militants".
"world wide" btw includes the US. Thank you for the lesson.