posted on Nov, 18 2004 @ 06:55 PM
Okay, I personally believe that the "War On Terror" has become the worst governmental blunder since The War On Drugs. You may disagree with me, and
I'm cool with that, so long as you've got a better argument than just "THE USA ROCKS ALL." Sorry Freepers, the USA has shown quite unable to rock
Osama and The Network out of their holes and into a jail cell, just like we were unable to rock Ho Chi Min out of the jungle.
Anyways here's my theory:
Iraq really didn't accomplish anything regarding killing the real enemies of America, but that's been said. I believe that it had horribly hurt
our chance at actually winning the War On Terror.
In case you forgot your Warfare 101 class, a war is pretty well un-winnable unless one side can stem the tide of agression on the other side. In
World War Two we pulled it off by bombing the living hell out of Japan and Germany, blowing away their manufacturing centers.
But it's not like Radical Islam has a factory in Afghanistan pumping out Panzers, if they did we'd have no problem blasting it. Now this puts us in
a simmilar position to Russia in WWII, although for totally different reasons. Russia lacked the air power and force projection to hammer German
production centers, instead they had to smack head to head with the blitz and drain the Reich's manpower resources.
Which is exactly how the United States is now fighting, however there is another important difference: Germany had a statistically smaller base of
manpower to pull on than did the Soviets. While in our time there are many many more potential Islamic Radicals than there are American troops. The
issue then becomes one of how to cut off the flow of incoming recruits to the opposition.
So far, the Americans have worked under a doctorine of "Shock And Awe" there's a term we haven't heard in a while, but it's still being used.
Basically the idea is that the sheer destructive power of the American Military will scare would be radicals into thinking twice. Remember, we have
yet to loose a battle, and anyone who comes against the US War Machine generally gets death by hot metal moving at supersonic speed.
Now this doctorine isn't terrible in every potental war, it would be greatly effective against a limited insurgency within a confined area. However
it's a terrible doctorine in the current war because of three main reasons:
1: We are fighting an adversary that is RADICAL, come on Militant Fundamentalist Christians, you can relate here, what do you do when faced with an
overwhelming foe that you believe is hell bent on destroying your culture and forcing their beliefs down your throat while a gun is against your
throat? That's right kids! You keep fighting, see you and them aren't so different after all!
2: Okay, settling down... Also the area that the Terrorists can draw upon is not limited to Iraq and Afghanistan. There are people willing to fight
the Americans worldwide. And since the majority of them live in the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, there's not going to be a shortage of
potential recruits for a long long time, thanks to some of the youngest average populations on the planet!
3: The Terrorist leadership ain't as dumb as we'd like to think! Just because they live in caves does not mean they don't know what they're
doing. These are people that have a mastery of skills like persuasion, tactics, theology and in many cases America itself. Unlike us they know who
they are fighting. If you ever want to know who Osama would vote for, just look at that video he sent right before the election, If you think he was
leaning towards Kerry, you've obviously never taken a college sociology class.
So think about it: American invades Iraq, hyper-conservative Islamic leadership starts yelling that it just proves that the US wants to destroy em
all. Americans set up a pet government and have it declare martal law, the Radical Islamic terrorists just seem more correct to the population.
Anyone else see a pattern here?
Well, like I said, disagree with me, go for it, dissent is what America was founded upon! Just keep it within the relm of the sane. If all you got is
to call me anti-American or a French Fry, save it, I really don't care what people who refuse to think feel.
Viva La Resistance!