<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I do feel lucky that I have no direct experience of terrorist attack.The point being that if the attack on the WTC and Pentagon was meant to de-stablise the US, it failed miserably.Originally posted by LED-FX:
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> but have your family butchered in a terrorist attack and then tell me how outraged you are at politics and the economic damage going on.
I'm not saying that to be mean to Adam or anyone else, but it's a little hard to understand sometimes unless you are in the thick of it.
I'm talking about fighting and defeating pure naked aggression and evil. Politics and economics are thrown into it as an excuse or to cloud the real issue. If you don't think that these people are evil and wouldn't hesitate to kill you (no matter where you are from) to get what they want, then I am truly saddened
Instead weevils chewing away at the fabric of trust that uderpins the world economy have done much more damage with more effect on peoples lifes, investors are scared to invest, and without investment companies cannot grow and create employment.
But perhaps in Europe terrorism has a longer history and the `new type of war` that America refers to it as, is not so new.
Part of the UK is Northern Ireland, taking no position on either side of wether it should be a Republic or not, or Catholic or Protestant or whatever.The fact remains that for 30 years a `war` of terrorism was fought there and on the UK mainland, over 3000 people died in this `war`.Most of them were completely innocent people from all sides of the divides.
Its not a `war` that`s fought on a conventional battle field, its a war in shopping centres , crowded railway stations and just in the streets.Having a massive military presence offers no advantage, sophisticated weapons are no help against an enemy who simply needs suprise and the crudest of improvised devices.
Fanatics are driven by the unquestioning feeling that they are right and simply look on any retaliation as further proof that they are right.
Removing the figurehead is no guarantee of an end, the evil that underpins it will simply mean a new figurehead rises to fill the vacuum left by what the fanatics will view as a martyr.
Adam</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Well Said!
As far as northern Island goes I think that a lot of the world has seen it as a domestic problem, and don't realise that it is something that is/was going on between sections of two countries
Cutter, as far as terrorism goes, America is one of the few parts of the world that until last year has never had the problem, in the 80's the UK had many incidents, that occurred in many cities, so in reference to the post quoted above we have probably been as DIRECTLY affected by terrorism as you. Obviously I don't know you, and if you did know someone personally that lost their life on 9/11, then I apologise. This isn't intended to start a large scale flame fest, I'm just trying to point out that people living in the UK and Ireland, and many other parts of the world, have had the same issues with terrorism that you fine people of America are having now, and it's a *****.
In "Under Siege" Densil Washington has a very good line about terrorism, it includes something about hiding in the shadows, sadly that is what these people do, and it is usually innocent people that loose their life to these cowards. As far as I'm concerned anyone that plants a bomb to kill innocent people isn't even worth a bullet, but I would like to see them get one.
As far as Iraq goes, if I remember correctly, according to the laws of war you are not allowed to remove the head of state/leader of the country, and I think this is the bit that is causing issues, personally I would like to see Sadam's head on a stick, along with Bin Laden's.
(I'm damned sure some of the names are spelled incorrectly)