We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are at war. We have been at war for 30 years. If the netroots want to parse the definition of war or even try and pretend that this is not so, it hardly matters. Radical Islamists believe they are at war with us. They believed it before there were netroots, before there was an internet. And they will continue to believe it no matter who is president, no matter what foreign policy we espouse, and no matter what their apologists and appeasers here and abroad would have you believe.
This then, is The Long War – a struggle against an ideology that threatens more than our complacency, more than our sense of security, and more than the illusions we have of our invincibility. It is a war against the secular, nebulous, undefinable freedoms we enjoy in the west versus the dogmatic holy writ of the Koran and those who warp and twist its teachings for their own murderous ends.
How big a threat is the global jihad being waged against the United States and the west? I agree with the left that the threat should be kept in perspective. I do not agree with the left when they attempt to minimize it.
“Bin Laden being in the mountains of Pakistan or Afghanistan is not as important as there are probably al-Qaida operatives inside the United States of America,” Thompson said.
Bin Laden is considered the man behind the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The former Tennessee senator and actor argued that “bin Laden is more symbolism than anything else. I think it demonstrates to people once again that we’re in a global war.”
Thompson said the al-Qaida leader and the Iraq war must be seen as part of the larger war on terrorism.
“It’s one that bin Laden and people like him are heading up and we need to catch him and we surely need to deal with him, but if he disappeared tomorrow we still have this problem. If Iraq disappeared tomorrow, we’d still have this problem,” Thompson said.
That is something I have been trying to point out for a long time: islamic terrorism is just one form of terrorism and they are ALL a danger to us. It wasn't OBL or Nasrallah that put a hit out on President Clinton: that was FARC.
We have had Ambassadors shot at and some few killed by non-muslim groups. Ditto active servicemen. Government representatives... there is a huge list of groups that have wantonly and brazenly attacked US citizens overseas with bombs, automatic weapons, firebombs, and other such warlike activities that no one seems to want to mention.
Then the question of 'how do you counter it?' comes up, time and again.
Ok, I've read on this to a fare-the-well and have gone back to such things as Blackstone's Commentaries, the Black Book of the Admiralty and Vattel's The Law of Nations and I can and do know exactly what can be done with them. I can describe the activities, define them, tell you exactly what they violate, and how to use that outlook to go after them.
I've put two rather longish posts together on the topic, the first pretty direct and the second a longer rant.
First the basics of terrorism and, yes, piracy: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/08/what-is-necessary-to-find-terrorists-to.html
Then the rant which wanders all over the map from Josephus to Lincoln to the use of paratroops against bandits: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/08/piracy-terrorism-and-wider-view.html
Contained in the first is this little gem, in case you really and for true, want to know what to do with 'unlawful enemy combatants' in Guantanamo: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/08/whatever-did-happen-to-clarity.html
Finally, looking at the lethality of terrorism as it increases over time. All three major forms do - the Left/Communist, the Nationalist/Separatist, and the religious extremist which is, basically, Islamic: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/09/terrorism-and-its-increasing-lethality.html
Apparently no one else wants to do this research on this planet. I've given a good hard shot, and I don't particularly think much of the modern world, its strange views on 'terrorism' and our absolute inability to call things as they are. This is a form of societal suicide. We had best unlearn some of the 20th century so we can call predators for what they are, before we turn into prey.