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Date Posted: 12:10:26 10/07/04 Thu
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: the bigger picture
In reply to: Jim St. L. 's message, "Re: Chris and Mike need to see the bigger picture" on 10:40:04 10/07/04 Thu

I also find it objectionable that countries like Germany and France who we saved twice do not participate in supporting our efforts to bring democracy to these countries.

Jim, that's not true. German soldiers are still in Afghanistan - the land where Osama Bin Laden hid among the Taliban and which was the origin from where the attacks were planned, coordinated and terrorists were trained. Saddam Hussein in Iraq was a very evil man, a criminal, a murderer, a horrible dictator, but he had little to do with Al Qaeda, 9/11, and Islamic fundamentalism. Hussein was the leader of the so called Baath party that proclaimed to be a "socialist" party. He was just a power monger with his own ambitions. In fact, Islamic fundamentalists were enemies of Hussein. You should just not mix everything together. The world is much more complex and not black and white.

Again, German soldiers are fighting against Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. German soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan and some already lost their lifes. Though our country had not been attacked, we went to Afghanistan and are still there because we wanted to be on the side of America and freedom after 9/11. We have no purely professional army, but young people are obligated to join the army, currently for 9 months (I had been in the army during the cold war, for 15 months). Currently it is discussed to send even such young soldiers to Afghanistan.

Sometimes you can win a war using brute force. Sometimes more than brute force is needed. I believe this is the case in the war against terrorism. Using brute force against everybody who looks Arabian, you only create more fanatic terrorists. Islamic fundamentalism has much to do with mind control. US needs to develop skills in this realm, it is a psychological warfare. We need to create an atmosphere where terrorism is proscribed in every country and has no support in the population. Currently, I see the opposite happen. It is very easy for the Arabian media to create a negative image of America in these days, to paint them as the enemy.

Please let us continue this discussion on the OT board.

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