Originally posted by midwinter
Well, that's the point, isn't it? Terrorism is a tactic, and, even worse, operates more or less independently of state-funding, which is what the Bush admin and their supported don't seem to get. Certainly there are issues of funding, but the fundamental issue for those of us on the other side of it (and those of us in London right now) is simply this: shooting at terrorists makes more terrorists, not fewer.
No, but killing them makes for fewer.
These are not people that can be reasoned with. That is the part that many keep skipidy-skipping bye. They don't want to live in peace with you, they want you dead. They don't want to have tea and crumpets with you at Starbucks, they want you dead. They don't want to stand next to you at a soccer game as your kids play a lively round together, they want to watch their kids kill yours. They don't want to have a friendly game of bridge after work, they want to dangle your charred body from a bridge. They don't want the "infidels" out of Iraq so that they can live in peace with their muslim neighbors, they want to rule the region with terror and brutality.
They have declared war on all civilized nations, we can't just pretend there is no war. War typically means that one side will try to kill more people on the other-side than can be bared, thus a victory. That is obviously their objective. It would seem some would grant a victory without even lifting a finger. What is far worse is they are targeting not military, but civilians that can't defend themselves. And yes, they will take money to support their cause from whomever is willing to give, wether pretenses are true or not.
They refers to fanatic radical muslims and their supporters and not the vast majority of muslims, just to be clear.