Originally posted by southside grabowski
All the more reason to inactivate them.
Now they've got a real problem: a stand off will be seen as a Hezbollah win, and all that entails for how Israel is perceived by the world, but to decisively "defeat" what is a dispersed and entrenched enemy would require even more widespread destruction of Lebanon, if not basically leveling the entire country.
Except in your scenario substitute "leveling large chunks of the planet".
What is it about the blood crazed-right that makes them think that calling for ever widening swaths of slaughter makes them appear tough minded and realistic (with the inevitable corollary that everyone disagreeing is weak and appeasement minded)?
How much of the world will have to be redecorated in flames and rubble before you come around to the realization that invasions and incursions and bombing campaigns and blithely dismissed "collateral damage" and endless expansions of the list of those who deserve to die (terrorist, abetter of terrorist, friend of terrorist, neighbor of terrorist, country mate of terrorist....) represent a really shitty, short sighted, and unworkable
response to terrorism? It's about pragmatism
for fuck's sake. It's about actually doing things that reduce, rather than increase, the likelihood of a terror attack, but apparently ya'll can't get past your mighty warrior hard-ons long enough to even think about what is or is not being achieved.
It's not like we lack for object lessons in the limits of "overwhelming firepower" and a willingness to "take the gloves off" when it comes to striking back at insurgencies, quasi-governmental groups, militias, loosely affiliated terror groups and the like, but somehow the right can never get past screaming for ever greater levels of indiscriminate killing.
Somehow we went from being attacked by al Qaeda and bin Laden and going after them, specifically, to a world where the "global war on terror" means fighting all kinds of disparate groups directly and by proxy.
And are there fewer terrorists now? Who fucking cares, let's invade another country and "teach them a lesson". Wheeeeee!
Post edited by Powerdoc : removed some words who did not bring anything more to the discussion.
Next time it will be a free holiday session.