Just some basic thoughts to throw out. For anyone who has been reading the board for any length of time now it should be evident that I support the war in Iraq.
I think that we did the right thing and I am happy that we did it. I am not going to run off and provide all of the reasons that I think we did the right thing. I’ll say that I am disappointed in how some things have been handled and that I think that we have fumbled the ball several times.
And I also want to add that I do not buy the argument that by going in we created an environment in which millions of people are going to crawl out of bed and become terrorists.
I think that it will create new terrorists and that this will be a good recruitment tool for AQ and friends. But I think that many of those people are predisposed to this behavior and not likely to have been friendly towards us to begin with.
There are lots of ways to disagree with people/politics and most ways do not involve violence. I don’t think that everyone is capable of launching murderous attacks even if they support the idea.
That being said, I believe that there are a number of things that are happening now including a polarization of sides that is being pushed by members of the fringes so to speak.
I think that there are many people who want this to become a case of Muslims versus the rest of the world and that they will continue to perform outrageous acts to fuel this desire.
What we are seeing and reading about now are more and more calls for revenge. People want blood and are calling out for action. I happen to believe that overwhelming force is going to be needed to bring the terrorists down and to force a position in which they have to use political means and not violence to negotiate their terms.
That being said I wanted to mention that I came across a site called Ogrish. It made me sad, it is “chock” full of barbaric videos of violence from the war and other places. I think that part of what made me sad is that I watched pieces of some of the videos. It was like a trainwreck, I had to force myself to stop watching.
I have seen some very bloody things in person and they were not nice, but it wasn’t nice to see it on the computer either. And I couldn’t help but think of the parents of these victims and how they have to face this terrible reality for the rest of their lives. It is a terrible weight.
And I think that part of what makes me sad is just my belief that the way to peace is going to require so much more bloodshed. Such a terrible contradiction, so wrong, but sometimes so necessary.
Life really is absurd sometimes.