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Bush's War Against Terrorism  
User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 858 times:

I know some people will not like this question, so I apologise for any offence it may cause.

President Bush has declared war on global terrorism in the wake of last Tuesday's events. Indeed, Colin Powell has stated how once they get the people who destroyed the WTC, they will move on to the next group who is responsible for terrorism. Indeed, this and all such efforts will be a joint attack with the forces of NATO.

So, my question is as follows. As a UK resident, I have seen numerous UK citizens murdered or injured and mass destruction caused by the IRA, including the time when the PM was almost killed by an IRA bomb. Seeing as all IRA attacks have been part funded by US citizens (not ALL US citizens I hasten to add!), I would like to know what action President Bush will be taking against these supporters of terrorism.

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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 841 times:

Nothing. That "war on terrorism" is a hypocritical thing: They will only fight that bit of terrorism which they fear might ever be turned against the USA....

In other words, while they will go chasing after militant extremist Muslims, they'll ignore every other group.

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Yeah, that's what I can't help but think.

User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 835 times:

Forgive my cynicism, but that's exactly what I think, too.
What about ETA? Will they be next on the list? I doubt it.
This is the reason why I'm not entirely comfortable with our country's unequivocal support of the US. As America's closest ally, we should help where we can but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect the same in return.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 832 times:

You should have watched the news more closely.
The FBI and other US agencies have been told in no certain terms to keep better track of foreign fundraising in the USA.
The IRA does indeed raise funds in the USA, but mostly it is disguised as legitimate efforts (helping victims of violence, etc.). It is the same as all the help for the famine victims in Ethiopia in the 1980s, when most of the donated goods and money did not go to help the population at all but were used by the Ethiopian government to buy weapons for their civil war in Eritrea.
The people giving money are suckered into paying for a charity they know nothing about.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Jwenting:
Being told to do something and actually doing it are different things. We'll have to wait and see.
Yes, some fund raising has been 'disguised' as a legitimate effort, but much has not.
As I've intimated elsewhere on this forum, the US has, in the past, offered sanctuary to both suspected and convicted terrorists.
Gerry Adams has been welcomed to the White House as a "Statesman".

Until I see action instead of words, I'll remain cynical. I shall, however, remain trusting and loyal.


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Here's a thought, why not let England take care of the terrorism caused by the IRA. Oh thats right, after all these years, they still haven't done anything about it, so thats right, put it on the U.S. The U.S. is expectedto solve all the worlds problems, and all on my tax dollar. Great.

User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 825 times:

Show, should we perhaps bomb the US to try and kill the US citizens funding the murder of UK citizens?

Oh, sorry, no you don't like your country being attacked do you?

I didn't not accuse the US of being responsible for IRA attacks just the people your country harbours who help fund said attacks.


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 818 times:

Unfortunately, the States support terrorist groups when it's for their conveniance. At least, they did.
Guess who they supported to fight the Sovietics in Afghanistan ?




User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 810 times:

KROC: Your tax dollar?? Nobody in Britain would expect (or need) American money to fight the IRA. We do not expect (or need) America to "solve the problem".
What we do expect (and need) is America's co-operation. The fact remains that America is guilty of the exact same things it's currently fighting against i.e. financing and harbouring terrorists.
Britain's fight against terrorism has been long and difficult. It has not been helped by the US's reluctance to co-operate.

The US administration is going to great lengths to gather international support for whatever it has planned. There is no doubt that America needs that support. Some of that support is paid for with my tax. Do I complain? No, I don't.





User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 813 times:

>>>I would like to know what action President Bush will be taking against these supporters of terrorism.


ummm....something similar to Operation El Dorado Canyon. Doesn't ring a bell?

It sure as hell rang Khaddafi's bell...after he drew the line of death across the Gulf of Siddra he's kept his mouth shut ever since.


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