Pardon me, but I pretty much decided not to read the previous replies 'cuz somthing needs to be addressed.
Who thinks this war on terrorism is a bad idea? Well it is, because we will get the whole world fighting each other like Pakistan and India. It will be a like a domino effect slowly by slowly. Bush made a very terrible mistake!!!!
There are multiple sides to this issue and therefore infinte responses and solutions, if any. I think I understand your domino-effect point, but as you can see it couldn't be helped...so to speak.
One issue to this is if this should be called a "war on terrorism" in the first place; it's supposed to be retribution to what happened on September 11th, a revenge thing. Supposedly, we are to bring those involved to justice and it would be all over. This is where more issues sprout.
Who did this to us? Nineteen men aged in their early twenties caused the events to occur. How do we make them pay for it? Well, they are dead, so where to from here? Let's we go after those whom are thier likely supporters because in our justice system, if anyone was involved in a crime they are just as criminal. Let's go after bin Laden. Why bin Laden? Because our government said so.
Now it gets funny, you see, they haven't *proved* it to us that he was involved at all, it is just that we are all so emotional, that we don't care who was responsible, just that they pay for it. Some of us still use the numbers 4000-5000 poeple who died, folks that number has come down to 2500, still too high, but that doesn't mean you have to act like terrorism has never existed before.
Anyways, we go after bin Laden and he's supposedly in Afganistan in which the ruling government (if you want to call it that) reigns supreme. They ask for proof. We don't give it to them because we are convinced he did it and we don't negotiate with terrorists. The US government figures that since the Taliban won't give him up, they are involved, hence they are terrorists as well. They didn't do anything to us, but we attack them anyway, 'cuz they "harbour terrorists". Facinating how we refuse to tell them the rules of our game and yet penalize them as such.
So now we lauch our 'mightiness' upon Afganistan to search for bin Laden AND his second-in-charge fellow AND this newly discovered (with respect to the American citizens) Al-Keida (sp?) network of terrorists. 3 months in, there is no Taliban, and very little if any Al-Keida members, yet bin Laden still has not been located.
Here's another problem, we want to bring this guy to justice yet we want him dead or alive. On top of that, hunting for this guy is like hunting for the yetti. All we have are conflicting reports and eyewitnesses. Though we were able to get a blood sample from his family so we can one day identify his carcus in some cave that hasn't caved in.
However, it is quite possible that OBL may be alive and in Pakistan somehow. But Pakistan has got it's own problems. They are at the brink of nuclear war with India and the US has the nerve to tell Pakistan not to focus on India and rather focus on OBL's whereabouts.
India is pissed, they see in their eyes that Pakistan-born Islamic militants from Kashmir suicide bombed their government buildings and are being told by the US to stand down. Why are they pissed again? Well what did the US do when Islamic militants suicide bombed their government and commercial buildings, they let all hell break loose and annhilated much of Afganistan, so why can't India do the same to Pakistan? Because both of them have nuclear munitions? No, because bin Laden is in Pakistan.
Your orginal point of domino-effect stems from the fact that we all need to defend ourselves except the United States prefers to tell the world it's "do as I say and not as I do" diplomatic atitude. And yet some people here wonder why foreigners could possibly dislike us.
As you can see, my opinions are really starting to flood out. It's BS, what are the chances that we are going to find/identify his body dead or alive? It's BS that this whole thing will be over when that point comes, it is impossible. The US purposely did this just so this stupid campaign can keep going. The idea of finding anything to justify this whole campaign as finding a needle in a haystack is an extreme understatement. More like finding a needle in a NEEDLE STACK!
IMRO, the United States government could care less about a war between the Southern Asia countries...I swear to God this whole thing was planned and this recent development would be a bonus for US military contracts.
War is what keeps their, hence, our economy going. The entire world economy depends on conflict -- peace doesn't sell and that sucks.
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