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A fine article. However, I have to disagree with one statement.
“In other words, if we just ignore them, they’ll go away. And if we don’t ignore them but fight back, then it’s our fault.” I think this misses the point that the Dems are trying to make, albeit a precise point. They are not trying to “ignore” terrorism, they are trying to “contain” it. The point they want to make is that if we just “contain” them, then we can minimize (but never eliminate) the threat. This is in keeping with their position on Saddam Hussein. They believed that he was “contained,” and that attacking him only placed us in greater danger.
This is the same position they had with the Soviet Union. It’s the same with drugs, hunger, over-population, and brush wars. They don’t advocate ignoring the problems, just containing them. Of course, their idea of containment is an illusion, a skillful bit of lawyering. They will redefine “containment” to suit their agenda because they always realize too late that “containment” never works. They tried to “contain” the corrupting influence of money in politics with the latest round of so called campaign finance reform. We now see that the money was not “contained.” In fact, the money is out of the control of the established political parties and in the hands of political freelancers like www.swiftvets.com and www.moveon.org.
So it is with the terrorists. The military aggression of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Syria has been “contained.” However, Moslem fanaticism has not been “contained.” Support that used to go to established nation states and their armies is now being funneled to freelancers like al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The Egyptian Army will not risk another war with Israel. Hamas will. The Democrats’ idea of containment makes political and military freelancing unavoidable. The Moslems who think it is their duty to destroy Israel and America organize without the support of nation states. They continue their war against Israel and America, and will continue until one side wins a final victory.p>I know this sounds like nit-picking, but it is vital that you be precise when explaining the weakness of the Democrats’ position. Democrats are obsessed with control, and they foolishly believe that they can find ways to control every threat. However, al Qaeda used our own notions of control and containment against us on September 11, 2001. Walls, checkpoints, airport security screeners, and police dogs can’t stop them. They will find a way to get through. They must be killed in their beds before they can pull of another attack. It’s the only way. br> — Guy L. Evans br> Aurora, Colorado /p>
So Richard Holbrooke, John Kerry, Matt Bai, and other “Democratic foreign policy experts” believe the War on Terror is akin to the War on Drugs, or the War on Poverty. As any fool, or Democrat (but I repeat myself), can see how utterly we’ve failed, and are failing, to defeat both illegal drugs and poverty, in spite of the trillions of dollars spent since the '60s, I have to assume that liberals believe going into this “metaphor” that we’re doomed to lose it.p>Please, please, with that thought in mind, vote early, and vote often, for Dubya. I’m not sure that this country can take another Clintonian round of “police work” perpetrated this time by John “Clouseau Kerry, when this enemy intends — no, demands — our complete destruction.
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