The war on terror specifically the war in Iraq is a war of attrition. (Like every other American war fought before it) There are three types of terrorists attacking American troops and interests(Iraqi police force; U.N. headquarters etc.) in Iraq. 1. Islamic fundamentalist/extremists: these are the suicide bombers who are mostly misled and disgruntled arab youth manipulated by the radical rants of extreme leaders like Osama. You cannot completely get rid of extremists. Western ideas of religion and humanity don't mesh with Islamic idealogies. There will always be extremists confused about their own religion willing to blow themselves and innocent civilians up. They don't view death the same way we do. 2. Fedayeen Saddamm: individuals who have lost much due to the fall of the Baath party. Their years of persecution have put them out of favor with the Iraqi masses and if a democratic government is established they will lose all of their power. With Saddamm caught (carrying U.S. cash HA! so much for hating America) the Fedayeen will slowly disappear as the American military finds and kills the remaining followers. 3. International terrorists/mercenaries: the liberal media refuses to report that most terrorists are paid. Al Qauada and other terrorist groups pay 5-10,000 U.S. dollars! a head for the death of U.S. soldiers. If an international terrorist dies attacking American troops in Iraq then his family is compensated. These terrorists have no idealogical tie to the fundamentalists. They make up the majority of terrorists. The reason there are so many of them is because terrorism is the most lucrative job in the Middle East. Its not only because they hate America! Around the world the 1st and second group exist. Terrorist groups are funded by Saudis and other rich oligarchs who make money selling oil to the West. It is in their interests (Saudis etc.) to keep democracy out of the Middle East so that they can keep a strong grip on their power and on their money. A democratic Iraq would start a tidal wave of instability in other Arab countries like Iran and that would be a threat to their oil interests. Now regardless of whether you think unilateralism is a good thing or not, the war of attrition(war on terror) will be won if Americans stay the course. Media stories about idealogical terrorists are just false or too narrowly focused on the outspoken fundamentalists over payed mercenaries. The reason the French, Germans, and Russians did not support the war in Iraq is due to their differing interests with each other in Europe! France has a vote on the U.N. security council and it has a large stake in the E.U. France fears the expansion of the E.U. into eastern Europe because France is not a direct trading partner with most eastern europe countries. Germany on the other hand is and they promote expansion of the E.U. east because it will benefit them economically. Since WW2 France has had a stronger voice in European and consequently world affairs than Germany. IF the E.U. surpasses the U.N. as a legitimate international institution then France will lose its bargaining power(read voice) in many international affairs to Germany which has more power in the E.U.. Therefore, France's reasoning for not supporting the war in Iraq was because it wants to maintain the legitimacy of the U.N. where it has more power than its 20th century rival Germany. Germany did not support the war in Iraq because German engineering firms built and financed most of the oil infrastructure in Iraq. Once the U.S. democratizes Iraq German firms will lose their contracts to american firms when it comes to rebuilding Iraq's oil infrastructure. Russia under Putin is becoming less democratic. Now unlike under Yeltsin, there is no free press in Russia. Putin was a member of the KGB and his good old boys have taken over most of the Russian govt. Putin also is trying to buy or take back (through the courts) most of Russia's big industries. Right now we don't know if Putin really wants to be a friend of the U.S. and buy into the idea of becoming "westernized". He tells us he does and we want to believe him, but his actions speak otherwise. He mostly did not support the war just to raise the status of Russia on the world stage. Its important to note that Russia would have supported the war if France and Germany did, but because they didn't Russias' non support was not criticized too strongly by the U.S. 95% of Arabs want a voice in their govts. but they don't have the money or democratic ability to voice their opinions because they live under oppressive regimes that don't promote economic growth or distribution among the masses. It's my contention that the war on terror is a good thing. I want oil prices to go down. I like my gas cheap. i also want a stable middle east. A stable middle east not only is a good thing for America it also betters the lives of the people that live there. The very nature of this war is a war of attrition. American troops will continue to take out more terrorists than can be bought. There will always be the extremists-it is part of their religion/idealogy and the west cannot change that. Sacrificing American boys and money is worth my security and the security of the people who live in the middle east. Wake up. Persistance is the only way to win.