Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by Annie, Aug 11, 2004.
Seems that never has an answer, for which there are reasons why:
Great article, thanks for sharing.
You're right, though. I often wondered about this. This won't end with the fall of a city or with the capture of a man. It won't end with the signing of a treaty or a parade down Broadway. It won't end with the collapse of an empire.
How will we know when it is over? How will we know we have defeated the threat of terrorism and eliminated the ideology of extremism?
My best guess is this: it is not our generation's job to worry about that. It is our children's. It is our job to make sure our children won't have to worry about fighting terrorism. If we fight terrorism... we may give them a chance to defeat terrorism.
The next ten to twenty years won't look very good in terms of "will it ever end?" It will. But after we "fight" terrorists, dismantle all networks and cells, remove all regimes and sponsors of terror, and capture all high value target individuals, we still have more work to do in terms of politically transforming that region in the world.
We first need to reduce the threat of terrorism to defeat the nature of extremism.
In the end, however, future generations of Arabs won't grow up in totalitarian regimes that preach terrorism. There will be no terrorist networks, and if there are any terrorist networks, they are small and regional, and they will be eliminated by Arab governments. There will be no high value terrorists at large, and if there are, they will be hunted down by EVERYBODY. And there will be no terrorist regimes.
Maybe I'm caught up in semantics on this one but there will always be some group who is frustrated in some fashion by the status quo. Will these people who attempt to gring about change be called terrorists or revolutionaries? Naturally one argument will be the methods that these people use to bring about change and who it is they are "attacking". IMHO, "terrorism" will always exist in some fashion and "targets" will vary. Critizing someone for not having a plan for peace is as silly as asking someone to preduct the future.
What will victory look like? It'll look like a peaceful and proseperous America, free of Golan Cipel and his buddies. Arabs won't hate us because Jews won't steer us that way. We will rise up and say "NO!" to their efforts to hijack our foreign policy and military.
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