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  •  Yep. Wars should be a last resort. Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

    the US responds militarily to every threat, even those just perceived.

    Here's an interesting report written about the US entering into war against Afghanistan with it's use of "Shock and Awe" heavy bombing mainly designed to terrorize the populace. Notice the date.

    U.S. Military Response is Wrong -- And It Won't Work

    by Stephen Zunes
    October 12, 2001

    THE magnitude of the initial U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan raises legal, moral and practical questions.

    The use of military force for self-defense is legitimate under international law. Military retaliation is not.

    The use of heavy bombers against a country with few hard targets belies the Bush administration's claim that the attacks are not against the people of Afghanistan.
    Al-Qaida is a decentralized network of underground terrorist cells operating throughout Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It does not have much in the way of tangible targets that can be struck as if the United States were at war with a government. To target Afghanistan seems to be more an act of catharsis than a rational strategy to enhance U.S. security.

    If there is any logic to bin Laden's madness, it is his hope that the United States will overreact militarily, creating an anti-American backlash in the region, which would play right into his hands. This may very well happen.

    BTW, the US is the only country in the world I know of that has wars on concepts - War on Poverty, War on Drugs, War on Terrorism. The fact that none of them have ever been successful should tell us something.

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