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  •  I'm almost tempted to HR for defending Al Qaeda. (1+ / 0-)
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    I won't because invariably a collection of well-minded but unthinking readers will swarm to your defense but I want you to re-read your comment.

    Listen to what they explain is their motivation of attacking us.
    Al Qaeda's own stated goals include the deaths or forced conversions of all who do not follow their particular deluded brand of Islam and regard civilians as legitimate targets.

    Not that civilians caught in the blast radius of attacks on legitimate targets are unfortunate collateral damage but that they are targets in and of themselves.

    Al Qaeda must be dismantled.  There are no two ways about it.  And drone strikes against this enemy are one of the most effective ways of doing so.  See my other comments on how the use of the weapon should be reformed.

    "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

    by kirrix on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:52:14 PM PDT

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    •  "defending Al Qaeda" (0+ / 0-)

      what a fool..

      WHY did Al Qaeda say they attacked America on 9/11?


      Drone strikes killing civilians is THE BEST recruiting tool Al Qaeda could ask/hope for..

      If ANYONE is defending AL's the people helping perpetuate terror by accepting some (any) type of collateral damage is acceptable in the fight against a tactic.. terrorism

      Fighting terrorism with terrorism..

      I love being hounded by liberal hawks.  

      •  Be prepared to be shocked that I don't believe (1+ / 0-)
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        them.  Not in the slightest.  Oh, sure.  US interventionism certainly had its role to play.  But the main reason is that Al Qaeda wants to force everyone to follow the same broken sense of morality that they do.  They want women to be third class citizens (male children being the second class), and everyone to be forced to follow the religious restrictions of their narrowly defined view of the world.

        Collateral damage happens in war.  It's as unfortunate as it is unavoidable.  Collateral damage should be minimized to the greatest extent possible for the very reason that it turns people against us.  But to say that no collateral damage is acceptable is to be dangerously naive.  It is to be so wrapped up in ones own sense of moral superiority as to completely ignore reality.  It is foolish and would constitute gross negligence if it was the basis of thought for an executive and his/her military commanders.

        I have said repeatedly that the use of the weapons should be reformed.  I have said it to death.  I have repeated over and over again that we must be certain of the target and we must minimize collateral damage.  But we should not rule out the use of a weapon that does not put our servicemen at risk.

        And I shudder to think of a world completely devoid of US intervention.  The US may very well be needed to intervene in any number of situations around the globe.  The Golden Dawn movement in Greece continues to act with almost impunity.  Tensions between Israelis and Arabs are inflamed daily.  The government of Pakistan, a nuclear power, is supremely unstable.  These and more are all situations we may be called in to help deal with.  Whatever god you pray to forbid our high-minded ideals prevent us from doing so.

        "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

        by kirrix on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 12:24:16 AM PDT

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