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Unconventional war

August 5, 2006

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To the editor:

Many people now believe we are in or soon will be in World War III. This is incorrect. We are now, and have been fully engaged in World Unconventional War I for quite some time. This is not a conventional war, at least not at this time.

The ultimate goal of terrorists is to motivate militarily strong and powerful nations to stop resisting, stop attacking and give up. One of the ways they try to achieve this, other than wholesale violence, is by obtaining the highest level of exposure and depending heavily on propaganda to defeat the enemy.

Sadly, much of the American media, along with a large percentage of our leaders have fallen for terrorists tactics and in reality are aiding and abetting the terrorists. I hope the American public will outsmart the media and many of our leaders.

Tom Shewmon,

Linwood

Comments

Jamesaust 11 years, 4 months ago

What a bunch of friggin b/s.

One stands agog at the Clintonian-like ambition to redefine reality by redefining the words in the dictionary.

This author would have us believe that an "unconventional" war is something WORSE than a "conventional" war rather than the opposite, some mixture of war and garden-variety criminality, more akin to piracy than an 'uber-war'. From control of that unconventional vs. conventional viewpoint, consequences follow - namely, whether the vast collection of legal and political rights are scuttled in pursuit of this 'new war' or whether they remain as they have for centuries (perfectly capable of handling familiar topics such as piracy).

That our present Administration does not believe in such a presentation of 'reality' is self-evident from its failure to have achieved and its failure to be pursuing justice for the arch-terrorist, one Mr. O. bin Laden -- abject failure writ large, indeed, one might say a traitorous dereliction of duty.

DuQuesne 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm late.

I'm late.

For a very important date.

-Schuyler DuQuesne

xenophonschild 11 years, 4 months ago

The problem is Islam.

It is a vile, perfidious religion that stands in stark contrast with the Western European emphasis on individual achievement.

In Islam, the individual is fraught with sin and ungodliness. The only cure for this is to subject every nuance of individualism to the "will of God."

Islam is ideal for a semi-barbarian people moving from the desert into settled towns and cities - where the individual must learn to sublimate personal wants and aims in order to exist with masses of people - but it is a stunted, in-bred disaster for any nation or society intent on progressing beyond the most elementary political/social conventions. Mullahs and imans - theocrats - are allowed to control society, at the expense of individual liberty and the growth of secular thought.

Which makes them our mortal enemies. There will be another world war, probably in our lifetimes, between Islam and the secular West. Hopefully, they will exhibit their usual lack of military discipline and use nuclear weapons against Israel before they are ready to challenge the United States, and our leaders (probably Hillary) can then annihilate them.

drewdun 11 years, 4 months ago

"The ultimate goal of terrorists is to motivate militarily strong and powerful nations to stop resisting, stop attacking and give up"

Yeah, that pretty much ignores how we got to this point. Let me tell ya, it WASN'T us 'terrorist' liberals that got us into this disaster in Iraq, it was this jerkoff's party and people like him.

"One of the ways they try to achieve this, other than wholesale violence, is by obtaining the highest level of exposure and depending heavily on propaganda to defeat the enemy"

Let's see: in bizarro Republican world, reporting on REALITY is propaganda, and if its bad news, its helping the enemy. "We don't really want to know what's happening right now on the other side of the Earth, we just want to be told what we want to hear. Stay the course." (Yes, Jane, most Republicans ARE that simpleminded)

"Sadly, much of the American media, along with a large percentage of our leaders have fallen for terrorists tactics and in reality are aiding and abetting the terrorists"

Come on, Tom, tell us what you REALLY think. Basically, that if you don't march lockstep with the disastrous policies of Bush and the far-right GOP, you are a terrorist. If you listen to public opinion, and heed the voice of the MAJORITY of people in the country, you are a terrorist. That if you exercise the power of your vote to say that "Stay the course" is not a viable strategy, and in fact has gotten us into the disaster we face, you're a terrorist. We already had Newt Gingrich on FNC Sunday morning saying that the Connecticut Lamont supporters are an 'insurgency.' (Gee, I thought that this was a DEMOCRACY where people can express their opinions, and dissatisfaction with their leaders and their policies, at the polls. Once again, the meme is 'if you disagree with the Republican Party, you're a terrorist.' Expect MUCH more of this before the elections, especially as the Republicans get more and more desperate to cling to power. Calling opponents 'terrorists' or 'terrorist sympathizers' will become their preferred method of attack - no defense of their disastrous policies, just pure hatred. Oh well, typical Republican strategy.)

"I hope the American public will outsmart the media and many of our leaders."

Oh, they will. We will see that when the Conventional Wisdom of the media, as well as (and more importantly), the Republican Party, are CRUSHED on November 7, 2006. I just can't wait to see fascist pieces of human excrement like this man crying because their 'team' lost. It will be a glorious day for American democracy.

fletch 11 years, 4 months ago

I don't use words like "crazy nutjob" very often, but this guy is a crazy nutjob.

Terry Jacobsen 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure that in some way all of this is President Bush's fault. It does make life easier to be a simpleton doesn't it? I wish I could stick my head in the sand and blame the President for all the ills in the world. It would be much easier than thinking.

tolawdjk 11 years, 4 months ago

"In Islam, the individual is fraught with sin and ungodliness. The only cure for this is to subject every nuance of individualism to the "will of God.""

Any religion, taken to its extreme, qualifies for this statement.

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