Friday, July 01, 2005

WAR 101: INTRODUCTION

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -John Stewart Mill

DEFINITIONS

WAR ON TERROR: All Americans need to understand that the the first World Trade Center bombing was an early warning signalling the intentions of Al Queda to wage war on Americans. Since that warning wasn’t properly heeded, the terrorists staged other successful attacks until, ultimately, on 9-11-2001 the clarion call rang throughout the canyons of Manhattan and we finally began fighting the war declared by the terrorists.

We are now waging a war against the Aggressors that attacked us. It will be fought on many battlefronts, against many enemies. It is NOT the War on Afghanistan... nor is it the War on Iraq. It won't be the War on Iran or North Korea... it is a WAR ON TERROR! It will require determination, endurance and unity if we are going to be victorious.


Now, for those who cannot understand the difference between revolutionaries (such as our Minutemen) and terrorists... namely one Brian Williams, anchorman with NBC (plus most other liberals)

"Many Americans woke up to a curious story this morning: several of the former Iran Hostages have decided there is a strong resemblance between Iran's new president and one of their captors more than 25 years ago. The White House and most official branches of government are ducking any substantive comment on this story, and photo analysis is going on at this and other news organizations. It is a story that will be at or near the top of our broadcast and certainly made for a robust debate in our afternoon editorial meeting, when several of us raised the point (I'll leave it to others to decide germaneness) that several U.S. presidents were at minimum revolutionaries, and probably were considered terrorists of their time by the Crown in England." SEE STORY.

Let us explain:

GUERILLA FIGHTERS: Patriots who liberated this country used guerilla tactics some of the time (much to the dismay of the more coventional, marching-on-parade-ground British Army.) Guerilla fighters (aka Minutemen, Freedom Fighters, Revolutionary Army, Resistance, etc) violate some of the rules of war -- they may not have military uniforms. They strike quickly, kill a few soldiers, and attempt to melt away into the woods or perhaps disappear into the civilian population.

This does not make them terrorists or comparable to terrorists. Because, unlike actual terrorists, guerilla fighters strike legitimate military targets (enemy soldiers, enemy bases or enemy's political control structure.) They DO NOT strike civilian targets or intentionally kill civilians, their goal is to defeat the enemy's military.

Any war can have angry or undisciplined soldiers (conventional or otherwise) who commit atrocities and kill civilians or prisioners. These soldiers are criminals and could be characterized as "terrorists." But these have been aberrations in US wars, and the culprits are usually brought to justice.

TERRORISTS: Guerilla Fighters are terrorists if their primary goal is to shock and terrorize a civilian population into acquiescence and appeasement. Terrorists may switch between legitimate targets (our troops and Iraqi recruits) and non-military targets (civilians and hotels.) There are no switch hitters in the terrorism business... if they deliberately and intentionally advocate, enable or physically attack specific civilian targets with the purpose of killing said civilians then they are terrorists, no matter how much they like to pretend otherwise.

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!