Originally Posted by Botnst
Can't argue with that. I'd much prefer to have this whole WoT thing fought covertly and clandestinely without much if any military involvement. The only time a full military operation was really called for was in trouncing Afghanistan. They were fully involved with Al Qaeda so they deserved a total military crushing. With Iraq, I'd have preferred clandestine military action through SF. There were certainly huge risks with that approach -- clandestine American military operations on foreign soil is hugely risky and in that part of the world supporting them if they got into trouble would have been extremely difficult. Remember Carter's Iran debacle. Stll and all, that would have ben my preferred strategy.
Concerning the enemy combatants picked-up in the WoT, man that's a hard one. The bad guys absolutely do not follow the Conventions on War. They violate every one of the major tenets of the conventions and laugh at them as silly rules for infidel weaklings. It is noble to say we should take a moral position and treat them as lawbreakers. But they are far worse than lawbreakers. These guys are religious fanatics who believe God is ordering them to kill people who do not believe as they do. Threatening them with constitutional arrest and a civilian trial as a common criminal to face several years of incarceration just isn't going to deter men who embrace death as a martyr in order to maximize death and dismemberment of civilians.
There is a huge difference in attitude between a soldier who kills other soldiers under orders and according to law and a common criminal committing murder for whatever selfish cause. The step from soldier killing solder over to terrorist killing civilians is just as great and in the wrong direction.
I sure as heck don't have the answer. I want the enemy combatants to renounce violence and go home to be farmers just as countless soldiers have done in past wars. I don't see the enemy combatants doing that, do you?
My preferred way of dealing with them would be death on the battlefield. But what if they have information that could possibly save lives, perhaps thousands of innocent lives? You know, like Kahlid Sheik Muhammed. Who would have wanted to read him his rights and give him a lawyer during questioning after his capture? Not me.
Anybody who thinks there's a one-size fits-all response to the reality of the WoT is on crack.
Good points; the visceral reaction of many Americans would be that they are evil savages who aren't soldiers in war but vicious, crazed maniacal (sp) murderers of women, children and anyone else not sharing their twisted and perverted religious view, and glad to die for those beliefs.
Therefore those unrepentant fanatics deserve no justice, only death, or to be returned home after being blinded with hydrochloric acid thrown in their faces, so they won't wage war anymore, hard to do it if you are blind.
Perhaps wholesale assination of those so called religious teachers that warp the minds of the innocent children into the suicide bomber mentality, in Palestine, Pakistan, and Iraq especially.
If they dish it out, they should take it, the thinking would go.
None of that is a good solution, to be sure but you can't blame Americans for thinking that way.
But none of this would have happened if we hadn't gone into Iraq in the first place. Everyone knows it was a mistake (except the President and his coterie which pushed for it)