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I dont know whether large-scale military responses are the best idea.... maybe pouring more funds into human intelligence assets on the ground might be better, get the hard intel and then launch precision strikes. These organisations are notoriously hard to infiltrate though, so its a daunting challenge.
I think that tracking and confiscating their financial resources will continue to reap rewards, but we need other countries to start co-operating more in this.
IF they got YOU THINKING about them they WON!
That's their point. Was it OZZIE who sang "Paranoia will destroy yah" ?
You have greater threat of being Killed by Lightning while DISC GOLFING than getting killed by Idiots.
One of my distant relatives once said- WALK SOFTLY and CARRY A BIG STICK.
Somehow the WALK SOFTLY part got forgotten
Along with the fairy tale of Brier Rabbit and the Tar Baby.
When you (Being the USA) poke your fingers in every country of the worlds EYE the WHOLE world starts to get annoyed.
All the good works of the world (Like Feeding the needy by the Millions) soon gets forgotten.
WALK SOFTLY means- you don't aid despot RULERS with funding, need I name Saddam Husein, Bin Laudin or other members of US secret Dirty WARS. NO MATTER WHAT =the enemy of your enemy is NOT YOUR friend when he is a fanatic.
TWO don't Occupy your enemies country any longer than it takes to establish the fact that you WON. Don't linger sucking the OIL out of the country because even your Friends will want to distance themselves from you for BAD Behavior. Instability of foreign nations is GOING to happen NO MATTER WHAT. Live with it, deal with it or move on.
THREE- If you want to exercise your Military Might take on the Indian Ocean Piracy Threat.
This is EMBARRASSING dear AMERICA. Some thugs in RUBBER DINGHIES are looting the free world.
Deflate some RAFTS- let the Sharks sort them out QUIETLY without FANFARE, Press conferences and
NEWS releases. The whole world will breath easier and they will like you (USA) a LOT more.
Four -Party likes its your last day on earth.
Terrorism might be used by some as justification for their own agenda, but make no mistake, terrorism is a very real threat on a global scale.
Everyone always criticises the US for getting involved in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, but what I always say is "Who else put up their hand to lead the fight?". Everyone always says the interest in the Middle East by the US is primarily about oil, but what about the other benefits that have come from America's intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq, namely the local populations of both Iraq and Afghanistan now freed from an oppressive regime, and the denial of Afghanistan as a safe base of operations for Al'Qaeda and Bin Laden?
Russia/France/China are generally too busy selling weapons to the nations that covertly support terrorism (indirectly or directly) (ever see any vision of terrorists WITHOUT a Kalashnikov rifle???), and I believe this is why they generally try to veto any UN resolutions regarding rogue nation-states (There is literally BILLIONS of dollars in the global weapons industry, and politics are largely formulated based on financial concerns for most countries).
I don't agree with some of the planning (or lack of) prior to, and decision-making that has ocurred during the invasion and occupation of both Afghanistan and Iraq, but the right intentions were there at the beginning, and people always focus on the negative outcomes rather than look at the good things the US (and her allies, Australia being one) is doing in the region.
At least someone has the cahones to stand up to these oppressive regimes and take the fight to the terrorists. Some world leaders should look back at history and see what occurred when their predecessors left Hitler to his own devices, and allowed him to develop his country's new moral code and military machine. By the time they realised how evil he really was, it was too late for the hundreds of millions that died during WWII. History is a good indicator of what can happen when good people stand by and allow bad things to occur.