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How can you wage a physical war against an `-ism'? Or even against a line of thinking (Radical Islam)?

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It seems like in reality, in a war, you can only target people or physical things. So, if intel says there are a bunch of people in a building that are radical islamists, you blow away the building. Or, if a country has as a whole embraced radical islam, you blow away the country. I won't argue that the problem isn't radical islam, but how do you fight it?

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One thing's for sure...it's awfully tough to fight when you're too politically correct to exploit the enemy's key center of gravity (religion). They can exploit it all they want, but yet we keep ourselves hamstrung.

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expatriate wrote:
One thing's for sure...it's awfully tough to fight when you're too politically correct to exploit the enemy's key center of gravity (religion). They can exploit it all they want, but yet we keep ourselves hamstrung.

Exactly! ... politically we are trying to protect islam while trying to defeat radical islam. I have nothing against muslim people, but, their religion provides fertile soil for the ills we are calling radical islam. Terrorists do not denounce islam to become radical islamists - instead, they are living their religion to the full. I anticipate we will flounder in the M.E. and elsewhere until we come to grips with this - but to do so we need to come very politically UN-correct about all the religion stuff.

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Regarding the current arrests of terrorists plotting to blow up planes inbound to US, from a less politically correct paper:

" ... all British Muslims of Pakistani origin ... "

Case in point???!!!

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Not to be too politically incorrect, but I think any country that wants a nuclear bomb should get one, off the receiving end of a cruise missile, preferably when their parliament is in session. No charge for delivery and seconds are free. There are too many idiots in government and especially on the liberal side of politics who think "war" can be done politically and in a limited fashion. If you have a tumor, it is excised with a scalpel. Once you pull out the sword, the only real cure is annihilate the enemy, every last one of them, making sure a lot more of them go than yours. All a limited war accomplishes is the creation of a new generation of enemies (the middle east is a good example). It is so unfortunate that Islam cannot/will not take care of its own extremists and recognize the need to do so. If they do not , then ultimately the war will be against Islam as a whole, and not just the extremist groups who hide under a religious cover.

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kevin davis wrote:
...All a limited war accomplishes is the creation of a new generation of enemies (the middle east is a good example). ...

Well put KD.

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Religion, like every other war before us, has been the catalyst and justification to start a war. These acts of terrorism have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with destroying our way of life. They only use the religion to fuel their own beliefs that the western culture is evil and their culture is the only holy one. What a load of BS!! Yes

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I agree that religion(s) can be and are used as catalysts and justifications for war ... but what causes wars? Big smile

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Serious Hunter wrote:
How can you wage a physical war against an `-ism'? Or even against a line of thinking (Radical Islam)?

You determine the countries that promote the destruction of the US and you wage war against those countries. After 9/11 we started out in the right way by identifying Afghanastan as harboring Al Queda and went there to fight the war.

However, before the job was done we got side tracked in Iraq. Iran has openly acknowledged that they are seeking the anhilation of the US but we are so mired in Iraq we can't respond the way we should.

One step in fighting terror or radical Islamism is to be honest about who the enemy is. I have traveled alot lately and have not been pulled aside for extra security, but I have seen little ol' ladies getting wand. Makes no sense. We need to focus on those people who look fit the profile and stop being politically correct.

What makes this war so difficult is that who is the enemy? Just about anyone could be and then on top of that, while most of the world embraces life they embrace death.