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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-27-13 04:07 AM
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P.S. I agree that there was no "right" war for retaliating against 911 attackers,
Edited on Mon May-27-13 04:19 AM by No Elephants
any more than there was a "right" war for retaliating against the 1993 attack on the very same World Trade Center.

As a nation, Afghanistan had neither the money nor the infrastructure to attack us or even to "sponsor" an attack on us. Probably still doesn't, though the pockets of the Karza family and their thugs might. But, after 911, we certainly gave many Afghanis and Iraqis a desire to retaliate against us and we all but created Al Qaeeda in Iraq. Add that to our attacks elsewhere in the Middle East, our arming of Israel since the 1940s, our infiltration of American mosques and the stupid talk of Americans about Muslims, etc., and it is small wonder people believe we are warring against Islam.

If there had been a "right" war for 911 against any nation, Saudi Arabia would have come closest, but even that would have been wrong.

So, we simply changed the definition of "war," with the AUMF.

The "War on Terrorism" is a lot closer to the War on Drugs or the War on Poverty than it is to a war of nation(s) against nation(s), which is the only kind of "war" the Framers contemplated. Something does not legitimately become a "war," as the Framers understood the term, simply because you dub it a war.

Even the actual war in Iraq was about "regime change," something one nation has no business doing to another under international law. If another nation took out our President we would know instantly that no nation has any business taking out our President.

But, when it is a nation the size of Idaho that most Americans in 2001 could not have found on a map, meh.

It's good to be the world's only super power. If you define "good" as the ability to do whatever you want, no matter how evil.

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