Arena: Fighting the Good Fight

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

One more thing! There is a lot of discussion about the whole Liberia thing. Below, I stated that I did not support the decision to send troops over there. However, there may be some good reasons for intervention. First, terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda love moving into broken governments and setting up shop. As to whether that would happen in Liberia, I'm not sure ( I don't think that there is much of a Muslim population there ), but broken governments rarely seem to invite the more democratic thinking leaders. Second, if we could, and that's a big if, stabilize the situation there, we could develop a front there, and possibly use it to base various intelligence operations into Algeria or Libya. However, I'm nervous about doing anything militarily in Africa (if you aren't, go rent Blackhawk Down). There is a lot of conflict, a lot of different factions, and very little precedent to believe that we could make a difference there. I don't like to see people suffer, but you have to ask yourself the question, "How much of a difference can we make?"


Vacation time, have a happy 4th.


Tuesday, July 01, 2003

In case you haven't noticed, there's a new banner at the top. Click on it and I think you will understand. Look at this too.


Monday, June 30, 2003

How our enemy fights:

A massive explosion rocked a mosque (search) in this restive Iraqi town, killing at least five Iraqi civilians and injuring four others, witnesses and hospital officials said Tuesday.

Iraqi civilians said the blast was caused by a missile or bomb strike, but American soldiers at the scene disputed that account, saying it was likely caused when explosives hidden at the site went off.

...About a dozen Iraqis were gathered around the blast Tuesday morning, sifting through the rubble for pieces of metal they said proved the damage was caused by an American attack.

"These are pieces of a missile," said Aqeel Ibrahim Ali, 26, who was standing on a concrete slab overlooking the destruction, holding out a box filled with metal shards. "An airplane shot a missile."

He thinks we would use a missile to blow up a mosque. It's a propaganda attack, plain and simple. This is the way our enemies fight: they ruthlessly sacrifice their own people to win.


Sunday, June 29, 2003

Excellent analysis of the whole WMD/Bush lied ordeal:

It is understandable that the U.N. inspectors and even more, the military search teams, have had difculty penetrating the sophisticated, well-rehearsedand protected WMD program in Iraq. The task was made infinitely more challenging by the fact that Iraq was, and indeed still is, a "republic of fear." Through my indirect contact with some senior Iraqi weapons scientists, I have been given to understand that the reign of terror is still in place.

Outsiders who have not dealt with Iraq cannot easily understand the extent to which the terror of the Hussein years has penetrated that unhappy nation. As long as Hussein and his sons are not apprehended or proven dead, few if any of those involved in the weapons program will provide information on their activities. The risk of terrible revenge against oneself or one's family is simply too great. The first point on a WMD agenda must be to create a safe environment free from the remnants of terror.

Read the whole thing.


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