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The same as us?

December 23, 2004

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Richard Myers had the following to say about the recent tragic bombing in Mosul:

“This attack, of course, is the responsibility of insurgents, the same insurgents who attacked on 9/11, the same type of insurgents who attacked in Beirut, the same insurgents who — type of… insurgents who attacked the Cole, Khobar Towers, and the list goes on. So the way you prevent this is you win the war against the extremists, and I’ve talked about that at length myself. And I’m not saying that’s a war in a sense that the military can do this, but that’s how we do this. We make this kind of extremism, this kind of action, which shows no moral boundaries — because while this was an attack against coalition forces, U.S. forces and contractors in Mosul, we’ve seen attacks on children in Baghdad and Iraqi citizens. So the way we prevent this is we win, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

First, do we think that every Islamic extremist is the same. I find that hard to believe. We are not going up against a unified front. They may share common cause at times. Just like we share common cause with Germans, French, and British at times. We also disagree at others.

Secondly, in regards to this quote:

“So the way you prevent this is you win the war against the extremists, and I’ve talked about that at length myself. And I’m not saying that’s a war in a sense that the military can do this, but that’s how we do this.”

How do we win the war, if not with troops and bombs. Will diplomacy, nation building, democracy, or capitalism do it? It seems as if the leadership wishes to use the military. Read the whole transcript to get the full picture.

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