I really haven’t paid too much attention to all the memorials and such on television today. Why? Because I saw it when it happened and I remember what happened. You’ll excuse me if I don’t get all choked up over these memorials.
“Oh how heartless this guy is!!!” you’re probably saying to yourself. The fact is, it’s hard to feel horribly bad about a tragedy like 9/11 unless you were intimately involved or related to someone it actually affected. As I watched the images on television when it happened, I was more pissed off at the fact that we were attacked than I was over the loss of the buildings or loss of life. Again, it’s not that I’m a heartless bastard, it’s mostly because I just didn’t know anyone involved. I was on the opposite side of the country when it happened, I’ve never been to New York, so for me it was just like watching any other major tragedy in the news. I watched it, said “Oh that’s horrible,” and then went on with my life.
So now it’s all these years later, and every year we’re subjected to countless memorials and speeches and what not every time 9/11 rolls around. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It’s not just bad, it’s extremely bad, and I’ll tell you why. First off let me say that it’s good to remember what happened, and to not be saddened by it, but to turn your sadness into anger and a strengthened resolve to punish those people and the countries that support them that pulled off the attack. I’ll get to that more in a minute. First I want to express why I feel that all these memorials are a bad thing.
It’s simple really. The terrorists watch us all sad and depressed and crying over what happened on 9/11, and every time they see that, they know they scored a victory over us. They got exactly what they wanted. They hurt us not only financially, but also emotionally. Every year when we have these stupid, pointless memorial ceremonies, it only strengthens and encourages their resolve to pull off another major attack, because they want nothing more than to destroy the morale and resolve of the Great Satan that is the United States, and in fact any freedom loving nation of the world. These memorials aren’t serving to strengthen our resolve or to make us angry again and remind us why we should be out for revenge. They’re just depressing and whiny and detrimental to our battle against those who would see the western world crumble into ruins. So, these memorials need to stop.
Now, where are we in the war on terror? Well… What happens when you let politicians run a war instead of the military? What happens when and beaurocrats are in charge of anything? They completely mess it up, bloat it up, and screw it up. That’s exactly what’s happened in the war on terror. Here’s why I say that…
We went into Afghanistan and routed out the Taliban, and yet today after all these years, we’re still killing Taliban fighters there and allied troops are still tied up there and still suffering occasional casualties. So what was really accomplished? We gave them freedom, we gave them democracy, they elected a worthless government, they still don’t afford real freedoms to all their people, we’re still fighting Taliban and basically we’re stuck there.
So then we go into Iraq. I understand the reasoning behind it. All these people who say it was a war for oil are so full of crap their eyes are brown. If it was a war for oil, then where’s all our cheap oil? Gee, we don’t have any. So shut the hell up with your moronic conspiracy theories. So why did we go into Iraq? Well, there were several reasons really. First and foremost, Saddam Hussein was a shit disturber with a big mouth and a despised dictator who along with his sons and other relatives used their power to turture, rape and kill countless hundreds of thousands of their own people. He also was constantly bragging about and under suspicion for having stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, which he had used in the past, and he also insinuated that he was working on nuclear weapons and constantly limited or refused inspections that could have confirmed or debunked his claims. The final reason is because we felt that the Iraqi people wanted to be free of him and that by removing him and giving them their freedom, we could establish ourselves in a friendly country in the middle of the middle east from which we could deal with other problem countries like Iran and Syria.
So what’s happened with the Iraq war? Well, we walked in and kicked their asses. That’s what our military does, and it does it REAL good…when allowed to do so. Since then, we’ve been stuck there waiting for the Iraqi people to pull their thumbs out of their butts and get a government together and train their military to take over their own security. They seem to think they have all the time in the world to do this, and we’re allowing them to just fart around instead of getting their crap together. Now we’re stuck there, still unable to deal with Iran and Syria.
Why have these two battles in the war on terror become quagmires and never-ending struggles for our military? Is it because our military isn’t properly trained or can’t handle what they’re doing? No. Is it because they’re under-equipped? That could be part of it. Is it because brainless politicians try to run a “sensitive” war instead of letting our military go in and do what they need to do to make these countries pay a heavy price for what they’ve done? Definitely.
Politicians should stay completely out of wars. Wars should be run by those who know how to fight them. If the allied forces had been in complete control of their actions, we’d go in, level these hell holes, and make each and every place we leveled an example to the rest of the Arab world of what happens when you mess with us. I always like to use this analogy. When someone comes up and starts tapping you on the chest over and over, just to be a dick, you can do one of three things. You can ask them to stop, but it won’t happen. You can gently push them away, but they’ll come right back and keep tapping on you. Or… You can beat them mercillesly until they’re laying on the ground bleeding and crying for their mama. At that point, you can pretty much guarantee that they’ll never be tapping on your chest again.
The Islamic world only understands one thing. Swift and blinding violence. If you show ANY weakness, they’ll fight on and continue to exploit that weakness to the best of their ability, and will continue to do so as long as you show that weakness. That’s what’s happened in this war. Because of wussy politicians keeping our military from being the brutal fighting force that it needs to be, this war has dragged on and on and will continue to do so, basically stagnating. We can’t win a war fighting it like this, and we won’t win this one until we have a President step up who actually has a spine and is willing to say, “Enough! Go win this thing and do whatever it takes to crush our enemies.”
Another example of what happens when spinless politicians are in charge of a war is what happened with the Israelis in Lebanon. Ehud Olmert, who in my opinion is as much of, if not more of a traitor to Israel than his predecessor was, restrained the Israeli army from destroying Hezbollah once and for all. In fact, there were Israeli soldiers who died needlessly because of his indecisiveness or lack of will. Again, if Israel’s military leaders had been allowed to have a free hand, Hezbollah would have been eliminated, or so severely crippled that they were no longer a threat. As it is, now we have to put a UN peace keeping force in there that will be stationed there basically indefinitely. Wouldn’t it make more sense to send in a force to help the Israelis finish the job of destroying Hezbollah? Then you wouldn’t have to have a UN force in there indefinitely to keep the two sides apart.
I know I swayed from the topic a bit, but it’s all related really. Never show your enemies any weakness. By having these teary-eyed, hand-wringing memorials every year, all it does is show them how deeply they wounded the American psyche on 9/11, and it will only encourage them to try to do it again.(Current Mood: indifferent)