At least you appropriately titled your own post...
The point is... our foreign policy (which you might consider looking into) is the problem. As you aptly pointed out,
> terrorism isn't just a couple of people sick of
> life, duct taping bombs to themselves, it's more
> complicated than that."
Your subsequent generalization about who's willing to die, and what their skills are, may or may not be accurate. I suspect not. It sounds... kinda like... run-o-the-mill bigoted American stereotyping, but hey, what do I know? Probably just about anyone can take over the controls of a 767, I guess. However... no, this isn't about an organization, it's about how human beings respond to crisis. Our country inflicts crisis on countries around the world all day, every day, and then "we Americans" get all indignant about it when the occasional one snaps and tries to get back at us. Or when several of them get together and try to figure out what to do about us.
The point is that there are very many ways that our country does, in fact, constitute an on-going crisis for the citizens of other countries. Unfortunately, Americans _hate_ politics, though, so all this stuff goes on behind our backs, and we're oblivious to it... but... it all comes out of our wallets. ("Here, take my money... I don't care who you kill with it, just let me watch the damn game, ok?")
How many kids die each year in Iraq right now because of our sanctions? How is that not a form of terrorism? How would we react to some other nation trying to bully us into getting rid of Dubya by setting up conditions that caused people in our country to starve? Hell, in this particular case, he even seized power (essentially), so it's kinda like he and Saddam are Bro's, y'know? What would we do if some other country felt it was their place to try to screw with our elections by having death-squads terrorizing our neighborhoods? We train people to go do that in other countries.
If "we Americans" would pull our faces away from the TV (or football game, or whatever) occasionally, and actually pay attention to what we're doing around the world, we'd get indignant about _that_ and *poof* put a stop to the stuff that _causes_ some citizens of other nations to go over the edge. Instead, we always want to look at something like this by glancing at our watch and saying "Well, damn! Everything was fine five minutes ago... what the hell'd you do that for!?" ... as if nothing ever has a background that leads up to it.
Is there some part of this you don't get? I don't for an instant imagine that you lack the capacity to grasp it, and I understand that it disturbs a lot of unfortunately fairy-tale-like notions about the goodness of our country. But we have to come to grips with some reallities here... not the least of which is that nothing started out of the blue last week, except for the eyes of the American people getting popped open. Our job is to turn that eyes-open condition into an actual look around. I'm sorry... but it's time to wake up now. If we don't, we're gonna get us all killed.
What happened last week was a _crime_ , not a war, regardless of how our almost-elected President wants to paint it. So yeah... Get whatever individuals are responsible and prosecute those individuals. Then start fessing up to some of our atrocious behaviour, stop propping up right-wing dictatorships, and on and on ... change our foreign policy to have it reflect the values that we as individuals hold dear, but that we as a nation trample on. The values countless Americans have given their lives to protect, but that our leaders, military*, and corporations, have practically spat upon for decades... It's time we stopped letting them get away with that by just waving a flag in our faces and saying "Look at that evildoer... over there! Here's a gun! Go, boy, go!"
*And by military, I'm referring to those who help create the policies I mentioned, not the average recruit who thinks he or she is just trying to protect mom, home, and apple pie.
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