Tuesday, July 31, 2007

War on Terrorism - in Iraq

Something that's occurred to me a long time ago.

Something that's been spoken about quite a bit for the last several years now. Concerning the 'War on Terrorism' - whether it would be considered a philosophy or strategy, whichever. That - it's better to fight them 'over there' than it is to fight them 'over here.' Supposedly a concept that, after Al-Qaeda attacked us here on 9/11 that it's a better philosophy to take the fight to them in Iraq. Better to fight them over there than over here. That would have made some sense, if it were contained to Afghanistan. Where Al-Qaeda has been set up for some time now.

However, to use that as a strategy/philosophy/reason/excuse for our activity is Iraq is pretty out of place.

As they say "There's Al-Qaeda in Iraq now" - there is now, since we've been there. And they've grown since we've been there, because of our activity.

They're also still in Afghanistan.

Here's my main concern.

The attitude that - 'it's better for us to take the fight over to Iraq, and let the terrorists come there, and better for us to stage the fight there than to have them fighting us here on our soil.'

Well, what consideration does the population of Iraq have in that equation. How is it our right to invite the terrorists of the world to come and fight us in Iraq?

Personally, it seems to me that in cases such as our activity in Iraq, that there should be a consideration of jurisdiction. Is Iraq within our juristiction? Do we have the right to overthrow an existing regime? This is where, I believe, it would be essential to go to the United Nations on such a matter. A dictator can be put on notice that he/she is considered a war criminal, human rights abuser by the world community and that they have a certain amount of time to take certain actions, or the world community (through the U.N.) will consider it their right to take appropriate action.

However, for any one country declaring their right and authority over another by the justification that they have the military power and are able to do so, is not good.

Many, many uninterested civillians in Iraq, devastated by our actions, because, we think that it's better to fight a war on terrorism over there than over here.

Is it our right to make that decision?

Friday, July 13, 2007

Evaluating Al Qaeda

Just watching current coverage concerning President Bush's comments on the current strength of Al Qaeda.

It occurred to me that this would be a good time to make a certain point, without going into too much detail.

Concerning the strength of Al Qaeda - it seems to me that it's worth considering that in regard to whatever impact we've had on eliminating Al Qaeda leadership, that it also needs to be considered that we've also - 'created more Al Qaeda than we've eliminated.'