We fought the Japanese Army, Navy and Air Force island-to-island so we wouldn't have to fight them on American soil. We fought the Germans in Europe so we wouldn't have to fight them here as well. But to make such a statement about a guerrilla military/terrorist force is to invite a reaction, and today's multiple bomb attacks on Londoners during the peak of the morning rush hour was predictable. Frankly, I'm surprised we didn't have a massive terrorist strike somewhere here in America, and that is probably next.
It never ceases to amaze me just how stupid this president is. Then again, it never ceases to amaze me how stupid so many Americans are to repeat an absurdity that suggests all of al Qaeda is in Iraq and Afghanistan, and if we just stay the course of war in both nations, the terrorists won't be able to get out and attack the U.S.A. or our allies. I'm sure when the terrorists heard that little boo-boo, they said, "Oh yeah? Watch this!".
The last report I saw indicated about 40 deaths and climbing, along with around 700 wounded by a guerrilla force that somehow found the time and opportunity to prove Bush and Rumsfeld wrong. What is terribly unfortunate is that too many people have to be shown the error of their thinking by a harsh example like this.
Here in America, our president has done nothing whatsoever to secure our northern and southern borders from illegal entry. By comparison, Britain is far more difficult to illegally enter, yet they were the first ones to be hit by al Qaeda after Bush's speech.
I will once again repeat Worden's Rule of Guerrilla Warfare: It is impossible to militarily defeat a guerrilla force that is largely supported by the general population, unless you are willing to annihilate the general population.
Now, we know al Qaeda is not largely supported by the general population of Great Britain, so the Brits might have a chance against them. But try to remember the Brits were unable to defeat the IRA and finally resorted to a negotiated peace and cease-fire that included allowing the IRA to remain armed. That doesn't sound like a victory to me.
We declared victory in Vietnam after 10 years and 58,000 American lives lost, left, and within two years Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City. That doesn't sound like victory to me.
The Afghan Resistance went head-to-head with the powerful Russian military in the desert, and kicked their butts back to Moscow. Our own guerrilla force, under the wise leadership of George Washington, defeated the British military and sent them limping back to England. And no matter how you want to look at the war in Iraq, the truth is that our armed forces are fighting a guerrilla force that is largely supported by the general population, and because we keep killing non-combatant citizens in Iraq almost daily, that guerrilla force is growing and getting ever more popular.
Now, I've seen it written that one indication of insanity is doing something the exact same way over and over again, and expecting a different result. If anybody thinks we're going to get a different result in Iraq than we did in Vietnam, they're just plain crazy. We tried the "free, democratic elections" thing in Vietnam. The Vietnamese people braved the Viet Cong and went out and voted. There was much hoopla in the press back then as well. For some insane reason, Bush thinks what didn't work in Vietnam will work in Iraq. We made a big deal of building schools and whatnot during the Vietnam War era, just like we're doing in Iraq. It didn't ultimately work in Vietnam, and it won't ultimately prevail in Iraq, either.
is one major difference that just revealed itself today, and this time
the guerrilla force has brought the war to the home of the invader. That
tactic ultimately worked for the IRA in its fight against Britain, so
I'm curious to see how that tactic plays out if successful terrorist attacks
are carried out in homeland America. You see, we've been made a lot of
untested promises about the effectiveness of this new Department of Homeland
Security, and I already know how easy it is to kill thousands of Americans
in coordinated strikes right under their nose, walk away and live to pull
it off another day. You just saw a preview of how easy it was to pull
off in London. Do you have to see it done on the streets of America to
be convinced of just how much trouble this arguably insane president has
gotten us into?
Carl F. Worden