Now, bear with me for a moment, but to declare war on a state of mind seems like a bit of an uphill struggle. Unlike the 'War on Drugs' or declaring war on a particular country, where there is a tangible target...You can show a picture of your enemy on the news and say 'We must defeat this enemy', there is no defense against terrorism, there is no way to hunt it down and kill it(no matter how many Afghan caves you look in)And it has got me thinking. Can you really win a war on terror. If you look at the North the IRA was not defeated in battle while it was weakened by spies etc the Omagh bomb showed that there was still people ready to murder to advance the republican cause. America seems to think that getting Osama will stop the war but if you look at the last two attacks in Madrid and London it was not organised by Osama. You cannot defeat terror solely by killing. True you can eliminate the ring leaders in a hope that the organisation might fall. But if the mind set, the idea, the state of mind still exists to use terrorism then no amount of bombs, armies, fighter jet can ever defeat terrorism. As terrorism is not a tangible thing it is a state of mind. To defeat terrorism you must win the battle for the hearts and minds. Looking at the violence over the Danish cartoons it is clear the we are not the ones winning the hearts and minds of the islamic world.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Terrorism a state of mind
New Blogger J.D Vega said of the war on terror.