This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Ending Suicide Terrorism

From by Rep. Ron Paul I have cut some out, but here is what I found most interesting..........

'Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win, explains the strategic logic of suicide terrorism. Pape has collected a database of every suicide terrorist attack between 1980 and 2004, all 462 of them. His conclusions are enlightening and crucial to our understanding the true motivation behind the attacks against Western nations by Islamic terrorists. After his exhaustive study, Pape comes to some very important conclusions.

Religious beliefs are less important than supposed.

The clincher is this: the strongest motivation, according to Pape, is not religion but rather a desire "to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the terrorists view as their homeland."The best news is that if stopping suicide terrorism is a goal we seek, a solution is available to us. Cease the occupation of foreign lands, and the suicide missions will cease. Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the U.S., the French, and Israel withdrew their forces from Lebanon, there were no more attacks. The reason the attacks stop, according to Pape, is that the Osama bin Ladens of the world no longer can inspire potential suicide terrorists despite their continued fanatical religious beliefs.

Pape is convinced after his extensive research that the longer and more extensive the occupation of Muslim territories, the greater the chance of more 9/11-type attacks on the U.S. He is convinced that the terrorists strategically are holding off hitting the U.S. at the present time in an effort to break up the coalition by hitting our European allies. He claims it is just a matter of time if our policies do not change.'

Then, there was another article...........the last line really hit me hard.

“We’re the ones who are clinging to a war that nobody wants to fight anymore,” Vlahos said in a reference to traditional warfighting methods.

He was talking about methods of warfare, but think about that line: We're the ones who are clinging to a war that nobody wants to fight anymore. If Pape is right, the suicide bombers don't want to blow themselves up any more than any of us want to be blown up. They want us OUT of their homelands. How do we force this administration to change their policies? The neocons would be happy if this war in Iraq never ended, and dragged the entire middle east into the caldron. They see it as the war to change the world. The wingnuts see it as the path to Armageddon and the Rapture. How the hell do we get this kind of influence out of Washington? This scares me more than the idea of terrorism.

The really pessimistic part of me says that we are indeed in Iraq because of oil. That we are at Peak Oil and that as India and China continue to increase their rates of consumption we are headed for a nuclear showdown. And sadly, I think that we could avert this by an aggressive war on foreign oil dependency at home, but that it would take massive financial and human resources that are being squandered in Iraq. And would the American public be willing to make the sacrifices necessary here at home? A little voice inside of me says I am a fool if I believe that. That voice says that secretly, many of us would rather stay in Iraq and try to expand our influence and occupation rather than take the harder road to energy independence and peace.


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