Terrorism returns to the headlines…..the recent attack in Manchester, England….will be interesting to see how this plays out in the media….and even more interesting to see how the Right wing slander blogs handle the attack.
After 16 years of the War on Terror the question could be asked…..is this war actually accomplishing anything….but making lobbyists wealthy?
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over in the expectation of a different result, then our foreign policy surely qualifies as madness. Since 2001, in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States has been in a state of constant warfare: the Afghan conflict has been ongoing since that time, the longest sustained combat in our history. From Iraq to Syria to Somalia and beyond, US forces and their proxies are engaged in a “war on terrorism” that shows no signs of slowing down, only expanding.
And where has it gotten us?
Terrorism has been a tactic for thousands of years…however it became forefront about 45 years ago…..
From 1970-2015: 4,724 people died from bombings. 2,588 from assassinations. 2,365 from assaults. 548 from hostage situations. 159 from hijackings. 114 from building attacks. Thousands wounded or missing.
The question remains…..is this fight winnable?
MY opinion is NO it cannot. Because terrorism is a tactic not an entity….one cannot kill an idea only the man who uses it.