A Return To The “War On Terror”

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?

Source: The ‘War On Terrorism’ Isn’t Working by — Antiwar.com

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.

Source: 45 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized – Washington Post

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.

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13 thoughts on “A Return To The “War On Terror”

  1. I can only remark on the obviously elegant simplicity of your suggested paradigm change, as being too simple for those whom it might do the most good…. But then, that could be said of our entire species, I think, and all we do….How often has humanity paid any attention to the obvious, simplest answers?

    Hmph. Politics is still poopadoodle, isn’t it?….

    gigoid, the dubious

      1. ‘Them’ Divide & Rule Name of the Game
        “Cui bono” ….for those that benefit.
        Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As To War….
        as gigoid says ‘sigh’
        Morning! chuq

  2. We have had terror attacks for much longer here, with the IRA active for decades on the mainland, as well as in Ulster. European countries had ETA, Brigate Rosse, Baader-Meinhof’s RAF, and many more. There has been a ‘war on terror’ for as long as I can recall. Once America got involved after 9/11, it suddenly seemed to assume a greater importance. Funny that…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I tried to write about that many years ago and NO one would pay attention….only important if it is about the US us just bullsh*t…..chuq

  3. Nowt really….just watching this ‘Macabre Theatre’ unfold in all it’s grizzly detail….cannot keep away from it..damm!
    June elections coming up…funny coincidence, Manchester bombing…Corbyn was on the rise…now Corbyn is being pushed out through FEAR…vote Conservative! & their agenda…..even my bro in Dubai knows what is going on…ghastly place UAE,Qatar & Saudi. Meanwhile the slaughter in Yemen continues.
    FYI
    ‘Sorted’ by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi https://shar.es/1Rv4ra via @MiddleEastEye

      1. Amber Rudd is zio controlled..plenty of evidence (in regard to middle east eye article)..all parties here are including Labour. Corbyn knows the game but the rest of the Labour party are friends of Israel. The last thing they want is Corbyn in & even if he gets in he has the dubious job of coming up against his party.Sad state of affairs. No coincidence Manchester bombing.

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