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How do we win?

George Bush today said that he is "inclined to believe that we do need to increase our troops..." to fight the war on terror. He also stated that we are in an ideological war that's going to persist for "a while". That is a true statement, if by "a while", Bush means "forever". I've had a problem with the war on terror since its inception in 2001. My gut feeling was -- and still is -- that you can't wage war on an ideology or a concept. We can stop one terrorist, of even one thousand of them, but there will always be another waiting to attack. Admittedly, I don't know how to end global terrorism, but I don't think that anyone does, including our politicians and military. I'm certain that throwing more troops at the problem, however, is not the solution. We have already lost almost 3,000 Americans in the war in Iraq, which is at least the number we lost in the 9/11 attacks.

People who are hell-bent on seeing the demise of the United States will not be deterred by sanctions, death, or any other consequence of which we're currently aware. It's unlikely, then, that throwing military might at the problem is going to be effective. Terrorists simply aren't afraid to die for their cause, and will gladly engage in battle to defend it.

Waging a war on terror to me seems as effective as employing the death penalty as a deterrent to murder. In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the war on terror and -- more specifically -- the war in Iraq, have increased global terrorism. I don't have a solution for eradicating terrorism, but I don't think the Bush Administration does, either. I'm inclined to believe the solution isn't a military one. How many troops must we sacrifice before we declare ourselves victorious in the war on terror?

Ideas, anyone?


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