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Reader Response Questions Answered about America's Part in Terrorism

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In response to one of my readers who left a very detailed statement after an article, I would like to answer some of the questions and make statements of his statements.

The comment by the reader started with a question.... Matter of fact, there were many questions, and all will be addressed right here.

 Then, now I'm asking you, what's the definition of "terrorist"?

First, terrorism symbolized violence. The term "terror" is largely used to indicate clandestine, low-intensity violence that targets civilians and generates public fear. That's what happened in New York City on September 11, 2001. Terrorism is more commonly understood as an act which is intended to create fear (terror), is perpetrated for an ideological goal (as opposed to a materialistic goal or a lone attack), and deliberately targets (or disregards the safety of) non-combatants(civilians of the Twin Towers). Some definitions also include acts of unlawful violence or unconventional warfare, but at present, there is no internationally agreed upon definition of terrorism. A person who practices terrorism is a terrorist. Acts of terrorism are defined as criminal acts according to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 and the domestic jurisprudence of almost all nations.
The word “terrorism” is politically and emotionally charged, and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. A 1988 study by the United States Army found that over 100 definitions of the word “terrorism” have been used. The concept of terrorism is itself controversial because it is often used by states to delegitimize political or foreign opponents, and potentially legitimize the state's own use of terror against them.

I was then asked by the reader, "Don't you think that sending millions of soldier to Iraq/Afghanistan is not a "terror"? Don't you realize that most of the victims are the commoners?

America is known as the leader of the free world. America is a strong country that is destined to fight against terror, including countries like Iraq and Afghanistan that house terrorists. We will fight for "liberty and justice for all".The terrorists came on American soil, so now America comes to them. Not as terrorists, but to rid the world of terrorism and the people who promote it. It is unfortunate in a time of war that innocent civilians get killed. That has been going on for centuries. But just recently, not until September 11, 2001 in the United States of America, has so many people been killed who did not have the slightest idea what was coming. They were innocent people, working every day families with loved ones at home that lost their lives to the ideal of 'terrorism' in the hands of 'terrorists. People who get caught in a war know what can happen to them, and unfortunately some innocent people get killed. That is a downfall of war.
Personally, I agree with you to a point. I also feel it was wrong for the United States to start a war in Iraq, and join a war in Afghanistan. President Bush was DEAD WRONG for going there. His advisors gave him wrong advise, but he failed America as the Commander and Chief and must be held responsible for all of the soldier deaths and civilian deaths in both countries along with the torture he let happen. To this day, no biological weapons were found. But at least he did get one thing right, and that was to mount a war against terrorism. That is my personal belief, but I still do stand up to the fact that terrorists must be eradicated to protect the innocent free world from terror. The bombing on September 11, 2001 gave the United States the best reason in the world to go on the offensive to fight terrorism. If 9/11 never happened, the United States would have never started the war in Iraq and continued in Afghanistan. You can thank Osama Bin Laden and the terrorists that came to America and hold them personally responsibile for the civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
   Then I was asked, "What do you think about Obama's plan to ressurect the Guantanamo bay deteinees? In fact, several weeks after chairing the presidency, Obama promised to stop Guantanamo bay. And now he track it back. When he issued this policy, John McCain of Republican was very very happy because finally, Obama follows Bush's administration."

The latest I heard was that President Obama will close down Guantanamo bay. He has asked other countries to help out with housing the detainees, but I do not believe that any of these countries are willing to help. There has been lots of outrage with the suggestion that these 'terrorists' will be in jails accross the United States. Unless President Obama comes up with another plan, that is where they will be. One think is for sure, he would never release them in the United States. They would be deported to other countries.
President Obama never reversed his decision, he just changed his decision date. The reasons for changing the date were mainly because now he had the benefit of his Intelligence Force to give him information and advice.

I was posed 2 more questions by the reader of my blog. The first question.....

What do you think about Obama's plan to withdraw American soldiers from Iraq, before finally send them to Afghanistan?

I think that it is important to carry out a withdrawal to remove forces from Iraq, as the Iraqi army should be capable of policing their own country shortly. I think it is equally important that America continue to  fight a war against 'terrorists' and 'terrorism'. Most of Osama Bin Laden's terrorist forces are in Afghanistan and it has been reported by good sources that this is where Osama Bin Laden is hiding in one of his holes. He is known in America as the number one terrorist in the world, so naturally, America will not leave the area until Osama bin Laden is caught and executed. All the leaders of the free world back the United States of America and want Osama Bin Laden captured and killed. No doubt he sealed his fate when he led the terrorists on September 11, 2001 in New York City. If more innocent civilians get killed in Afghanistan, it is because Osama bin Laden is hiding like an earth worm in one of the holes in the ground and is hard to capture.

The last question:  Why Obama/America is calling for halt of Iran nuclear project, which is actualyl intended to build an Electricity Generator, not a military aim. Have you forgot that America is the only country in the world that had ever used nuclear bomb? Have you forgot Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Back on February 8th, 2009, addressing Iran directly, Mr Biden reiterated the "hand" that President Obama had "stretched out" but said Iran faces a stark choice. "Continue down your current course and there will be pressure and isolation; abandon your illicit nuclear program and support for terrorism and there will be meaningful incentives." President Obama also called for North Korea to do the same. Nuclear testing and building of weapons have been outlawed by nations around the world, and neither one of these two countries trying to buck the system now have right to participate in nuclear projects if they want to survive in a global existance.

In response to your statement about the United States being the only country to use the Atomic Bomb, try to understand the following.....

On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Tibbetts, was chosen to make the mission. The mission was recorded as successful by Capt. William S. Parson at 9:20 A.M. This was an extremely controversial military strategy in the United States. Was the United States justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb? Yes, they were justified for many reasons. The primary reason was, that it would stop the war. Why is it that this war needed to be stopped so badly? Even though in some ways it was helping our economy, it was very costly in both money and lives. Also, the United States soldiers were undergoing harsh treatment by the unmerciful Japanese. Another reason the war needed to be stopped was to defend ourselves from another attack on U.S. soil, which in turn would kill many of our U.S. citizens. This is why the war needed to be stopped; thus, justifying the use of the atomic bomb. World War II was the costliest war in history, in terms of lives lost. No exact figures exist, but approximately between 15 and 20 million military personnel were killed. Of these, 292,000 were Americans and 6,000 innocent United States citizens were murdered by our enemies. It has been estimated that if the United States had not dropped the bomb and had invaded Japan instead, the United States would have lost about a million soldiers. Right after the bomb was dropped, the war ended.


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