War over

This is War on Terror the boardgame

This is War on Terror the boardgame (Photo credit: Cokaigne)

Let’s declare the Global War on Terror (GWOT) over; we won. We’ll maintain vigilance, but we want our rights back. No more killing innocents abroad via drones and no more extensive spying on Americans at home or our allies abroad. There will always be some terrorists, but the war is over. Let’s  celebrate.

GWOT (Global War On Terror)

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) now seems to be being fought mainly with drones. I oppose their use because too many innocents die with a few of the guilty, and that causes more to join with al-Qaeda in opposition to the US. If I were in President’s Obama‘s shoes, I am not sure what I would do. He is responsible for protecting the US, and he faces political pressures from both the Right and the Left. Those on the Right such as John McCain and John Bolton favor settling all international disputes by the use of American military force. And some on the Left oppose the use of force in almost all cases.

War Footing

Frank Gaffney

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War Footing, 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World by Frank J. Gaffney and colleagues. Please note that the GWOT, Global War on Terrorism, has been promoted to the War for the Free World. This is the Neocon view of the world. I believe that the threat is greatly exaggerated, especially the Iranian nuclear threat. Therefore I was particularly struck by the following passage.

“In particular, we need to provide resistance groups with training in the tactics and tools of nonviolent conflict. One place to do so would be through the creation of independent trade unions in Iran. Like the Communist government in Poland, the Islamic Republic seeks to regulate and control all union activity. Unions can be powerful catalysts for liberty by channeling public discontent into irresistible forces for change.”

Funny how conservatives view unions as good in Iran and bad in the US. How can they justify that position?