"Cheer up. Were winning this War on Terror"

#2
"In the past three years, there has not been a attack on anything like the scale(of 9/11, Madrid or 7/7)"

FFS, this ranks with "They could'nt hit an elephant at this dis-BANG!" 8O

It's fcuking ASKING for a spectacular! :evil:
 
#4
"Winning" is a relative term, what is the endstate that catagorizes winning? I would suggest we are just holding the line.
 
#5
I think the last paragraph is particularly poignant and well observed: "The right response to the loss of brave souls................. is not an immediate call for retreat. It is, first of all, pride; a great, deep conviction that it is on such sacrifice that our own freedoms have always rested. Then, defiance. How foolish is the enemy that it might think our grief is really some prelude to their victory? Finally, CONFIDENCE. We are prevailing in this struggle. We know it. And everywhere: in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and among Muslims around the world, the enemy knows it too. "

How typical that the two respondents to this thread so far are negative - we are winning we should have that confidence.
 
#6
Ivor_Biggin said:
I think the last paragraph is particularly poignant and well observed: "The right response to the loss of brave souls................. is not an immediate call for retreat. It is, first of all, pride; a great, deep conviction that it is on such sacrifice that our own freedoms have always rested. Then, defiance. How foolish is the enemy that it might think our grief is really some prelude to their victory? Finally, CONFIDENCE. We are prevailing in this struggle. We know it. And everywhere: in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and among Muslims around the world, the enemy knows it too. "

How typical that the two respondents to this thread so far are negative - we are winning we should have that confidence.
"Negative". A word used by the niave to discribe the realistic... :roll:
 
#7
Gerard Baker

Afghanistan has been a signal success... Establishing a stable government for the whole nation is painstaking work, years in the making. It might never be completed. But that was not the principal objective of the war there.
And what is the pincipal objective? Later or sooner the war will end. All wars in human history have ended. So what would be the result? How the victory would look? Likely the author himself hasn't idea about it.

The second great advance in the War on Terror has been in Iraq.
It is widely recognised that Iraq was not a source of terrorism during Saddam's rule. So hardly Iraq could be regarded as a success namely in the war against terrorism.

Let's look what Garard Baker wrote about Iraq war in 2007

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article2067022.ece

How paranoid little Napoleons took over America

Iraq and immigration have shown US politics at its worst

Gerard Baker

The most depressing spectacle is unfolding over Iraq. Washington has reached the stage where vital national interests – and the security of much of the world – are being determined almost entirely by immediate, panicky political considerations. Americans want their troops home.
 

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