I'VE BEEN thinking about different ways to apply the principles of coordinated efforts and concentration of force, and one of the ideas I had was posting a challenging comment as an article so many more of us could get a chance to respond to it.
And here is my first opportunity. A commenter named Marsden left the following comment on the post, An Indecent Level of Decency. You can respond to it by clicking here. Or email your response to me, and I'll post it for you. Marsden's comment is the eleventh comment on that post. This is what Marsden wrote:
"An ideology which kills so many innocent people" to me that sounds as if it refers to the similar to the governments who invaded Iraq.
Innocents killed by Taliban and Al Qaeda: An estimated 15,000
Innocents killed by the USA and her allies in Iraq alone: Excess of 100,000.
I am pleased that your nation did not degrade him; however you have still condemned Osama as a murderer, then proceeded to kill him. There is an illogic to that very argument. There were 40 US Navy Seals when he was killed, what prevented them from taking him alive? Why didn't they use flashbangs? Why wasn't he trialed at the ICC? Osama has had a great injustice done unto him.
How many of you even know the 3 key aims of Al Qaeda? Their aims are not overtly radical or without reason. Their aims are what you would fight for if your nation was occupied and threatened by a foreign power.
What I do condemn Al Qaeda for are their methods. I despise terrorism and torture as much as any other person.
1. An end to the illegitimate political entity of Israel. Possibly the most extreme of their aims. However, look at it from their side, Israel has murdered hundreds of innocent Palestinan civilians. If these people being murdered were Christians there would be a Western outrage.
2. Removal of all US military bases from the Middle East. A fair aim, how does US military presence in the Middle East differ from the colonial powers of the 18th and 19th Centuries? Not by much.
3. Formation of an Islamic superstate. Another fair aim. Europe got the European Union, North America have links in NATO and East Asia got the Shanghai Pact. Not one of these organisations represents Islam, the second largest religion in the world, yet with no superpower to represent it.
I'm open for debate with whoever desires one.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
If you'd like to respond to this, click here. Do it for sport. Do it for practice. And do it to overwhelm this point of view with better facts and arguments, so people who come to the page ever after will have sufficient ammunition to answer others on this same topic. Marsden's point of view here is not that uncommon, and it needs to be thoroughly answered. Are you ready? Go here. Or email it to me, and I'll post it for you anonymously.