The so-called “innocents” of war
Nobody now can rationally believe that Islamic terrorists will not use weapons of mass destruction against innocent people, weapons they have been busy acquiring. Terrorism of this magnitude will remain a serious threat as long as there exists governments — Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, etc. — that aid, abet, and harbor terrorists.
It would be a self-destructive policy to primarily focus on the individual terrorists or their leaders, such as Osama bin Laden. Such mass murderers are easily replaced these days. Harboring anti-American terrorists is an automatic declaration of war against America.
The U.S. must now demand unconditional surrender of all governments that sponsor Islamic terrorism and then destroy — by whatever means necessary — those governments that refuse. It’s not about vengeance; it’s about justice and self-preservation. Those who oppose this policy on grounds that so-called “innocents” will be killed — an argument that would have saved Hitler — fail to recognize the nature of war and the gravity of the situation.
Since there are no weapons that selectively kill those directly responsible for terrorism, the U.S. can not be morally blamed for “collateral damage.” Such is the price one pays for having an evil government. It is the terrorist-sponsoring governments and those who have appeased them for decades that deserve blame.
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