In response to my posting of the deaths in Iraq (Here), I received the following:LordVadium: why dont you post the 3000+ Americans killed in the world trade center, the pentagon and flight 93 in PA?
Well, there's a two word answer to that question: It's irrelevant. It's about as relevant as posting the deaths of those who died in Vietnam. I can't stress this enough: those who were responsible for what happened on September 11th are not the same ones that take the lives of soldiers in Iraq.
Let me say that again to sink in to everyone who doesn't quite grasp the point (you know who you are): those who were responsible for what happened on September 11th are not the same ones that take the lives of soldiers in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda was responsible for what happened on September 11th. Militant Sunni and Baathists (I don't know how to spell it) who seek more than a minority share of power in Iraq are responsible for the insurgency in Iraq. THEY ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS. JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH MUSLIM AND LIVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST DOES NOT MAKE THEM THE SAME GROUP.
Once again, let me say that again to "catapult the propaganda." Al-Qaeda and Iraq insurgency are not the same group.
This brings me to another point which I don't think enough people are saying: we are losing the war on terror. Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden are ruthless, hearless people who deserve to die. But one thing they are not is stupid. Any idiot can figure out how the United States would respond if someone kills 3,000 of their people. No, they're not going to dismantle their entire government at the drop of a hat and submit to a Muslim theocracy. There isn't a man among them who believed that this would happen.
No, the events of September 11th only set things into motion. The long-term goal of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda is to polarize the world into pro and anti-Islam. They believe that pro-Islam forces will defeat the anti-Islam forces of the west and they will rid the world of 'infidels.'
Given the response that LordVadium gave me and given the comments that I have heard from other people I know, this goal of global war does not seem out of reach. It certainly seems much closer than prior to 2001.