Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: Homespun Blogger Symposium XXVIII

Time once again to offer the correct an answer for the weekly Homespun Blogger Symposium. This is a group of bloggers who simply aren't professional (there's professionals?), and they have a weekly question, linkfests, best-of posts, and even a radio program. If you're a non-profit blogger just blogging for the fun of it, check them out.

In the meantime, their question for this week:

This week saw terrorism raise it's ugly head in London killing more than 50 people, wounding over 700.

Based on this recent attack...do you feel that we're winning, losing, or holding our own in fighting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)?

I'm not completely sure I understand the question as it has been phrased. The primary question is "Are we winning the war on terror?" However, it's modified by "based on the London attack." I think the global war is much, much bigger than any one act, so I'm going to ignore that modifier and simply answer "Are we winning the war on terror."

Yes. Next question?

Oh, you're wondering why I think that way? Let's take a look at Afghanistan. This is a country that the Soviets tried for years to get under control -- and they failed again and again. In a very short time, the United States went in and shut down the terrorist training camps and gave this country some freedom. I'm not saying it's perfect, but compare it with 20 years ago.

Same thing in Iraq -- a despot ruled with an iron fist, killing tens of thousands of his own people. They are now voting in relatively free elections. The state-sponsored terrorism is gone, replaced now with less organized terrorists.

Are we done? Certainly that's not all. The attack in London shows that these people are on the run. They don't have any way to convince people of their ideas, so they can only kill others. I don't know how they think they can win that war -- there's an awful lot of us out here for them to kill before they can win.

At the same time, most of them will not stop until someone is dead. This is simply an expansion of a religious war that has been going on for centuries -- only recently Islam has decided they are going to start their outreach programs (kill the unbeliever) all around the world.

Folks, this IS down to us or them. The war will not end until all freedom-loving people are dead, or the attackers themselves realize that they cannot win. We are winning -- they can only resort to murdering innocents, their last resort.

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