The war on terror. There is a bit of laughter that should come with that statement. As the last three years have unfolded, and the war, which really started over 20 years ago has developed, and as I have had time to view it, my opinion is as follows. The war is not a winable war. The reason for that is that it is not a traditional war. Here is the problem. How do you win the opinions of those that would kill you. You have two options. Either bow to what they want, or kill them. But the problem is that by killing them, you are only going to give them power. Martyr status. Thus begins a never ending cycle that will continue until the end of time. Example: Israel. They are in a cycle with the palistinians that will never end. There cannot, and will not be peace until both sides agree to live in peace. Madmen do not make such sanctions without political gain. So, both sides have to be viewed as the victor in their minds, and ideologies. It cannot happen. So, now that the US has been fully brought into the conflict, we are at a crossroads. I have long contended that you must kill the terrorist before they kill you, and in some cases, that is true. But it cannot be a blanket statement that applies to every situation. Example. Say we knew about 9/11. Them we should arrest, or kill those who are going to go through with the plot beforehand. But, should we really go looking for them? That is the problem that we have now. How do we conduct a war that was forced on us, and yet we continue to force? What is Iraq really. Well, here is my opinion. Iraq is a diversion in a classic sense. It is a place to fight the war, were our civilians will not suffer. With a goal of democracy. The notion that a thriving democracy will lead to others in the region through envy? Reality is that by fighting the Iraq war, we have given the terrorists a haven in which to conduct offensive operations against our military, not our civilians. In some ways this is briliant to protecting the home land, and in others, it is insanity. We cannot use other countries civilians so that ours are protected. Reguardless of the notion of WMD's, terror links, etc. Iraq was chosen because the initial phase of the war would be simple. An easy enemy to humiliate on the field of battle. The country would then serve as a theater to fight the terroists on "their soil". The underlying problem is that more, and more are coming. An endless drove of those that hate this country. So, how do we stop it. How do we end this war. First. We have to leave Israel's fail policies and adopt those of common sense. We cannot blindly follow their whims and be the only power in the world that stands by them. Thus, we must force them to be adopted with the palistinians. We must stand by the UN and enforce the sanctions that have been placed on Israel. We must stand by the palistians and let them know that we will work for them, and Israel. There can be a forced peace if Israel thinks we will leave their side. Futhermore, by enforcing a peace, the radical sects of Islam will view us differently. If we force Israel into adopting a Palistinian state, things will change. Second. We must remove the debt of poorer countries through the IMF. This has started to happen, but it cannot be words, it has to be reality. We have to adopt a strategy of appeasement. I hate to say it, but money can be a powerful friend, and we have plenty of it. Third. We have to get out of Iraq in conjuction with the Israeli move. We have to get that country back into the hands of Iraqi's. We have to do it quickly, and it has to be in conjunction with the goal in Israel. Fourth. We have to secure this country. I am not saying that we have to loose freedoms, but we can secure the boarders, and ports. With technology today, do you really think that we cannot keep those out of this country that we want to keep out? We know more than people think we do. Fifth. We have to divert funds. 200 billion on Iraq is insane. That 200 billion being put into humanitarian efforts would change the worlds opinion of this country. Thus, if attacked again, it would truely be a world effort answering the call of the United States. What do you think?