[FoRK] bin Laden offers truce & why that's unacceptable

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Jan 19 15:17:09 PST 2006


He/they should have started with a truce.  And didn't the attacks 
already reach our shores?  The long arm of the American giant woken by 
9/11 won't stop until ObL and anyone working with him are no longer 
free.  It's messy, ridiculously costly, and half (at least) the 
decisions are between misguided and illegal, but it will be a while 
before someone questions America's willingness to smack someone back who 
smacks us.  The US won't run out of money, and we've only begun to get 
creative about solving the problem.  If I were in charge, I would have 
placed emphasis on both muslim-native infiltration and technology to 
automatically suppress shots / missiles in a fire zone.  There have been 
projects to do the latter, but I'd be rushing them to test and funding 
competition until I could run automated vehicle convoys non-stop to draw 
fire, fire back, scope out mines, and provide cover for vehicles with 
human passengers.

Right now, I'd be providing favor to peaceful areas and immediate 
sanctions on insurgent areas until locals helped themselves.

Overall, I'd have an intensive education program for Iraq and 
Afghanistan that explains democracy, lawful society, philosophical 
differences, progressive rather than regressive ideas, etc.  I'd even 
have a program to pair Iraqi families with American or European families.

My impression is that part of the reason that Bush was reelected was 
that a significant portion of voters wanted to make sure we kept a bull 
in the china until the "job is done", damn the consequences.  The 
mistake of those now-terrorists (ObL & co.) who thought America was weak 
because we had a civilized and/or apparently bumbling leader is that 
they don't get that the effective personality of the country can change 
every 4 years, sometimes drastically, and there are infinite resources 
and adaptability available if really necessary.  Consider that all of 
the troops, money, effort, technology, fuel, and other resources have 
had no measurable-to-the-average person cost so far in the US.  The key 
component of winning WWII was, I believe, factory production in the US 
along with a few good decisions.  Different kind of war of course, but 
consider the kinds of automated technology and communication that we 
could now produce.  Imagine every border crossing, road, and public 
place having automated biometric surveillance with continuous 
identification and tracking.  Big American Brother indeed.

I'd prefer to get civilized and intelligent back in office, but I want 
some parts of the world to learn a lesson too: Don't act like barbarians 
(to us especially) or we'll get medieval back.

Now, of course Iraqis (at least the ones who were in Iraq when they were 
"liberated") aren't the same as ObL's crew, but there are those now who 
seem to have the same viewpoints and drive to kill and resistance to 


Lorin Rivers wrote:
> According to CNN in the audio tape purported to be from ObL:
> "In response to the substance of the polls in the U.S., which indicate
> that Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do
> they want Muslims to fight them on their land, we do not mind offering
> a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stick to.
> "We are a nation that God banned from lying and stabbing others in the
> back. Hence, both parties of the truce will enjoy stability and
> security to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by war.
> "There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of
> billions from going to influential people and warlords in America --
> those who supported Bush's electoral campaign. And from this, we can
> understand Bush and his gang's insistence on continuing the war," the
> voice said.
> White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the tape suggested bin
> Laden was "under pressure." He also dismissed the idea of a truce,
> saying, "We must confront threats before it is too late...before the
> attacks reach our shores."
> McClellan continued "Have you seen Haliburton's stock price? I can be
> a tool all day long for that kind of money!"
> (last bit is mine, obviously) but ObL seems to have hit the nail on the head...
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