[lit-ideas] Re: Priorities

**Are you not concerned with the loss of life, the personal sacrifices 
necessary in this long-term, unpredictable engagement??  The Talmud 
states that each person, each life is a universe...  Would you volunteer 
your life, your children's?? Would even Bentham agree?? Are our 
objectives pure (Kant)??

TC,

/Steve Cameron, NJ



Lawrence Helm wrote:

> I suppose we could use the word "war," in several different ways, but in
> this case the matter was hinging off a statement I had made, namely that our
> War in Iraq was extremely successful when compared to other major wars and
> that we suffered the fewest number of casualties of any major war.  
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> In regard to the insurgency, I'm sure the insurgents would claim they were
> in a war, but I doubt they'd claim it was a war of attrition because they do
> not have big numbers on their side.  Rather they would hope to stir up
> enough trouble to cause the U.S. to cut and run -- something the Middle East
> had grown used to during the Bush Sr and Clinton administrations. 
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> Osama bin Laden hoped to involve the US in a long drawn-out war in
> Afghanistan.  George Friedman (founder of Stratfor) in America’s Secret War
> argues to that effect.   OBL and Al Quaeda probably “war game” as much as
> any military force, and they considered all the possibilities they could
> imagine and didn’t think they could lose in Afghanistan.  What the US
> actually did there caught them and the Taliban by surprise.  We can see by
> OBLs recent messages that he would be satisfied if we would get bogged down
> in Iraq (he previously hoped to bog us down in Afghanistan).  He urges the
> insurgents to keep on fighting.  
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> However, I’m convinced that OBL will be disappointed once again.  Our
> fall-back position isn’t to hunker down and battle insurgents for years.
> Our fall-back position is to declare victory and leave.  But this would
> result in a civil war, Shiite against Sunni that would probably keep Middle
> Eastern nations and Islamists preoccupied for a good long while.  By that I
> mean getting the Shiites up to speed militarily and then saying “good luck,”
> and leaving.  Many of the Shiites are holding grudges against the Sunnis and
> if we left prematurely, they might well engage in a little ethnic cleansing.
> That would take care of the insurgents rather quickly and neatly if it
> weren’t that the Syrians and other Sunnis would probably come to their aid.
> Iran would be supportive of the Iraqi Shiites.  Saudi Arabia hates the
> Shiites and would panic.  They would open their coffers to pay for as much
> support of the Iraqi Sunnis as they could buy. 
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> Knowing that events could play out that way, we are trying to make sure that
> there is a Democratic government in Iraq that guarantees rights for Sunnis,
> Kurds and Shiites before we leave.
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> Lawrence Helm
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> San Jacinto
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven G. Cameron
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> **Might this then (currently) qualify as a war of "attrition"??
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> TC,
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> /Steve Cameron, NJ
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