Okay, let's cut the leadership some slack. It's all the people's fault that we lost this war. Let's blame them instead. It wasn't Napoleon's fault that he lost (or won). It was the French people, right? So let me get this straight. This is a necessary war, but not an important one. Is that right? And kindly point out the bothersome non sequiturs. ----- Original Message ----- From: Lawrence Helm To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 1/20/2006 8:38:47 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Text of bin Laden Tape You are giving me a headache with your non sequiturs. I didn?t discuss the ?importance,? but I do believe it is a necessary war. It can become more important if we dilly dally and let them win more than we ought to let them win. You have introduced several tangents which don?t seem important. We have an implacable enemy. We may or may not be fighting him as enthusiastically as we ought. From the fact that so many people want us to withdraw prematurely from Iraq (to the delight of Osama) it is clear that millions don?t understand the ?importance? of fighting this enemy. So perhaps the people you refer to as not doing something right ought to be given some slack for not fighting them as well as they might. Lawrence From: lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy Amago Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 5:25 PM To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Text of bin Laden Tape Well, if it was such an important war, why wasn't it fought more seriously? Why did the Army have to laugh at their proposal and insist on a larger army than what Rove & Co. wanted, and still be nowhere close to what was needed? Why was there no plan for after Baghdad fell? Why did we go to war with the army we had instead of the army we needed (a paraphrase)? Why cut taxes when the money is needed for military spending to fund the army to fight this war that we need so desperately? Yadda yadda. In short, why was it not waged as if it was an important war? If you say it was the Democrats' fault, then you're passing the buck. The Republicans run the show and he had everybody's approval in any case. ----- Original Message ----- From: Lawrence Helm To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 1/20/2006 8:13:44 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Text of bin Laden Tape Thanks: It shouldnt be beyond you that I support this present war or compare it to WWII, but I know where you get your info so Im not surprised that it is. In WWII we were attacked by adherents of fascist philosophies who hoped to conquer us. On 9/11 we were attacked by adherents of a fascist ideology who hoped to conquer us. (And that wasnt the first attack or the first declaration of war against us by adherents of this ideology.) Information about the Fascist regimes of WWII was readily available to the curious. Information about Islamist Fascist regimes and strategies is also available to the curious. Since I am not a pacifist I do not wish to be conquered by the Islamists. I dont even want our nation to be attacked by them. Furthermore, since I have been curious about the players I have spent a lot of time checking them out. Iraq was an enormous impediment in the way of our war against the Islamists. The war against Iraq has been a tremendous success in the war against the Islamists. You of course wont have heard that yet, but you will. Of course the Islamists are slippery devils ready to pull the wool over the eyes of the unwary. See Andre Nusses Muslim Palestine as an example of how they operate. The Islamists dont fit the Western preconception of Nation States. Sayyid Qutb didnt believe in the separation of the ummah into nations. This information is available to the curious and energetic. Thus, since the Islamists have declared war against us, we who arent pacifists, seek to oppose them. The Middle East, thanks to WWI and especially the British and French is messy. They split the Middle East up in awkward national groupings. The Islamists want to do away with all borders although as Nusse indicates, local Islamist groups can support political factions that provide them with some advantage. They can never settle for such agreements as ultimate solutions, but they can agree to them keeping the word temporary in the forefront of their thinking. Islamists function in and have agreements with factions and regimes throughout the Middle East and in all Islamic nations. Fighting them is going to be difficult. It is going to require imagination. Alas, we shall probably get very very bloody before w e (as a nation) acquire any. Lawrence From: lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy Amago Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 3:35 PM To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Text of bin Laden Tape Lawrence, welcome back! Glad to see that you're still supporting this war. How you can compare this war to WWII is beyond me, but welcome back anyway. It's good to see your post.