[lit-ideas] Re: the standard for higher standards

  • From: Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 13:32:32 -0500

>>That aside, it's the lack of a revenge motive that really matters. With that put away we can think about the means to your end, which isn't 'kill them all', that being the means, but that '9/11 doesn't happen again', the end.


Now examine my premise if you want: only a decisive defeat of the enemy will bring about lasting peace. Negotiated ceasefires will only bring about temporary respites that allow the enemy to rearm and redirect their forces, thus continuing the conflict.

Show me how the militant Islamic terrorists would use a negotiated settlement for anything other than rearming and redirecting.

So far the trend has been in the opposite direction: coordinated attacks of increasing severity throughout the '90s up to 9/11. To follow that pattern, the next coordinated attack would have to involve WMDs.
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