Skip to comments.Europe's Quieter War on Terrorism [U.S. should "move on" from 9/11 attacks -- it's a police matter]
Posted on 09/27/2004 10:24:36 AM PDT by 68skylark
Some EU members question Bush's plan
MADRID A citybound train rumbled along with purpose on the same commuter line where bombs inflicted brutal carnage on March 11, killing 191 people and wounding hundreds more.
On a day this month, passengers read their newspapers, snoozed and chatted. The mood suggested that Spaniards, hardened by decades of struggle against terrorism, have moved on, and that Americans and Europeans have responded in vastly different ways to the threat of global terrorism.
For the United States, the response to Sept. 11 was to launch a "war on terror," one cast in terms of good and evil and marked with somber ceremonies, fought more with armies than with indictments. But for Spain, as well as for France, Germany and Britain, all countries that have suffered a history of terrorist violence, the focus is a "struggle" against a criminal element.
These European countries have expressed a more quiet but collective resolve to work within an international consensus to fight terrorism. In the eyes of many European counterterrorism specialists and officials, the Bush administration's reliance on conventional military means can serve to provoke more terrorism.
The contrasting strategic visions translate into diverging tactics on the ground.
The United States' confrontation with terrorism turns now on a long-term commitment of troops in Iraq. Spain's newly elected prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, fulfilled a campaign promise to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq, but also increased Madrid's commitment to peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
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I hope we never choose the course of weakness, inaction and "sensitivity" in order to get along with old Europe. We'll soon find which choice Americans prefer.
Europe can kiss my ass. That attitude is what got us into this mess.
Wonder if they will be spewing this crap when the next train is blown up with hundred + or more is on board?
I say take off nuke the site from orbit it is the only way to be sure.
At least all of the attacks on US interests since 9/11 have been on foreign soil, and not in the US of A. President Bush moved the battlefield to 'one of his chosing'. And away from CONUS... where my children and grandchildren live.
The reason they even have a long history of suffering terrorists attacks in the first place is because they chose to appease instead of crushing the perpetrators.
This is America, damn it, not Europe. We solve our problems here, not shove them off to someone else...will these new age socialists never get it??
Criminal elements? What happens when entire countries train and field these "criminals"? Are you going to call the police on Iran?! They're not here to steal your CD player. They're here to kill you.
I wish the Euros would smarten up a little bit, maybe help preserve our shared civilization...?
Socialism is still an enemy of freedom.
This weakness towards terrorism is pure Dhimmitude in action.
Guliani mentioned in his convention speech the abysmal act when the Germans *let go* a terrorist murderer from the 1972 Munich Olympics attack on Israeli olympic team. How much good did that do? It merely emboldened the terrorists further.
hardened softened by decades of struggle inaction against terrorism,...
I have send a letter of condolence to the Russian embasy regarding the Beslan school terrorism. In my letter I wished their soldiers who will be sent to find and kill those responsible, good hunting.
This is not a police matter. Police are not generally set up to handle the types of things that terrorists can and will do. While a few police departments may have SWAT teams with sufficient training and equipment to handle a small terrorist group, sending the military to the terrorist training grounds or drawing them into fighting on foreign soil is much preferable.
I don't want to ever learn that terrorists have kidnapped people in the US and are beheading them on US soil. If certain European countries are not careful that will soon happen in Europe.
Clintoon already tried fighting Radical Islamic militants through legal means. If taking a military approach creates more terrorists, then why were we hit with the 9/11 attacks after a decade of taking the legalistic approach? According to the Lefts reasoning, we should not have been attacked since we didn't use military force to provoke an attack. Logic and Leftism are incompatible. Lefties need to grow a brain and learn from their mistakes. But then, if they did, they would no longer be Leftists.
The Spaniards are kidding themselves.
I'd bet that the "apparent" peacefulness in Spain is not so much a result of the approach the Spanish government is taking as it is a result of the approach the jihadists are taking there.
Even though Jihadists use different tactics for different enemies, they ain for an ultimate win in all situations.
"Jefferson's plan for an international coalition [against the Barbary Pirates]
foundered on the shoals of [European] indifference
and a belief that it was cheaper to pay the tribute than fight a war."
Explain to me how a French cop is going to be allowed on Syrian territory to apprehend a terrorist?????
Schizoids at work.
Just relax, everyone - Inspector Clouseau will be on the job!
Makes me wonder if John French Kerry used to shop with his buddy Chirac (also in the pix) when he was growing up in Swiss boarding schools and spending summers in France with his French cousins?
Yeah, it looks like the have the same tailor.
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