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How to Lose to Terrorists
American Spectator ^ | 31 July 06 | Ben Stein

Posted on 07/31/2006 5:46:21 AM PDT by rellimpank

We are in real serious trouble, and I'll tell you how and why I know it:

* Because the Hezbollah -- as has been well reported -- launches missiles at purely civilian targets in Israel as a matter of course, and no one in Europe or in the American left says "boo" about it. It's considered the Hezbollah's "right" to kill Israelis and when they do, they boast about it and promise to do more;

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benstein; hezbollah; islam; lebanon; stein; tas; terror; war
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--short and to the point-
1 posted on 07/31/2006 5:46:22 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank
Two Words

Elect DemocRATS

2 posted on 07/31/2006 5:47:54 AM PDT by lormand (Kill terrorists on the battlefield)
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To: rellimpank
Ben Stein is correct: we simply have to kill them ALL if civilization as we know is going to survive. If we can't stomach the kind of blood-letting it will take to preserve our freedoms and our sovereignty, we assuredly will not get to keep it for future generations. Stein has explained in a blunt way the stakes involved for the future of Israel and the West.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

3 posted on 07/31/2006 5:51:22 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: lormand

I agree with you. Could you even imagine the amount of bending over the IDF would be doing if we had Kerry/Edwards in office? No to mention in Iraq and on and on. There was devine intervention in my opinion in 2004 by 3.5 million smart Americans.


4 posted on 07/31/2006 5:52:13 AM PDT by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom to OSSR Richard T. Blalock-USS Ramage)
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To: rellimpank

Antisemitic bias is MSM standard operating procedure. I try to relate it to say Mexico or Canada lobing missiles into our country and how the MSM would react. Hmmm...probably the same way as with the hezzies launching missiles into Israel.


5 posted on 07/31/2006 5:52:56 AM PDT by GBA
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To: rellimpank

There are two battlefields.

The real one, and the virtual battlefield.

Terrorists cannot be victorious on a real battlefield against a real military.

They cannot take ground, they cannot defend ground, they cannot achieve a military victory, tactical victory, nor even a win strategic positioning.

The only thing a terrorist can do is kill.

They rely completely upon the virtual battlefield to win against any opponent: It's a Propaganda War.

KNOWING that there *IS* a Propaganda War is the first step in defeating terrorists. KNOWING that the Propaganda War is real, and is the only chance for a victory against the US, almost, all by itself, destroys any chance of victory against the US.

Let everybody know that this war, like most of the wars the US has fought since World War II relies upon the Propaganda War more heavily than any battlefield's results.


6 posted on 07/31/2006 5:55:12 AM PDT by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: rellimpank
You cannot fight inhumane people with humane means.

Great article. Give back what they dish out and let them deal with the consequences. If they whine and complain, too bad; they're only getting what they have no problem giving.

7 posted on 07/31/2006 5:56:27 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: rellimpank
re :Because it is impossible to beat a terrorist movement without using terror tactics.

LOL political pundits like this would make me laugh if it wasn't that they try to influence people to fight the war in a way that does more damage to us

8 posted on 07/31/2006 5:58:37 AM PDT by tonycavanagh
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To: rellimpank

"You cannot fight inhumane people with humane means. You cannot fight savages with one hand -- no, two hands -- tied behind your back. No wars were ever won using restraint and only civilized means. That's a formula for complete defeat and for the end of civilized life."

Bump


9 posted on 07/31/2006 6:00:29 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: rellimpank

The simple reason is most people in the west do not believe we are at war.

When that fact is finally driven home by a major western city going up in smoke I think things will change. People will then actually fear for their lives and demand something be done it about with extreme prejudice.

Sadly not before.


10 posted on 07/31/2006 6:01:23 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Maelstrom
re :The only thing a terrorist can do is kill.

I totally agree, the only way to win against a terrorist is to attrt the terrorist while creating stability in the region they operate in.

11 posted on 07/31/2006 6:01:40 AM PDT by tonycavanagh
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To: lormand
My guess is that if the dims were to take over, we would pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and then pursue only a policy of "law enforcement". The FBI would track leads, along with Interpol, etc. on terrorist activities. The results would be we would just sit back and wait for the next 9/11 to happen.

Every terrorist killed in Iraq or Afghanistan is one that we won't have to kill over here after he has struck!

12 posted on 07/31/2006 6:03:04 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: rellimpank

I find it unbelievable that the points made in Stein's fine article aren't bleedingly freaking obvious to any sane person (and even some liberals).


13 posted on 07/31/2006 6:06:06 AM PDT by BadAndy ("Loud mouth internet Rambo")
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To: goldstategop

Nothing but Jesus Christ himself will be able to COMPLETELY eliminate terrorism.


From my viewpoint there are only 2 ways the terrorist can be completely beaten once and for all. Knock them down and they'll just rise up again later. They need to either

a) be completely wiped out, and the world is too politcally correct to even mouth the words much less carry it out.

b) That Jesus Christ' return proves to them once and for all that there religion was wrong and they bow down before him.


14 posted on 07/31/2006 6:06:19 AM PDT by diverteach
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To: rellimpank

How to Lose to Terrorists- Force an ally into a unilateral cease fire.

How to Lose to Terrorists- Allow yourself to be forced into a unilateral cease fire.


15 posted on 07/31/2006 6:07:03 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Rice: She can put US pressure on Israel and she plays the piano.)
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To: rellimpank

Backing down in a fight like this hasn't done any good in the past; yet we continue to back down thinking the results will be different. All to create the impression that we're "better than the enemy". All because of what Other People will think (hint: there's no "thinking" involved). Let them think (feeeeeeeel) what they want!

It's time we use our power to eliminate the enemy and stop dragging this out. It's not getting any better. When the freaks declared war on us on 9/11 that was pretty much it for me. This has to stop!


16 posted on 07/31/2006 6:11:14 AM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: rellimpank
From the tail end of the article:
If we allow our media and French intellectuals to prevent us and the Israelis from using the means necessary to win, we'll lose...in Lebanon, in Iraq, and everywhere and this civilization is very well worth preserving. Yes, as sad as it would be to use terror tactics to win a war, it would be incomparably worse to lose. At the end of the war we win, there is light. At the end of the war we lose, there is the end.

Gotta love Ben!

17 posted on 07/31/2006 6:11:58 AM PDT by upchuck (Me wish for Democrats to die? No, I just want them to develop Tourette's Syndrome. ~American Quilter)
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To: DB
Sadly you are right.
The only consolation we can have is that the city destroyed will probably be choke full of leftist and/or Muslims
Also this is another good reason for conservative to move to the boondocks
18 posted on 07/31/2006 6:12:17 AM PDT by 1903A3
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To: rellimpank

The only harmless Muslims are the dead ones.


19 posted on 07/31/2006 6:14:22 AM PDT by blam
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To: rellimpank

Outstanding article. Well said and to the point.


20 posted on 07/31/2006 6:18:57 AM PDT by listenhillary (Only the stupidest of animals fouls it's own nest - Democrats provide a fine example of this)
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