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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Some thoughts on some stuff ISISsy.

I might or I might not touch on some of these points in blogs. But if I do or do not, here is my position on them and briefly my reasoning. These are not long and well supported points, just my take on what I see and what I think it means.
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I don't agree with anything ISIS stands for. However, I support its right to think it and believe it. Even promote it, if they wish. But, when you meet resistance and have to fight for your right to keep doing it, bombing, shooting, stabbing or otherwise involving others you don't have a direct fight with is not how you fight your battles. That is the cowards way to fight. So, blast them into submission. Period. However you must. Cowards who kill deserve no mercy. I don't know who is right. Should we be interfering in the Arab worlds business? Maybe not. But if we are, if they want to fight, they fight on the battle field, not the cafes of Paris.
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Even if Donald Trump is right, and some Muslims are dangerous because they support and endorse those who kill in the name of Allah,  it doesn't justify what he wants to do about it. Just because a few do it,  doesn't justify putting one person on a list who has nothing to do with it. That is just one very short leap from being Hitler. That can never be supported. Even if 90% of a sect is corrupt, you don't punish the 10% of the sect who are not.
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No matter how strong your army, how many weapons you have,  how much support you have, you don't win a war on the battlefield, you win it in the strategy room. That has been the history of the world. Having more guns than the other guy does no good if he shoots you first or you can't find him. We need the best minds on the strategy detail to beat terrorism. Currently, I doubt that is the case.
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Whenever religion is the basis for your world view, whether you are a true believer or not, the only way you can be swayed to live and let live is to be put to death. You don't answer to the laws of man. I have no issues with religion or religious people, as long as they keep that on the personal level of their own lives. If you justify in any way making decisions that effect the lives of others, then religion gets left in the closet. It can only do harm. That takes out most of the Presidential candidates on the right, and possibly some on the left. It's a big part of the problem. We are led by almost as big a set of nutjobs as the ones we are fighting.
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Its not enough to live well. If you support a terrorist cells actions as justified, you are just as dangerous. I view you on equal footing and deserving of equal punishment. You can believe in something and nobody cares, but when you support violence in the name of terrorism, you must go.
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Refugees are not terrorists.They are fleeing the dictators, not supporting them. If they were violent types , they wouldn't be terrorists. they would be rebel fighters.
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What you need to convince ISIS braintrust and ringleaders of is that terrorist acts aren't in their best interests of reaching their end goal. whatever that is. In other words, the more they act terroristy, the more difficult it will become overall. They lose more than they gain. How do you do that? Convince them of that? You fight back, and if they don't give, you fight harder and keep coming until there are none left. If they insist on dying for the cause, then they have to die. If some of us have to die for that strategy, then we do. A few of us will die either way. Might as well win while you are at it.
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The main reason that people don't want refugees here, even though they know the vast majority wont be any danger to us, is that we don't trust that our government can do a good job about the ones that are a danger. We have no confidence in the efficacy of the people we trust to keep us safe and secure. It seems they can barely manage the dangerous ones we have now. The French and Belgians seem to bear that out. That is the issue we should really be addressing. I wrote that before San Bernardino happened. It was valid before,  it was valid that day,  its valid as of this moment.
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I don't know what the answer is to the Middle East issues. Its just so complex, so multi-faceted and multi- dimensional, not to mention so embedded over time. No matter what you do, there seems to be a fallout at the other end of that that leads to more trouble, more conflict, and more need for intervention. So, there is that.
What I do know is that those there have to know that in the Western World, you don't ever step onto our soil and harm innocent civilians. If you do, you have to know that there will be a heap of trouble that will be struck down on you to make sure you get the message loud and clear. That shouldn't be complex. That should be simple and crystal clear. Right now, it doesn't seem to be the case. If you want to fight your fight, stay there and fight it. If you want to come here, leave your fight there. You can't have it both ways.

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