Fish: We can't bomb or kill our way out of this mess
When a nation is attacked things get emotional in a hurry, and understandably so.
You're in shock, because, after all. the cowards who attack don't go after people that are prepared to defend themselves; they go after innocent citizens who might be enjoying a concert, a soccer game or maybe just on their way home from a long day. So I get the anger, and I get the taste for blood — I like my red meat, too.
But here's the thing: Keeping a level head when going into battle is a must. This isn't an enemy that you can define, it's not the school-yard bully that you can see every day. These animals lurk in the shadows, hide behind families and are willing to take themselves out for whatever cause it is they profess to believe in. These people don't pick up the phone and coordinate attacks; they literally use messages that self-destruct, they use PlayStation gaming consoles as a form of communications. They purposely seek out what is now defined as soft targets, then they walk into these soft targets and detonate. The very thought of it sickens me. The very thought of it conjures up an anger that makes this 50-year-old man want to strap on some boots and get them on the ground!
But alas, cooler heads need to prevail; after all — what the hell are we shooting at? What, and who, would we be dropping bombs on? Even George W. Bush (a man who loved to start some wars), took time to gather intelligence before sending our troops into harm's way. I honestly don't remember a timeline between the 9/11 attacks and when we started our own retaliation, but I do remember that it seemed like an afterthought when we finally did. Then some 10 years and nine months and one President later, the mastermind of those attacks was removed from the Earth.
Anytime a life is taken by the sword it is a sad day. I wish we lived in a world where we could sit down and talk it through, but we don't. I wish we lived in a world where we could just put aside borders, religions and political beliefs, but we don't. We live in a world filled with people who constantly want to kill and go to war. They blow up innocent people and we want to retaliate by obliterating their entire country, mowing them all down with bombs and ground attacks. Again, I get the emotion behind it, but at the end of the day, I don't want to bomb a concert or sporting event with thousands of innocent people inside because I'm trying to stop the actions of a handful of animals.
Now, it may sound as though I'm soft on these type of actions, but I'm not. Anyone who wants to upset my way of life, intimidate those I love, try to hurt someone I love or someone you love, then my friend — game on. I will not tolerate being bullied or terrorized nor will I stand for one minute while it's done to a defenseless citizen. Yup, that will get my blood boiling. But these attacks are like being punched in a crowded room and the assaulter just disappears. Are we just supposed to start punching everybody in the room? That doesn't seem to make sense. Especially if that person right next to you is a child, or that child's mother; it could even be an 80-year-old man.
So, I'm all about and eye for an eye, as long as we're getting the correct eye. I don't like the idea of dropping bombs on innocent people (I don't think anyone does). If I thought for an instant that a little collateral damage would stop terrorist attacks. I could warm up to the idea. But it won't. The people who execute these attacks are heartless soulless trolls incapable of feeling a shred of humanity. Their belief system is so radical that losing their own family member would simply be part of the plan. They end their own lives without ever second guessing it. So how do you defend against that? How do you stop that? We're living in a world of crazy right now and I don't see a clean way out. What the hell is up with that?
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