Posted by Steven Hayward
Lengthy analysis of the grim news out of India in Bill Roggio’s Long War Journal.
What?!? Now it's
"The Long War"??
War on Terror, Global War on Terror, Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism, now The Long War.
It's true that it's been going on for a long time (some would say before 9/11, even). But does this mean that the War on Drugs is The Longer War?
But The Long War sure has a manly, valiant ring to it. People who fantasize about living within the Lord of the Rings films will probably approve of this new moniker.
That was good article, a good summing up and sorting through of events.
Craig, are we still fighting the War on Drugs? I thought we gave up on that or finally conceded that it was not a war, but only a series of skirmishes on different frontiers.
That website has been around for a few years. If Roggio & Co. see the war as a long one, I do not see how they are wrong. What they are describing sounds like war to me. What would you call it?
We were talking here (in my cozy living room) the other day about hostages and I was remembering the terrorism of the 1970s and 80s and got into talking about incidents in the 90s and concluded that this has been a very long war, indeed. Maybe sometimes it was just skirmishes on the social margins, but what does that mean for people slaughtered almost by the way? Also, those people doing the killing seem to think they are at war. Ignoring them or treating that as police business doesn't seem to work very well. They just collect themselves for a longer stretch of time and make a bigger, bolder strike to get attention.
When my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip, we had to break down a door to get into her house, because she keeps it barricaded against terrorists. She watches the news and is frightened by it. We, her family cannot understand why any self-respecting terrorist would target an 89 year old lady in very suburban NE Ohio, but when she got home from the hospital, she had the bolt put back on the doors. Now she is more worried than ever, because if we could break in, then anyone could. That's unreasonable fear.
Yet, to think that society as a whole ("Gunmen opened fire indiscriminately in the hotel lobbies and at the cafe, cinema, train station, and the Jewish center.") has nothing to fear from terrorism, that there is no war going on, that's unreasonable, too.
FWIW, the term "Long War" is also favored by the geostrategic writer Thomas P.M. Barnett, who is a lifelong Democrat and an Obama supporter and who, to my knowledge, has never expressed a penchant for fantasizing about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
"Long War" how about the indefinite war or the never ending war. I happen to favor "the ongoing war to prevent future acts of terror anywhere anytime and to win the hearts and minds of muslims by dropping bombs on them and killing their family members while construction military bases in thier country and tourting their contrymen."
The constant changing of names just speaks to the fact that their are too many people getting paid big bucks to worry about such things.
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