Due to my complete lack of interest and knowledge in the field of corrupt politics, I was unfortunately forced to research this week’s topic War on Terror. Somewhat unsurprisingly, I found many uptight critics condemning the American government for demanding for a War on Terror; these critics would argue that the word terror is ambiguous and irremovable thus a War on Terror is never ending and useless. I would not have brought this up if it were not for the fact that nearly every opinion editorial article I read did not bring up this so called inconsistency and misleading title. The fact of the matter is that the title is irrelevant and advocating for a more precise and clear title, like the War on Islam Terrorists and Militants, would only discourage people from supporting the war, because the War on Terror sounds so much more awesome than the War on Islam Terrorists and Militants. Could it possibly true that propaganda exists in our own government? Next thing you know companies will begin to utilize propaganda to trick us into buying their products, but that’s just crazy talk. Point is that arguing over minutia like the title of a war or the definition of terrorism is not going to get anyone anywhere nor will it prove whether or not the War on Terror is a just war.
The biggest problem that I personally have with the War on Terror is the fact that the Bush Administration did not just use propaganda to extend the War on Terror into Iraq, but the Administration straight up lied about the fact that Saddam had ties to Al Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. In fact, in a speech Bush gave in September of 2003 he stated “We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th” and “There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties”. In addition to the fact that these two statements are contradictory, to date, no weapons of mass destruction have been discovered nor have Hussein been connected to Al Qaeda. Not to say that Saddam Hussein was not an evil and terrible dictator, but the fact remains that the US had no business extended their military into Iraq. I believe that the Bush Administration exploited 9/11 as a reason to invade Iraq for whatever corrupted and convoluted motive.
The second part of the War on Terror, the War in Afghanistan, seems largely more justifiable than the war in Iraq. Despite the fact that terrorism is extremely loosely defined, at least the enemy, Al Qaeda, has been proven to have committed terrorist acts. Unless someone comes up with a better solution to fighting crazed extremist bent on killing as many Americans as possible, then the War on Terror, at least in Afghanistan, seems to pretty much be the only viable option.
The funniest part is that people are actually pissed, because some people, I’ll call them the blind herd of sheep, believe that the US government should pull out of a war that these blind herd of sheep hardly know anything about the events preceding the declaration of the war let alone the actual events that have occurred throughout the war nor have many of these people even given any thought to the consequences of what would happen if we end the war, but you can’t really expect much out of a blind sheep.