A Nation Not at War

Bush never officially declared war on Afghanistan.  He got permission to use force, but never went to war.  We are apparently at war with an idea like we fought communism and look where that got us..

I keep hearing the issue brought up that terrorists need to be tried in a military tribunal because they are “enemy combatants.”  So if a person is described as an enemy combatant by the federal government then they should be tried in a military tribunal.  As it stands, the government can call whomever they wish an enemy combatant.  And that is not right.  They hold the keys and have transformed the term “into an overbroad designation that justified prolonged detention without legal recourse” (Constitution Project, Detention of Enemy Combatants).  The common mistake is also to compare these terrorists with the Nazi saboteurs of World War II, who were caught and tried by military tribunal and finally executed.  The difference being we were officially at war then and that is what the constitution required!

The terrorists should thus be tried by our court system.  Yes that’s right.  Try them like common criminals for that is what they are.  They are picked up on our soil plotting to maim and murder and guess what?  They are required to be tried like any other criminal.  The federal government has ignored this and been inconsistent all the way with a few exceptions.  People keep saying that, “what if the courts let him go free?”  Well, there is always that possibility, but how many rapists and murderers are let go every day in our court?  There is no difference.  Justice is justice.  How is a terrorist any different then a rapist? then a murderer?  Well?  No difference according to the law of the land.  I’m sorry, but that is the way it is.  Ignore the propaganda the government is spewing out via the media.  Terrorists are not enemy combatants because we are not at war.

Since we are on the topic of war and I just listened to the State of the Union given by President Obama and then the Republican response given by Governor McDonnell and the due process of law (or lack thereof) was brought up on the radio lets talk about deploying more troops to that place no one has ever been to in the middle of the desert and mountains.  Governor McDonnell said the following about Obama’s troop deployment, “We applaud President Obama’s decision to deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. We agree that victory there is a national security imperative.”  Everyone for some reason or other continues to call the military actions overseas a national security imperative.  That is the end of the story.  No arguments mind you!  We now know there are roughly 100 members of al-quaeda hiding out in Afghanistan.  30,000 more troops to a land locked country fighting a fight that is without a doubt unconstitutional and unjust.  But it isn’t just a security issue- its a NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERATIVE.  Gee, if I come up with catchy CIA lingo like that do you think I might get elected too?  I don’t even have to have all the answers or be able to tell you why it is so imperative that we send 30,000 troops on top of the 100k troops already on the ground for 100 men we may never catch that might some how be linked to a terrorist act executed almost 10 years ago.

Does any one else see the absurdity of all of this?  None of it makes sense.  None of it.  The only thing that makes sense is that the terrorists who attacked us on September 11th, 2001 had a motive.  We have a history in the middle east and it has only been fueled by our wars with ideas.  First our war with communism gave rise to the very terrorists we are fighting now in Afghanistan and now here we are again fighting against an idea called terrorism.  So for 50 years now the United States has been fighting ideas.  Wait a second.. I thought democracy was about freedom?

How can a nation such as ours, which was founded on such ideas as individual liberty now force it on others at gun point? and we are some how surprised that a century of violent interventions has gotten us blow back?

~ by Majestic on January 27, 2010.

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