Terrorists Defeating Terrorism

While we consider the escalated war against terrorism that America is prepared to engage in, we should carefully profile our new enemies in these matters.

Afghanistan has been principal in these issues. The US media has reported that the Afghan government is responsible for harboring these fugitives of terrorism, and even our President has confirmed these suspicions. Who is the Afghan government? More importantly, what is the relationship with bordering nations like Pakistan and Iraq.

The apparent truth seems to be that the Afghan government is highly decentralized and extremely dependent on terrorist organizations. This is the failure experienced by the Soviet Union when it attempted to control Afghanistan by controlling the Afghan burocracy. A country that lacks centralized government cannot be centrally controlled, and this makes it very difficult to attack.

Even more disconcerting is the question of victory, something that is not always clear at the beginning of any war but that must be considered in order to recognize the onset of a favorable outcome. The defeat of Afghanistan does not immediately appear as a possible outcome because there is no central authority to conquer. Another potential outcome is the elimination of terrorist organizations globally; however, this is equally improbable simple because we can never know the existence of every terrorist cell in every nation.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has a central government that has been tainted by terrorist cells in the country. Even more troubling is the prospect of nuclear assaults that could be enacted if terrorists decided to overpower the Pakistani regime. Of course, Iraq vigorously supports any activities that might jeopardize the American stability and can therefore be considered another valuable ally of terrorists.

The victory against terrorism needs to be willfully executed by the terrorist themselves. Terrorists need to recognize the vicious nature of their acts against humanity, and discontinue the planning and execution of these kinds of exercises.