Why mabudon, do you believe it could not happen to us??
First thing is the whole "IT" part, lends itselfs to being a concept with no factual basisbehind it, but whatever, that's just semantics
For me to believe that naything possible "could NOT happen" would just be stupid, wouldn't it? so I believe no such thing...
However I DO believe as zzarchov said, there's nothin you could EVER do to outright prevent such an occurence. You COULD try to do things to decrease the liklihood of a "terror strike" tho, so I would support such measures, but bombing and occupying other countries really does nothing to stop "stateless actors". Enhanced security at home is good enough, and a less provocative foreign policy would be a good idea too (although Harper has already stated the goal of building a "more robust foreign policy" which is worrisome) But I most certainly do NOT live in fear of such things- the REAL fear I have is what might be done as a "response" to "IT", a good example would be the reaction of the US to the "terror attacks" of 9/11
Zzarchov- why do I not just "let it happen??" and why do I think it's a bad idea??
Well, as for not just "going ahead and leting it happen since most folks agree with it"- there'd still be slavery if folks were like that man, so that I can't do, morally OR intellectually
Why am I opposed?? Cos I pay taxes, and this boondoggle is expensive, in terms of lives, money, time and to a lesser extent something I was once proud of, our role as an intermediary in Global affairs (start a new thread to rip on that last thing, it's only part of my point)
Why am I opposed?? Might be the same fear of "IT" that some folks feel- for the opposite reasons, as I stated above, but really, we are NOT making friends by our actions in Afghanistan, not with the boogeyman "them" whom we are supposed to fear so much.
I am opposed because the objectives are historically idiotic, WHY should I sit back and support something that I am damn near 100% certain is a colossal waste of whatever we throw at it??
Hell, the headline should say it all- we don't have what we need to keep up our "commitment", and I sincerely believe that even if there were no shortage of equipment and manpower, the "victory" we seek would remain unattainable... just the shifting justifications show me that those in charge have no real plan- no plan=no chance in most smart folks books