As many have pointed out, wars are fought between nations. Terrorists are stateless, ordinarily anonymous, either religious or political fanatics — nut cases. The only way to defeat such people is to expose them as intruders upon those who live with and/or are brutalized by them.

We blew are chance to do so with Afghanistan by diverting to a ‘war’ on Iraq. Not troops but outreach to persons is the only way to defeat terrorists. Fundamentalist religions are most frequently distorted versions of the roots they claim and horrendous violators of these religions’ primary human values. Such can be pointed out and is often the message of their sane members. These are the people we should support in all ways that we can — not further harm with military excesses. May we do it right in the future.

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