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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Jul 23, 2003 at 03:26

Lee Harris' thinking work is excellent. Talking about it is a good thing too, although it most often neglects the reflection part and then goes so fast to the conclusion that it already sounds a bit like (electoral) propaganda.

Just after 9/11, I was appalled at the reaction of America. It was proven as neglecting its intelligence of foreign affairs, bad organized against terrorism, bad informed about what was revealed to be its worst enemy. And its first (and only broad scaled) reaction was to bomb Afghanistan. It was stupid. Or, to tell it more politely, it was lacking intelligence, it was but a quick-fix. And it missed its clamed goal (capturing Ben Laden).

In Iraq, it sounded like things had settled down enough and that the plan was good. But the "rehabilitation" was actually not planned at all. Again, lack of intelligence: a fast and total success in Iraq would have confirmed the correct position of the US better than Lee Harris ever will.

My country, today so peaceful (yawn), has once been a champion of the strong way, never making any prisoner nor leaving any survivor on the battlefield. And it gained great profit from that politic. It was the right (only viable) way back then. But there were real battlefields then.
At the planet level, terrorism is a social or, to make it more attractive, a humanistic problem, rather than a war. You then need more police than army forces, more clear policies than rigid strength. And, first and foremost, you need intelligence. In the 70s, Central Park was a hell; now, it is a nice place. What went good?

The West did act with too much restraint until now, it is true. But the problem is not those few power-crazy and aggressive people. It is about making the world a better place to live for all of its inhabitants. And, yes, insuring, by force whenever needed, that those who pursue this goal will indeed be able to attain it. But first things first... !
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Not neccessary to know enemy [72 words]Joy BoothJan 21, 2004 02:1413454
The News from Iraq [270 words]Matt PrasteinAug 30, 2003 02:4410925
Hits the Nail on the Head [40 words]RonIAug 22, 2003 14:1710728
Know thy enemies!!! [95 words]kaderAug 21, 2003 15:1710710
Why discarding the rules is a bad strategy [211 words]Jacob FisherAug 11, 2003 08:1210503
Breaking the Rules [52 words]Elizabeth CooteAug 6, 2003 12:5210461
Thank you [15 words]Joel MorrisAug 2, 2003 16:5410419
Discarding War's Rules dated 22 July, 2003 [188 words]S.C.PandaJul 31, 2003 06:0410362
Realities [183 words]Bernard LangdonJul 30, 2003 23:1910357
maybe we need to rethink a war on terrorism [461 words]Peter HerzJul 29, 2003 01:5410287
Proportionate Response? [38 words]FRANCIS HARTIGANJul 28, 2003 16:3010278
New policy's success reflected in eliminating Hussein brothers. [49 words]FRANK G ZAVISCAJul 27, 2003 19:0810265
Right on Point [28 words]Pat LavinJul 26, 2003 22:1310257
Gratitude and Concern [268 words]Timothy Schiff, Ph.D.Jul 26, 2003 19:3910256
Great article! Is there a link to the Harris column? [28 words]TishJul 26, 2003 13:4710254
The New Rule Book says, "Let's play to win" [363 words]RPaineJul 25, 2003 23:1010243
This article is prescient [64 words]RowenaJul 25, 2003 15:3310241
Thank God [46 words]Ralph MaggioniJul 25, 2003 10:3410238
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as usual, you are right. [64 words]jeann wardJul 24, 2003 11:2810206
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Bravo Mr Harris [27 words]Molly KafesJul 22, 2003 20:5310149
rediscovering common sense [140 words]leleneJul 22, 2003 20:3510148
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Lee Harris' Article [32 words]Paul KaplanJul 22, 2003 14:5610136
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Hear! Hear! [484 words]MarkJul 22, 2003 13:1410132
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