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Where is war now. We have no cash at all?

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Submitted by Firozali A.Mulla DBA (Tanzania), Jan 31, 2012 at 14:44

There is no "war" against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveller's underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in. If Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had put the stuff in his shoes we would have had him because that was tried before, but our government was too preoccupied with fighting unnecessary conventional wars and developing anti-missile defence systems to anticipate such a primitive delivery system.

The explosives-laden underwear–worn by an airline passenger who had previously been flagged as a potentially dangerous fanatic, and who had paid cash for his ticket and had no checked luggage–was the terrorist's weapon of choice, one that could have blown a hole in the side of Northwest Airlines' Detroit-bound Flight 253 on Christmas Day, killing hundreds of innocents. But it is not a weapon to be effectively countered with the deployment of hundreds of thousands of American combat troops. Nor can it be stopped by the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of planes, subs and missiles in our arsenal of Cold War-era weapons, part of an annual defence budget that is higher in inflation-adjusted dollars than at any time in the past half-century. Are we going to recover from 2090 in any shape better then no we will take more time as the banks are so low that they cannot help us.

I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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