Godstud wrote:Yet, the USA went on to kill almost a million people, in numerous countries, as revenge for 9/11. What's can possibly be more whackjob than that?
The Taliban and Al-queda should have thought about that before launching a terrorist attack on the US. See, if they just left us alone, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED! Two wrongs don't make a right but it makes us even. Well, I guess in this case, more than even after our response. People are less likely to mess with you when they know their is a big price to pay for doing so. You have to demonstrate to the rest of world what happens when you mess with the US when the US is actually messed with.
When they see the response, they are going to think "You know, we better not launch an attack or first strike on the US. They will be able to do something back and it just wouldn't be worth the cost we would pay. And we can see, they got their man Bin-Laden too, so even if we are stateless, we know they will eventually find us if we did something stupid." See how that works? The world understands strength and might and respects that. It's just the way the world works sometimes (not saying it's necessarily ALWAYS the case but in many cases, it is).