In response to Taj Khan's column, it's no surprise that Khan and other Middle Easterners think that President Bush is an idiot.
Bush inserted the USA into a conflict we didn't need because Bush has the absurd belief that we are defending the USA from a seventh-rate, third world nation devastated by previous conflicts.
It wasn't like Bush was defending USA's east or west coast from an invasion of a foreign power. That would have been heroic and laudable. Bush made our troops useful to foreign armies, and boy, have we paid for it. Bush was not defending me, nor was Bush defending the American people from Middle Eastern conflicts that suffer from severe legitimacy and credibility problems.
I'm unhappy that thousands of our troops are dying over there. Al-Qaida won't be defeated in Afghanistan, even if we kill all their operatives there. After all, whether we like them or not, the Taliban is more Afghani than we are. Their resistance is more legitimate than our invasion, regardless of the fact that our social values are probably more enlightened than theirs.
Only through careful and logical changing of the underlying conditions that allow for the ideology to foster will al-Qaida be defeated. Ask the Israelis if 50 years of blunt force have eradicated the Palestinian resistance.
The service of thousands of American soldiers has been wrongly used. They have died in vain, because in the years to come, we will realize the irrationality of the War on Terror was really President George Bush's pathetic and palliative attempt to satisfy the American reaction to Sept. 11, 2001.
Instead of being hailed as a hero, Bush should be used as a poster boy for the consequences of too much patriotism dunked in testosterone. The sad part is that we won't realize it before Bush sends more of our soldiers over to their deaths.