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The Long War?
AlectharAlan ShoreWe're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered Userregular
I was talking with my father and a close friend of mine about the ongoing War on Terror. My friend mentioned the term "Nether-war" for the war because of the legal netherworld it seems to exist in. It seems a cogent observation. We call it the War on Terror, or the Long War, but those we capture are not PoWs. We do not fight this "war" against any recognizable government or definable nation. Yet we also aren't involved in a police action or war on crime (as in the War on Drugs) because our captives are not afforded the right to due process.
This led my father to note that calling it a War is a strategic misstep, because it implies a certain legitimacy on the part of our opponents. He noted also that it is misleading to think of it as such, because wars have definable beginnings and ends and the kind of action that counter-terrorism is, did, and will require is unending, because just like any other crime, it is essentially ineradicable.
So what do you guys think? Is the term "war" a misnomer? Are we better off treating the war as a true war, with PoWs? Should we be engaged in a police action, treating terrorism as another breed of dangerous criminal action to be fought accordingly? Discuss...