Originally Posted by ErnieA
It is your turn Gerhard. You are now in charge of the whole thing and I am putting my whole trust in you to keep me, my family and friends, and my way of life safe for all eternity. What will you do? If you do not have a good answer you might get flamed and gutter-sniped, the same tactic I feel you use on others, therefore you will feel like those who just are not as articulate at putting together an argument as they would like.
hi there, ernie.
i regret that you view my opinions of world events, "gutter sniping." but i have to wonder if you would characterize them that way if they were aligned with your views?
face it, brother ... here in america we are free. free to speak our minds openly on tough issues. it is probably best that you make peace with that.
as to what i'd do ... wow, that's a big burden, nichts? i am neither qualified nor suited to the job. but then again i never applied for it, did i?
that said, as an american citizen i am qualified to have an opinion and to express it here, just like you. so here:
1) i would have poured military resources into afghanistan and, if needed, pakistan, to capture bin laden and all of al quaida. mushareff would fight against it, but in the end he would give in, because of international pressure and because of numerous carrots we could dangle in front of him for compliance. we had tremendous international backing to get al quaida. we squandered it.
2) in iraq i would have funded insurgents against saddam, putting the burden of his overthrow on the iraqi people. if there were not enough support for an overthrow, i would live with it. if there were clear evidence of WMD i'd go with surgical airstrikes to take them out. the last thing i'd do is occupy iraq. george bush senior knew this when he was in office, and he said so.
3) in denmark i would have run the damnable cartoon. once. i am not smart enough about islam to have predicted the reaction. after that i'd never run another similar cartoon again. no cartoon is worth what happened next.
4) in the palestinian territories i'll be damned if i know what to do now. the israelis pulled out of the disputed territories. the palestinians had free elections and voted terrorists into office. i guess i would try to establish relations with hamas and try to influence them to recognize israel and stop the violence. give them their land back, but not all at once.
what would YOU do, ernie? please, please ... my family and friends are in your hands!
and remember ... NO GUTTER SNIPING. LOL.