I think the comment that the enemy post 9/11 is ill defined is correct. As soon as the bombs started falling on 12/7/41 we knew who did it and where to find them. The war on terror is going to be made very difficult because the enemy can be (and likely is) everywhere.
This war is definitely different from Viet Nam. It's more like urban warfare with street gangs. You have different factions trying to get control. Viet Nam was different because it wasn't such a grey area (so to speak). It was democracy against communism. America lost the war because the Viet Cong were better at scaring the Vietnamese people. The Vietnamese people gave up. The American's should have known that when the French pulled out that this war was going *not* to be won. After the Americans pulled out the Communist moved in.
In Iraq, you can't tell a Shiite from a Suni or whatever other faction is over there. These people easily infiltrate into programs that America is trying to set in place for the people to run the government by themselves. You often hear this in the news how someone infiltrated the police force and killed so many people.
How can we help them? Just leave and let them commit atrocities against one another until the winner comes out on top. It's easy to say that we should of never went there in the first place, which I do believe that we shouldn't have done. Now we really have a situation. The Americans can pull out and see if some dictator like Pol Pot (I think that's his name.) takes over and commits genocide on the people that are not of his kind.
Is this the only solution?
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