Letter: U.S. tactics must evolve with terrorism warfare

Thursday, June 12, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:45 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It seems many citizens have failed to comprehend the magnitude of the new form of warfare, which has raised terrorism to the most sophisticated degree ever. This barbaric killing of innocent people warrants condemnation by all of the civilized world.

It is reasonable to assume that if our leaders knew some new weapon was developed next month that was not detectable at airport security, it could magnify our survival problem.

Barbaric warfare changes the rules of the Geneva Convention. They were designed for wars where patriots of a nation put on a uniform and fought for their country.

Our leaders have had the wisdom to ignore some outdated Geneva rules, giving priority to survival.

Our nation is crying for leaders, who have access to the best advice available, to develop some consensus for solutions.

I have heard it said, “We need more debate with words, not bullets,” and more civility instead of calling leaders liars. A French lawyer once said, “Let any man put 50 words in writing and I will have him in jail by midnight.”

Due to the new warfare we face, I believe citizens should give our leaders some slack and never forget that survival is at stake.

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Mark Foecking June 14, 2008 | 3:37 a.m.

The end does not justify the means. Holding terrorism suspects without regard to their rights is a violation of the Constitution.

We do not have a problem with terrorism in this country. We simply do not. Whatever potential we have is primarily due to our unquestioning support of Israel.

Our survival is not at stake, even if suicide bombers were to arrive in droves tomorrow. This country is too big and too well armed to be controlled by any imaginable terror force. Other countries have survived daily terror attacks for years. We could too. It doesn't justify depriving people of their rights.


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