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I've heard Neo Cons saying lately that military errors and political misjudgments are not crimes. Either they are crimes or they aren't. They were crimes when the Third Reich and Japanese did them. Something is or is not illegal and does not depend on nationality.

Maybe I am not reading the Neo Conservative thought process correctly. Are Conservatives saying if Hitler gassed a Jew and if we kill a POW for pleasure or INTENTIONALLY shoot up a town full of citizens there is a difference?

If that is their position, I: a.) do not understand it. b.) disagree with it.

The war on terror is real, ONLY because we are fighting it. It is as real as the war on drugs. That's another war that has been going on for decades. Or, the war on poverty. Prohibition: The war on alcohol. JFK's war for physical fitness. The "Cold War." Hot wars, and let's not forget short wars like Grenada. In fact, since our entry into World War I we have not been at PEACE a single day. We label it a service economy. Some might say it's a military economy.

Where I differ from Conservative thought is I know this war did not originate on September 11 - or even in Lebanon with the Marine barracks in the early 1980s. There have been HUNDREDS of terrorist attacks and bombings in the USA and against America since 1765. When I say hundreds, I mean thousands. Some were solved, most were not. Of those, al Qaeda accounts for less than a dozen on our homeland.

News flash: But we aren't after al Qaeda, a group based mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and never in Iraq, as I understand it. So who are we after? Saddam is dead. There were no WMD or chemicals found. What are we doing and who is in favor of it?

Some of the terrorist attacks I refer to above came from French exiles from Nova Scotia en route to Louisiana and Native Americans. Attacks were ubiquitous and prolific in the 20th Century - and almost none were by Muslims. Most were from Puerto Rican, Cuban nationals or lunatic fringe Neo Conservatives in Montana, Wyoming and Texas, and to a lesser extent radicals trying to end the Vietnam War and activists trying to attain civil rights.

The Puerto Rican and Cuban terrorists hijacked American planes and bombed buildings regularly. I'm surprised people do not remember.

Liberals and Conservatives don't understand one another and the current administration has aided the crevasse that divides and conquers. I don't know what Conservatives mean when they say they "hope" Americans will unite.

First, Americans were NEVER united - even during WWII, the ONLY war where we were semi-united. The January 3, 2007 open letter from Bush published in the Wall Street Journal borders on the absurd, as he asked for political unity after spending six years treating Democrats as if they had the plague.

Secondly, Pearl Harbor was a total devastation of our Navy and an act by a sovereign government. Conversely, the World Trade Center was an act of terrorism against a private structure by 19 lunatics. Not Iraqi lunatics, mind you, almost exclusively Saudi. Am I missing something, or do Pearl Harbor and the WTC bombings have nothing in common?

Example: If 19 Catholics bomb Capitol Hill over abortion tomorrow, shall we nuke the Vatican and kill the Pope? That is what the invasion of Iraq amounts to in my judgment.

If one wants to believe that a billion Muslims are on the warpath, they surely will be if we continue on the current path. But I've found, from traveling to 80 nations and 49 states that the average person of every faith, color, creed and nationality, just wants to live in peace, love their family and earn a decent living.

Most things have hundreds of possible outcomes. In regard to nuclear and chemical warfare in the 21st Century, humanity has one of two outcomes that will occur: Either we will find a way to finally live in peace or we will destroy our planet and our eco-system.

Love is a lesson to learn in our time.
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