IT COULD BE that my brain is getting mushy after too many episodes of That Guitar Man, but I resolutely do not believe in the war on terror as orchestrated by the executive branch of the US government. Let me explain--I hope you read to the end.
Thirty years ago, I took a college course from a trained assassin. He knew terror first-hand. He was an instrument of the US government. He taught me and 10 others the theory, the tactics and the strategy of the anti-terrorist elite--all for college credit in an "International Relations" module. In his first hour of instruction, he laid down the facts that about combating terrorism, including the principle that you do not mount a traditional frontal assualt. You train your response to come down the smokestacks as laser bombs, into bedrooms cloaked in black, or through the walls of sitting rooms with a battering ram. This is a dirty business and not very civilised. You do not marshall forces in a line as rank and file. You do not take up arms in a hostile territory as a standing army. Most of his examples were non-American, including Viking invasions of Ireland.