Wow! What a topic and what responses from everyone and how far off the original topic can this thread go??
The war on terrorism ... how is it going? More to the point .. has it achieved anything?
1. In so far as any success in the war on terrorism is concerned I believe it to be a massive FAIL on the grounds that who is the enemy? http://homegrown.newamerica.net/
2. If we can't identify the enemy it becomes necessary to "Profile" people or to "Conduct individual Risk Assessments"
3. Increases in internal security that restrict freedoms
4. Increased Surveillance on the people
and so the list goes on and on ... What does it actually do other than create suspicion amongst the people and create fear?
To some extent that tactics work...many terrorist activities/threats have been intercepted but at what cost?? I am not talking about monetary costs or even freedoms being lost. I am talking about the cost to our humanity itself.
I do not want war, I do not want to fight people at home here in Australia or anywhere else for that matter and I think most people are like me, they just want to enjoy their life in peace and go about their business. I think the majority of the worlds population wants to just to have peaceful enjoyment of their life with a place to call their own without others trying to take it off of them.
The problem is Governments, Kings, Emperors and Rulers of what ever variety they come in, in your country wherever that is. They were given authority to act on our behalf and are expected to represent the people but they don't ...if they did every country's Government would be a reflection of the majority of people and as i have said the majority just want to live in peace.
Government is not representative and that is why we have the situation we have a world constantly in conflict with one or another part of it because of our "Representatives" need and lust for power fueled by individual and collective greed of banks and corporations.
I do not know of anyone in the military (past or present) that wants to go to war but do because they want to defend freedom or regain peace.
So ... in answer to the original question ... No it is not going well at all in fact I would say it has been a massive fail on everybody's part.
It is our (the peoples of the world) fault because we have allowed our so-called representatives to do whatever the hell they want without making them accountable.
No matter where you are in the world you need to stand up and be counted.
You may also want to look at this:http://www.scribd.com/doc/147373942/FREEdom-Flyer