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Old 01-25-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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I'm passing along a link to one of the most profound articles I've read in a long time. It is called the "12 Myths of 21st-Century War," and was published by the "American Legion."


Legion Current Events (http://www.legion.org/vision/currentevents/2007/10/12_myths_of_21stcentury_war.html - broken link)
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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Link doesn't seem to work.

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Old 01-26-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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I'm passing along a link to one of the most profound articles I've read in a long time. It is called the "12 Myths of 21st-Century War," and was published by the "American Legion."


Legion Current Events (http://www.legion.org/vision/currentevents/2007/10/12_myths_of_21stcentury_war.html - broken link)
Sorry . . . don't know why the link isn't working. It's in the American Legion Magazine's November 2007 issue. I tried the link and it seems like they are doing some website maintenance. Here is a brief synopsis (everyone can try later) . . . .

Ralph Peters in the November 2007 edition of American Legion Magazine - 12 Myths of 21st Century War. Visit the link for Peters' commentary, plus his reasoning behind each myth.
... Two trends over the past four decades contributed to our national ignorance of the cost, and necessity, of victory. First, the most privileged Americans used the Vietnam War as an excuse to break their tradition of uniformed service..... Second, we've stripped in-depth U.S. history classes out of our schools.
Myth No. 1: War doesn't change anything.
Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.
Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.
Myth No. 4: There's no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.
Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.
Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.
Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we're no better than them.
Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before.
Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.
Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.
Myth No. 11: It's all Israel's fault. Or the popular Washington corollary: "The Saudis are our friends."
Myth No. 12: The Middle East's problems are all America's fault.
… The unprecedented wealth and power of the United States allows us to afford many things denied to human beings throughout history. But we, the people, cannot afford ignorance.
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