I love to get responses to posts that I write. I will openly admit that I am not right all the time and maybe not right most of the time. But, I observe and learn and I have been doing that for 61 years. Look at President Reagan, Lybia bombed a night club is Rome and killed some U.S. Servicemen. A few days later, we bombed Lybia in numerous locations including Moamar Qaddafi's residence. The forceful response frightened Qaddafi so much that he put on female clothes and retreated into his own borders for over 25 years! When he did say something, it was an apology and he told us that HE was responsible for the Lockerby Bombing too!! Oh, by the way, how do I know about the Lybis bombing? I was the Command Master Chief of VA 55, the A-6 squadron that flew off the USS Coral Sea and bombed the air station!
There are other responses that historically illustrate my point but you get the idea. The Arab world only understands might! If they fear you, they treat you with respect. If they do not fear you, they attack you and make every effort to embarrass you. I taught Iranian students at Gun School between 1974 and 1977. That was when we were friends with Iran and the Shah was in power. I also lived in an apartment complex in Poway California when I was stationed in San Diego. And, my best friend, then Senior Chief James Smith was in Bandar Palaviv, Iran, teaching Iranians at their Naval Training station. Like I said, I observe and learn.
I will give you another example. During the last war in Lebanon, the Islamist terrorists kidnapped a Soviet diplomat and killed him. Quietly, the KGB tracked down the perpetrators and killed them in a very violent way, then killed all of their family members. The Soviet diplomats were never bothered again.
If America was a militarily strong nation and had the resolve to pull the trigger when we were attacked anywhere in the world, we would have far less terrorist attacks. Wars begin when America is not strong enough to lead and when America cowers in the corner, afraid to act. You don't have to agree with me and I respect your opinion. But you cannot argue with history. History is always the best teacher and if we refuse to learn from it, we will be doomed to repeat it!!