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Speaking of war...

Ray BRay B Member Posts: 11,822
edited October 2004 in General Discussion
In measuring the effectiveness of any war it is necessary to determine what measures will be used and what the measure of success, aka winning, will look like. In the case of traditional conflicts between first person adversaries, success looked like the traditional victory. With the supporting of regimes by countries with other objectives, such as stemming the expansion of a type of government, victory is not measured in how the battleground countries end-up, but in how an ideology fares. And in the war on terrorism, success is measured in what doesn't happen, which makes it rather difficult to know if an when you have won. So when considering how a war is going, one really should look at what category of war it is, determine the criteria & measures of the war, then see if quantities can be obtained.

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    ElMuertoMonkeyElMuertoMonkey Member Posts: 12,898
    edited November -1
    It's a specious argument to say that success can be measured by a lack of an action given that lack of activity on the foe's part where terrorism is concerned because that means that the first time a bomb goes off, you've lost. It's an excuse for a lack of action and gives those in power an excuse to do nothing and still claim credit for "success."
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