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September 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Iraq: Killing an ideology is nearly impossible

As we prepare yet again for military intervention in Iraq, it’s clear we have not matured as a result of our previous experiences and are about to step into another mess.

U.S. foreign policy since World War II has often failed to accomplish its objectives. The so-called War on Terror has failed, as terrorism is a tactic used by individuals with specific ideologies. Killing an ideology is nearly impossible.

The War on Terror is a complete misnomer: A war cannot be waged against a tactic. Since 2001, the United States and our allies have been engaged in a complex war fighting against an ideology. The world remains a dangerous place because of this ideology. To win this war, we must label the enemy, speak softly and carry a big stick. If war is necessary, it should be fought swiftly to minimize economic and human losses.

John Kosterman, Covington

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