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I guess we are supposed to just go back to what we were doing pre - 9/11, stick our head in the sand, and hope for the best... but what the hell do I know...
Best Regards,
Scott C. Bernard, EI
Associate Consultant


From: Stuart, Matthew [mailto:mstuart(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tue 10/26/2004 19:50
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Opinions of an Egyptian American

Fair enough...I agree that the root of the problem should be addressed to ultimately solve the problem...any suggestions on how this can best be accomplished in an environment in which torture of the innocent is considered acceptable collateral damage...remember that this condition existed in Iraq under Sadam prior to our invasion.


M. Stuart


I hate to dive into this one - and hopefully much of this political discussion on this list will die down a bit after the election (and ensuing lawsuits) are over.


To add my 2-cents to this subject...I agree with everything that was stated in this person's assessment of our current military endeavor, HOWEVER - looking at the situation a bit more critically, it certainly appears that we are rapidly CREATING more NEW terrorists/insurgents/militant radicals than may be worth the costs we are incurring.  I don't think any American should feel any safer when one enemy is killed if two more step up to fill his place.  Unless of course we plan on setting up a permanent "bug light" in the middle east for the next few decades.  And I'm sure no one wants that.


Just look at the pitiful successes of the "drug war."  Throw one dealer in jail, two more take his place.  Why doesn't our government focus on the roots of the problem...why do drug USERS create such a demand for drugs...why do young Muslims hate our country so much that they are turning to suicide bombings??  Perpetual war is not a solution to either of these questions.


Eli Grassley


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From: Stuart, Matthew [mailto:mstuart(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 9:49 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Opinions of an Egyptian American




I was speaking to a prominent Egyptian American Muslim that lives in my neck of the woods the other day and interestingly enough her opinion of the war in Iraq was this:


The battlefront of the war has been moved from lower Manhattan to a place thousands of miles away from our shores.  Our Military, who gets paid to protect the citizens of this country, are doing such by placing themselves in harms way on the other side of the globe.  Those who believe that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would be back in Syria uninterested in attacking the U.S. if he were not preoccupied with attacking our troops in Iraq are kidding themselves.


And my thoughts in response were...I don't believe I have read above any inbound weapons within our shores sense 9/11, so it appears things are working so far.  Whether it was intended or not the presence of our troops in Iraq appears to be acting like a bug light, drawing in insects from around the area to one place, and eradicating bugs out in the open is a lot easier than chasing them down in caves. My opinion...take it or leave it, agree or disagree.


Matthew Stuart

Structural Dept. - Manalapan

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