Ralph Peters discusses twelve myths of the 21st century:
- War doesn't change anything.
- Victory is impossible today.
- Insurgencies can never be defeated.
- There's no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.
- When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.
- Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.
- If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we're no better than them.
- The United States is more hated today than ever before.
- Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.
- If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.
- It's all Israel's fault. Or the popular Washington corollary: "The Saudis are our friends."
- The Middle East's problems are all America's fault.
Anyone who pays attention to the news outlets or reads what Democratic senators and congresspersons have been saying for the last five years has heard each of these in one form or another. Often they're stated with no supporting evidence and they're rarely questioned. Yet each of them is either false or, like #5 and #6, they make a point that's relatively trivial.
Read Peters' discussion of the errors of these twelve myths at the link.RLC