Originally Posted by Courage the Cowardly Dog
I think they are just dangerous if not less with a lot more operatives captured. Befor 2001 we had the same amount just they were in hiding now they have to come out and fight and be counted.
Invading Iraq didn't cause more people to join Al Qeada it caused more of them to come out of the closet and fight. Invading it gave us a front to fight them on. Now we have very few insurgents and most of the fighting is over sectarian violence.
Just because we didn't SEE to many terrorists befor 2001 doesn't mean they weren't always there. It is just that only now do we go to fight them.
1. Assumes facts not in evidence. There is no reason to believe that the AQ members in Iraq aren't NEW. After all, the senior leadership (the people that matter) are safely in Pakistan. Why go to Iraq?).
2. Proof that these people were hiding in the closet? Musta been a big closet, and the average member must have joined at age 9.
3. There have always been terrorists. Unfortunately, even the Pentagon agrees that there are more now that there were in April/May of 2003, in AQ alone.
Problem is, you can kill all you like, they'll just make more. If you don't get the planners and the money men, you haven't succeeded at all. Assuming that only 1% of Muslims are extremists, and given a 4+ birthrate, there is literally an endless supply of dumbasses on the ground.
Which is why you always lose a war of attrition in counter-insurgency. Always.