Pop quiz: what terrorist organization pioneered the modern use of suicide bombing, and what was their first target?
Neoconservatism was the talk of the town in the early 2000’s as it became associated with President George W. Bush’s strategy in the War on Terror. But just as quickly as it burst onto the scene, neoconservatism fell out of favor in the mid 2000’s as the war in Afghanistan dragged on and the war in Iraq exploded. Today, neocon is largely used as an insult by people who oppose the Iraq war, even if they started out as fervent supporters.
But the neoconservative foreign policy is not defined by the Iraq war. Neoconservatism is a worldview and a mission, not a strategy. If a particular strategy fails, that does not necessitate abandoning the mission.
Most of the world’s governments oppose the United States recognizing the self evident fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. To protest moving our embassy, they have chosen the most ineffectual means of affecting change ever devised: a vote in the United Nations.
What is the longest war America has ever fought? After splashy headlines in recent months, many would now answer the Afghanistan War. In a way, that answer is correct. But most people would probably date the start of the war to October 7, 2001, when Operation Enduring Freedom officially launched; or maybe September 26, 2001, when CIA teams entered Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion; or maybe September 11, 2001, when 19 terrorists launched the deadliest attack on American soil since the Civil War, murdering approximately 3,000 innocent people.
Some might instead date the start of the war to when Osama bin Laden announced a declaration of war against the United States in 1996. Others to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Still others might point to al Qaeda’s first attempted attack on Americans in 1992.
The Manchester Arena seats 21,000 people and is home to sporting events, concerts, and other spectacles that gather large amounts of people into an enclosed space. As such, it has defensive security measures in place including guards and metal detectors. To defeat these precautions, a 22 year old suicide bomber who was known to the British security services simply waited outside the arena where he managed to murder 22 innocent people and maim dozens more.