CarolC: I, for one, will welcome hearing your many alternatives.
Troll: I agree. You just beat me to making the reply.
I think one of the problems we have (you and I)discussing this with our fellow mudcatters is, they don't accept that the folks the U.S. is dealing with are not the kind of enemy we are use to. Nazism, Facism, Communism; all of them had a common goal: to take over the world. But none of them, as horrible as their transgressions against society were, advocated using using humans to blow up other humans. The only example of this kind of barbaric behaviour that comes to mind is the Japanese in WWII, who sent thousands of young men to their death trying to sink ships in the Pacific.
The people the U. S. are dealing with now cannot simply be asked to apologize and be good from now on. Over seven thousand of your fellow Americans were killed in an act of war on September 11th. Why is it so difficult for you to understand that we are not dealing with rational folks here?