Terrorists are not warriors. They are gangsters. War is, according to the dictionary “a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties”. Terrorists are not nations or states. And there are too many different terrorist organizations to reasonably constitute an identifiable “party” with whom we are at war.
So let’s treat terrorists as what they are – criminals, thugs, gangsters. Let use crime fighting tactics to defeat them, and international police organizations like Interpol, to support us. Let’s not continue allowing Bush to indulge his fantasy role as “war president” any longer. And let’s not let him continue to use “state of war” as an excuse for executive branch “war powers” and limited congressional authority. For an anti-democratic ruler like Bush, the “War on Terror” is the perfect excuse for the perpetual state of war that characterized the totalitarian regime of Orwell’s “1984”.