also discussed the nature of war with Afghanistan. Sicilia mentioned
the difficulty of waging a war against Afghanistan because it has no
constitution or stable government. Afghanistan has group factions against
group factions, and the United Nations recognizes just one faction.
It is not a country by our standard definition, so against whom would
we be striking? "This is where history really matters," says Sicilia.
We cannot fail to understand the history and culture of the region the
way we did with South East Asia during the Vietnam War. The American
government must also try to understand the causes of anti-U.S. sentiment
in the region.
According to Professor Sicilia, perhaps the most striking detail of
the whole situation is that in many ways the "fundamental nature of
conflict has changed. It is not associated with nation-states and official
declarations of War." It is ambiguous-and more so than the Cold War
where our enemy was more overt. Terrorists are covert and they can operate
in any country. Just how exactly will this global war be waged?