First off, Mr. Walker, thank you for your service. My father is also a veteran of WWII. He was a Marine who served in the South Pacific, Kwajalean, Tarawa, Mojuro. He saw a lot of combat as a 19 year old and it left its marks upon him.
I must disagree with you, though Mr. Walker. The difference between WWII and today's War on Terror is it is Supra National. Not tied down or even directly associated (at least not openly, officially) with any particular state. Further, the Islamic Militants who wage this war, do not fight it against our troops unless backed into a corner, no they prefer to slaughter innocent men, women, children.
They wear no uniform and would as happily shoot a dog, or crush a cockroach as strap dynamite on a pregnant young woman to explode in a crowded supermarket or fly jetliners into buildings.
This is a new war, for a new century and if we have to put fanatics in fear of their lives in order to save the lives of an entire city, than do it.
Again, Mr. Walker I respect you, but you are by now a very old man and old men dream of peace. I would point out we dropped two atom bombs on cities in Japan to make them surrender. We killed, bombed, strafed, burned,shot destroyed every Nazi we could find even if it meant destroying entire cities and the populations within, to win.
It is terrible, awful, wretched, brutal, necessary. IT is the nature of war. Americans fight wars to win them and if you don't fight to win, you loose.
On this anniversary of D-Day I honor the brave men and women who served, died, fought and yes killed the enemy. If we must terrorize the terrorists to win this dreadful war I say fight this war the way we always fought our wars, with stunning, overwhelming, murderous power that slaughters so many of the enemy they would never ever dare to raise a weapon against America again.
Don't tread on us.