When we won world war 2, we made agreements with Japan and Germany. They promised to stop attacking at killing people - THEN, the war was over.
In the war on terror, I heard someone say that the enemy gets a vote. I thought that was a really good way to put it.
The enemy does get a vote. Just because we have laid down our weapons and have stopped fighting, it doesn't mean that the war is over. The enemy hates us and will keep fighting until we are all dead.
We don't want war, we don't want to fight. But, our way of life is worth fighting for.
The idea that when we stop fighting and withdraw, the war is over is Sesame Street logic. It sounds really good in a catchy tune sung by big-eyes puppets, but it doesn't work in reality.
The enemy still has a vote.