A Core Will To Win the War On Terror
August 1, 2004
Few Americans will ever forget the terrorist attacks of September 2001 when 3,000 citizens were killed by extremists. Many of us received a frantic phone call from a family member or friend just in time to turn on the television and watch live as the second hijacked jet slammed into the World Trade Center. Those images are burned into our minds forever. The picture that made the most impact on many of us was of a lone fireman climbing up the stairwell in one of the Trade Towers to do what he could do to rescue helpless survivors. The immediate scenes from that point on clearly pointed to the fact that we had been attacked by ruthless terrorists with the purpose to commit murder.
To put the War on Terror into proper perspective, Cal Thomas, the noted columnist, indicated that the "terrorists see us as infidels and they believe that their god wants all of us dead." Renowned Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis explains, "One of the basic tasks bequeathed to Muslims by the Prophet Muhammad was jihad." Lewis says that the "overwhelming majority of early authorities, discuss jihad in military terms. According to Islamic law, it IS lawful to wage war against...infidels and apostates" and that such a jihad is "a religious obligation." To put it directly, how does one negotiate with that kind of mentality?
We need only bear in mind, we did not negotiate with the Hitler's Nazis Germany or with Japan's Hirohito and his attack on Pearl Harbor. We were determined, as a people, to defeat the Axis powers. If we had not acted then, speculate where might we be today? But we did act. And a willing and committed people along with statesmanship-like leadership moved forward with a will and a determination to protect the homeland and to preserve freedom for millions.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time," said liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith back in 1977. "This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership," Galbraith concluded. If so, then George W. Bush came up with the right action at the right time to confront without equivocation America's major anxiety after the September 11 terrorists attacks. He may not have established, at the time, a convincing link between Saddam and September 11. But he did succeed in removing from power this brutal murderer.
There is an obvious nexus between extremist Saddam Hussein and the al Qaeda extremists. A U. S. government memorandum, dated October 23, 2003, put to rest any argument about the connection. The memo laid out exhaustive Iraq- al Qaeda contacts between 1990 and March 2003. These same extremists think nothing of cutting off innocent people's heads to try to intimidate nations and strike fear in the hearts of free people.
The United Nations and the US Congress shared the view that Saddam's regime was a threat to many regions of the world. The U. N. passed 17 resolutions condemning Saddam's extremists regime and called upon him to inform the UN of his weapons programs. He ignored every request of the UN. Through will and determination, this brutal dictator who himself was a weapon of mass destruction, was removed and freedom was restored to 25 million people.
We believe that success in Iraq is and will be a significant success in the war on terror. And with the will of the people, reminiscent of the will of a people in the war against the Axis powers, peace and freedom will be preserved and the homeland will be secure. This is how we see it FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE.