Winning the War
Written by JB Williams
Not to put too fine a
point on it, but not yet!
This broadly titled enemy
known as international terrorism
may prove to be the most formidable foe ever known to the free world. It is
rooted in Islamic extremism, fueled predominately by a primitive desire to vanquish
all infidels, beginning with Israel
and ending with much of the free world.
It’s army is bigger
than most will let on, scattered to all corners of the earth, operating largely
below radar in more than 60 countries, employing the most brutal tactics known
to mankind, usually against soft civilian targets with the intent of consuming
the hearts and minds of innocent people all over the globe with fear. Even the
most powerful military on earth can’t win a war its people won’t
allow it to fight.
Many people prone to fear
are more than happy to accommodate the threat. Some are even willing to
immediately capitulate, in the name of a temporary false sense of peace. The
notion that we are somehow winning this war seems dubious at best. Yet
it’s an ambitious notion that we must embrace, because we can not afford
No matter how anti-war
one might be, a brief history lesson and a glimpse at today’s realities
around the world will lead you to the undeniable conclusion that this is an
enemy we must either confront now or succumb to later.
Those who honestly
thought this war would be fast and easy, have either not done their homework,
or they are accustomed to fooling themselves as a means of personal
psychological survival. Politicians who spread good news of our positive
advancements in this war are simply rallying the troops to a worthwhile cause.
Conversely, politicians who can only focus on every obvious setback are
providing aid, comfort and encouragement to those we must somehow defeat.
I’m not suggesting
that we have no advancements in this cause by the way. I believe our best and
brightest serving in uniform are doing a miraculous job in their daunting task.
I also believe good news is just as important as bad news in this effort. God
knows our press prefers the negative headlines that sell more papers. I’m
not jumping on that bandwagon ever…
But the fact is - this is
an enormous, complex and very difficult undertaking. Ridding the world of an
entire culture bread, born and raised to kill, is a job that could take a
while. This culture of death and destruction, often found hiding beneath an
innocent looking burka, wasn’t made in a day and its threat to the free
world won’t be eliminated in a day either.
By design, Iraq
is the current central front in this war. But it won’t be for long. We
have seen many advancements since we reluctantly accepted the invitation to
engage in this war. But we are very likely to see the overall picture become
much worse, before it can become any better.
This threat to freedom
loving people everywhere is not new. In fact, part of our problem is that this
threat was ignored and allowed to fester for far too long, gathering breadth
and strength while we foolishly pretended that their grasp could never reach
our shores. We were wrong… dead wrong. The list of politicians who got
this wrong is long and distinguished and it crosses all party lines. Now here
Bush pointed out at the
very beginning, soon after 9/11, that this war will be long and difficult, with
many ups and downs. It will be fought on many fronts by many means. It will
likely not end in this or maybe even the next administration. But it will eventually
He was right about all of
this. Nobody has been exempt from attack in this war. England, France, Germany,
Spain, Israel, even other Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, they are all fronts
in this war and they have all come under attack. You can think this war is all
or George Bush if you like, but the evidence won’t even remotely support
such a claim.
In my estimation, the
next central front in this war is most likely to be Israel
itself. I say this on the basis of watching the storm gather. I say this
because our enemy has been beaten on every conventional front repeatedly,
meaning that they must now somehow strike at the weakest most exposed targets
in order to remain in the battle at all.
Bureau writes today, “Al-Qaeda
leader in Palestine soon to be revealed.”
The same reporter talks
in another column of “Iran has opened an "ideological
embassy" in the Palestinian territories to espouse Shia
Muslim beliefs – including Islam's waging of a final, apocalyptic battle
against "evil". (Evil, meaning Israel
and all infidels of course.)
Meanwhile, The World
Tribune reports “Palestinian
missiles for first time hit Israeli infrastructure.” Iraq,
are all experiencing varying levels of sectarian civil unrest. The battle lines
are being drawn on this sectarian divide and fighters are being recruited not
on a national loyalty basis, but rather upon this ideological basis.
remains defiant in the face of the entire free world, the IAEA and the UN Security
Council, completely determined to one way or another, develop a nuclear weapon.
outspoken new President has repeated his call for the elimination of Israel
over and over. He has spread propaganda accusing the west of bombing the Golden
Dome and other religious sites, when it is in fact, Al Qaeda, with the support
government, who seeks to disrupt Iraq’s
march towards freedom by inciting sectarian violence in many parts of the Middle
The truth is - the west
has no beef with Islam or the vast majority of the Muslim community. Just as
most Christians are not David Koresh, most Muslims are not Bin Laden. But we
have a very serious beef with Muslim extremists who have been blowing up
innocent civilians in countless nations of the world for decades and this
problem won’t go away, it must be defeated.
If we learn nothing else
from 9/11, we must learn that the world is much smaller than it once was and
that not every human being can be trusted with freedom, let alone atomic
Are we winning the war
against international terrorism? Not yet. It is an ambitious undertaking. An
undertaking which we have no choice but to win in the end, how ever long that
might take, how ever costly it might be. Every individual, politician, member
of the press or average citizen, has a responsibility to be a part of the
solution. But we each have a right to be a part of the problem too. It