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Defeating terrorism

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Submitted by Donald W. Bales (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 17:44

I was born in 1922 so I remember a lot of twentieth century history. After Pearl Harbor things looked rather bleak. But we were united and prevailed. From 1945 until 1989 we were in what I call World War III, the so-called Cold War. It became rather hot in Korea and Vietnam. We were not united in Vietnam and lost on the streets and in the voting booths of the U.S.
But we were united-and lucky (to have Reagan, the Pope and the rottenness of Communism.

Now it looks bleak again, we are not united in this country, in the West and the rest of the civilized world. Many do not perceive the danger. We have a more numerous foe (not all 1.3 billion Muslims are radical, but many are). There is religious revival in Islam. Our enemy has plenty of money-much of it supplied by us-buying the oil and giving money to Muslims (Egypt and the Palestinians). Europe is not only not in a Christian revival-it is post-Christian and many are anti-Christian as are many in the U.S.
Political correctness is another danger as is our judicial system.

Do we have too much "ruth?" Are we ruthless enough to go out and kill enough of these radicals to get rid of some of them? We surely are not loved in the world. We are disliked or even hated by many. Will we even be respected if we lose in Iraq?


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