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The Evil We Face

The release this week of the video showing the desecration of two U.S. soldiers inspired my latest column at The Examiner.

After all we have now seen, it is impossible to deny the evil that we face, although there are still some who try to justify or diminish it. Some even try to do so by equating the evils of terrorism to the criminal actions of a few American soldiers. Thankfully the current administration does not.

On Sept. 21, 2004, a day after news of the beheading of an American contractor, the vice president gave a speech in Ohio which included the following statement, which is every bit as true now as it was then: "Today we face an enemy every bit as intent on destroying us as the Axis powers were in World War II. And from the night of Sept. 11 to this day, America has left no doubt about where we stand. We have no illusions about the nature of this struggle, or the character of the enemy we face.

"The reports of the beheading of an American hostage yesterday are another reminder of the evil we face. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack Armstrong's family. His death is one more reminder that this is not an enemy we can reason with, or negotiate with, or appease. This is, to put it simply, an enemy that we must destroy."

There are arguments that can be made on both sides of the issue of the war in Iraq, and how the action there affects the overall war on terror. There are also debates that should be had about how vigorously terrorist suspects should be interrogated and when and how various rights should be recognized and weighed against potential threats posed.

What should not be lost in those debates, however, is the realization of the seriousness and undeniable evil of the threat we face.


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Comments (7)

How many more attacks is it... (Below threshold)

How many more attacks is it going to take for the Senate and House and the American people to realize how evil and determined the terrorists are? I hope it is not going to be too late.

We reap what we sow. The mi... (Below threshold)

We reap what we sow. The middle east is literally on fire as a result of this administration's failed foreign policies.

Suggesting that we need to stay the course, instead of demanding that the United States retool our approach to terrorism, is loyalist cheerleading that will only lead to more live lost, and a greater loss of security at home.

We should all listen to old... (Below threshold)

We should all listen to old "pucker puss" (lee lee) and have all our enemys bend over so we can kiss their ass one by one. Then we can get down and lick their boots. Then we can do what ever it takes to appease them--kiss their ass again, change our laws to suit them, do away with our way of life, kiss their ass again and etc. (and by the way-kiss their ass again) (Now you know where old lee lee got his new name.)

The middle east is... (Below threshold)
The middle east is literally on fire as a result of this administration's failed foreign policies.

Yep, because the Middle East was bastion of peace and goodwill on Earth before Bush stole the 2000 election. Since 1948, every other U.S. President has been able to make the Arabs/Muslims and the Isrealis kiss and make-up, sing Kumbya and all that stuff. We had 52 years of peace until Bush took office.

Lee, your obsession with Bush is just creepy and unhealthy. You should seek psychiatric help immediately.

kbiel: Not at all!... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:


Not at all! Lee is a self-professed troll. He's merely doing an admittedly pretty good job of staying in character.

Since he has nothing to add, nor does he wish to have anything to add, any and every thread must have his troll droppings, in the form of a de rigeur "Bush BAAADDD!!!" posting.

Only one way to deal w/anim... (Below threshold)

Only one way to deal w/animals - and it isn't by cloaking the Geneva Cenvention BS around them. We should let them know that every one of them we terminate w/extreme prejudice will be buried inside the carcass of a pig - ensuring their express departure to hell and not the umpteen vestal virgins in paradise.

Evil doesn't take vacations... (Below threshold)

Evil doesn't take vacations. In fact, lately I think it's working over-time.






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