War on terrorism is now
Matthew E. Caster
War is a frightening word to many Americans,
particularly if it's a war we must fight. I've been moved in recent days
at how Americans as a whole
have pulled together and accepted the
role our nation must play in the crackdown on terrorism.
Several times this year, leaders of fundamentalist
Islamic groups have met in unprecedented conferences to discuss proclaiming
jihad on the
United States for its continued support
of Israel. Jihad is an Arabic word meaning "holy war." The tragedy of Sept.
11 can be considered the first
battle of this war.
My view on the topic is simple: If the
murderous bastards who committed this atrocity want a holy war, I say we
give them a holy war. This is the
first crusade of the 21st century, and
it's a fight we ought to make.
But this crusade is different from those
of the last millennium, for this is not a battle between religions, but
rather a battle between ideologies. The
time is now for Christians, Muslims, Jews
and every other religion on earth to obliterate the ruthless animals who
dared to take the lives of
innocent American civilians in this cowardly
and cold-blooded act.
In last week's article, I stated that this
would be America's finest hour. I've chosen to revise that statement. The
recent outpouring of support from
nations around the world, including some
which have in the past shown hostility towards the United States, has proven
to me that this, ladies
and gentlemen, will be the world's finest
This is the hour when the entire free world
proclaims to terrorists everywhere that these atrocities will be tolerated
no longer. With the U.S.
leading the charge, a new world order
President Bush, who continues to impress
me with his actions on the matter, announced to the world that this is
a war begun by others that will
end at an hour of our choosing. The time
is now. Honestly, as soon as I heard our leaders were considering large-scale
military reprisals, I was
ready to enlist, and it was only through
the impassioned pleading of my mother that I did not. But I will do everything
I can to support the brave
young men and women who engage these beasts
domestically and internationally.
I was deeply moved by the words of Winston
Churchill, who, while addressing a different enemy at a different time
somehow managed to convey
the same message I'm trying to convey
to you. He said, "You ask, what is our policy? I will say it is to wage
war, by sea, land, and air, with all our
might and with all the strength that God
can give us: To wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in
the dark, lamentable
catalogue of human crime. That is our
policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory --
victory at all costs, victory in spite of
all terror, victory, however hard and
long the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."
This is our crusade against evil, friends.
We're going to fight it. We're going to win. God bless America.