Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 20


 
 









 
War on terrorism is now beginning

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 hour.

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 will ensue.

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.

Caster, a junior chemical 
engineering major, can be reached at patrioticcatmaster@yahoo.com.


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