To­day’s Mideast like Ot­toman Em­pire

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

It’s amaz­ing, with all the prob­lems we have in our coun­try to­day, we spend so much time dis­cussing ho­mo­sex­ual be­hav­ior in­stead of what re­ally needs to be dis­cussed — ter­ror­ists.

In four sep­a­rate in­stances, start­ing in 1983, the ter­ror­ists have killed close to 5,000 Amer­i­cans. This is al­most twice the num­ber killed at Pearl Har­bor on Dec. 7, 1941. On Dec. 8, FDR de­clared war on Ja­pan. Very few, if any, protested that de­ci­sion. Yet when Pres­i­dent Bush de­clared war on Afghanistan and Iraq, half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple de­clared war on our pres­i­dent. There is no doubt in my mind, if FDR was pres­i­dent on 9/11, he would have de­clared war on the en­tire Mid­dle East, and no one would have de­clared war on FDR.

Shortly af­ter 9/11, a scary pic­ture en­tered my mind, a pic­ture that goes back to a his­tory class I had in col­lege. The pic­ture was of the Ot­toman Em­pire. The em­pire in­cluded the fol­low­ing coun­tries: the Balkans, south­east Europe, Hun­gary, Turkey, south­west Asia and north­east Africa. We are now at war with sev­eral coun­tries in this area. They are all Is­lamic na­tions. And re­mem­ber, they are fight­ing the en­tire non-Is­lamic world. Thou­sands of in­no­cent peo­ple are dy­ing be­cause the lead­ers of he free world are un­will­ing to act. It’s rem­i­nis­cent of my youth, when Neville Cham­ber­lain re­fused to be­lieve that Hitler wanted to rule the world.

Don’t be un­der the il­lu­sion that the war just started. It started at the end of World War I. It wasn’t in the open where you could see it, but was like a sim­mer­ing fire that was ready to ex­plode at a mo­ment’s no­tice. It fi­nally hap­pened on 9/11.

Arthur James Bal­four, for­eign sec­re­tary of the Bri­tish Em­pire from 1916 to 1919, wrote what has be­come known as the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion. It stated that since the Bri­tish Em­pire con­trolled Pales­tine, why not give it to the Jews for a home­land. The Bri­tish never acted on the dec­la­ra­tion, and Is­rael was cre­ated in 1948. All hell broke out in the Mid­dle East and has con­tin­ued un­til to­day. The United States is one of the few al­lies that Is­rael has. We are at war with all the na­tions of Is­lam, not just Afghanistan and Iraq.

The war is be­ing fi­nanced by Iran and Syria. Al­ready the pres­i­dent of Iran has made it known that he won’t be sat­is­fied un­til Is­rael is com­pletely de­stroyed. Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad is driven by his hate of the Jews. So, all of you naysay­ers who think an­other 9/11 could not pos­si­bly hap­pen had bet­ter read your his­tory books. An­other tragedy will hap­pen if we cut and run in Iraq. The sec­ond Ot­toman Em­pire is here, and I hope we don’t ig­nore it. Harry D. Min­nick Myr­tle Beach, South Carolina

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