Fight ter­ror­ism

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Many years ago I re­call read­ing a news­pa­per ac­count of a car bomb­ing in­ci­dent that oc­curred in Paris, France. An Amer­i­can re­porter asked a lo­cal res­i­dent how they could con­tinue to tol­er­ate th­ese ter­ri­ble events. The lo­cal an­swered that they had been deal­ing with ter­ror­ist events for a long time and had sim­ply be­come used to it. The com­ment was then made that peo­ple in the United States had sim­ply not been ex­posed to this yet and so we did not un­der­stand; and that our day would some­day come whereby we would then need to “learn to live with ter­ror­ism” just like they had.

Upon read­ing this I re­mem­ber think­ing I did not ever want to sim­ply “learn to live with ter­ror­ism.” Amer­ica was founded on the prin­ci­ples of lib­erty and free­dom and can never main­tain her­self as a bea­con of hope for free­dom-lov­ing peo­ple across the globe if she ac­cepts ter­ror­ism as a way of life. Imag­ine sit­ting down with one’s chil­dren and try­ing to ex­plain that they will sim­ply need to ac­cept the threat of death and de­struc­tion by ter­ror­ists be­cause mommy and daddy did not have the will to con­front ter­ror­ism when it was our time to act.

With the Democrats now in con­trol of Congress and joined by many weak-kneed Repub­li­cans, the pres­sures to cut and run from Iraq will be tremen­dous. Amer­ica must not lose her re­solve to win the cur­rent strug­gle for Iraq by pre­ma­turely aban­don­ing the Iraqi peo­ple who have so bravely strived to form a Demo­cratic gov­ern­ment and free so­ci­ety. If we run from Iraq we will only find our­selves fight­ing the same fight here at home. Where shall we run to then? Jim Hutchens Wixom, Michi­gan

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