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