Friday, February 24, 2006

Sectarian Violence in Iraq and the War on Terror

Critics of President Bush’s policies in Iraq will doubtless smirk, “I told you so,” as sectarian violence over the bombing of one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines spins the country toward potential civil war. But, no matter what unfolds in Iraq, confronting radical Islam through the War on Terror remains a sound strategy not only for the United States but for Western Civilization as a whole.

We have been at war with radical Islam at least since the mid-‘70s, when the Ayatollahs took over in Iran, once-beautiful Beirut was reduced to pockmarked rubble as Syria destroyed Lebanon and UN peacekeepers were being kidnapped and murdered. We were at war, but we didn’t realize it. The seizure of our embassy in Tehran, the hostage ordeal, the bombing of our Marine barracks in Beirut, the first World Trade Center attack, the bombing of our embassies in Africa, the attack on the USS Cole followed. It took the destruction of the World Trade Center and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives to awaken us from our slumber and take up the fight.

A civil war in Iraq won’t change all that. Nor will it change the fact that the world’s leading terrorist state, Iran, headed by an unhinged latter-day Hitler, is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons.

The War on Terror—and against regimes that aid, abet, fund, arm, incite, direct or provide refuge to Islamic terrorists—must continue. If we unilaterally stop fighting, the terror attacks will only continue, will only escalate, and Western Civilization will gradually give way to a culture and an un-Reformed religion that are rooted in Medieval times.

That is not an option.


At 12:08 PM, Blogger Cadillac Bob said...

Damn straight, Shane!


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