Wednesday, November 23, 2005

If We Lose This War on Terror, We Lose the America We Know

Americans Jumping To Their Deaths On September 11, 2001

Although leftist treachery led to an obscene withdrawal from Vietnam at a time when our troops in the field had won every battle, there were no lasting effects from our defeat due to the efforts of Ronald Reagan. With the installation of the Peacemakers and the development of Star Wars, the “wall” came tumbling down. Through the ages Americans have gotten complaisant about the protection from harm our two great oceans and our brave and brilliant military have afforded us. Unfortunately, I don’t think the same good fortune is in our future if the Muslim terrorists get their way.

If we withdraw prematurely from Iraq, there will undoubtedly be a civil war between Sunni Muslims, aided by Al Qaeda, and the larger Shia population. No matter who wins out, the prospect for a continued Western presence in the Gulf, protecting the oil fields and the oil supply routes, is dim. Not only might Iran intervene to aid their fellow Shia and gain control of Iraq, but all the rest of the oil-producing Arab countries will respond to our weakness by giving in to the terrorists on many fronts. Kuwait first, and then Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Oman may succumb. Iraq will once again become a haven for these terrorists for their training and support.

There would probably be an oil boycott of the USA and of any country that allies with us, as well as increased terrorism against US citizens and US interests all over the world – including here in our own country. Continued success of the Muslim terrorists might also lead to an effective boycott of our products on world markets, as they threaten other countries with terrorism and an oil boycott if they do not cooperate with the establishment of a new caliphate throughout the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. We came to the rescue of Europe three times in the last century; not only will we be unable to do it again, but we will be mired in the most terrible depression we have ever known. Who will save Europe from the Islamofascists then? Already an intifada is underway in France (where Mullahs have been reported as chastising French-Muslim youths for having acted before they were ready to take over France), and the Netherlands, for centuries one of the most peaceful and open societies in the world, has become an armed camp.

For those who still have not yet recognized the extent of the threat, I offer the following record:

Major Islamic Terrorist Acts Against USA Since 1978:
• Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
• Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
• Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
• Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
• First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
• Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
• Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
• Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
• Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
• New York World Trade Center 2001;
• Pentagon 2001.

Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks by Muslims worldwide. Since 9/11 there have been another 3290 documented Muslim terrorist attacks around the world, as of this morning. (For an up-to-the minute count, check the banner under my profile to the right.)

More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

It's all about Iraq, isn't it?
Yes, it's all about Iraq and...

India and the Sudan and Algeria and Afghanistan and New York and Pakistan and Israel and Russia and Chechnya and the Philippines and Indonesia and Nigeria and Thailand and Spain and Egypt and Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and Ingushetia and Dagestan and Britain and Turkey and Kabardino-Balkaria and Morocco and Yemen and Lebanon and France and Uzbekistan and Gaza and Tunisia and Kosovo and Bosnia and Mauritania and Kenya and Eritrea and Syria and Somalia and California and Kuwait and Virginia and Ethiopia and Iran and Jordan and United Arab Emirates and Louisiana and Texas and Tanzania and Sri Lanka and Pennsylvania and Belgium and Denmark and East Timor and Qatar and Maryland and the Netherlands and Scotland and...
...and pretty much wherever Muslims believe their religion tells them to:

"Fight and slay the Unbelievers wherever ye find them. Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war."
Qur'an, Sura 9:5

The real shame is that we are obviously winning the war in Iraq. Not only has democracy been established in planned stages with enormous participation by the Iraqi majority that wants freedom and peace, but see what a leading expert and author on the Middle East had to say yesterday:

Sign of Al Qaeda Desperation
By Richard Miniter
Human Events Online | November 21, 2005

“Dead men tell no tales, but luckily for intelligence analysts, live women do.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was not able to detonate her bomb at the wedding party and fled with the guests as her husband exploded himself. Now, she is in the custody of the GID, Jordan's intelligence agency. By all accounts, the interrogation is going slowly. Still, enough information is emerging for us to draw some lessons for the triple bombings in Amman, Jordan, on November 9.
Mrs. al-Rishawi's family history reveals just how effective the U.S. military has proven to be in eliminating insurgents. Jordanian intelligence has learned that three of her brothers were killed by coalition forces in Iraq. Her brother, Thamir al-Rashawi, a member al-Zarqawi's inner circle, was killed in April 2004 in Fallujah, when a missile fired from a U.S. aircraft struck his pick-up truck. Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Marwan al-Mu'ashir described her brother, Thamir, as "the emir [commander] of the Al-Anbar region [of the Iraqi insurgency] in the Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of Two Rivers. He was the right hand of Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi."

Her other two brothers, Ammar and Yassir, died in separate battles with U.S. forces in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005.

Explosives Expert

Mrs. Al-Rishawi's sister had been married to a Jordanian explosives expert, Nidal Mohammed Arabiyat, also killed by U.S. forces in Iraq, according to Agence France Presse.

Though the American media is slow to report it, U.S. forces are relentlessly destroying Zarqawi's senior leadership. A November 2 air strike killed two senior al Qaeda operatives in Iraq: Abu Zahra, the so-called Emir of Husaybah, ran all insurgent operations in that Iraqi city, and Asadallah, Zarqawi's key recruiter. U.S. forces have now confirmed the identities of both dead terrorists.

On October 23, U.S. forces captured Abu Hassan, the head of al-Zarqawi's media cell. Hassan was responsible for producing video tapes of insurgent attacks to give to al-Jazeera and other television networks. Hassan even produced forged police and press passes to allow insurgents to case targets and film the devastation following insurgent attacks.

Following these air strikes and captures, Zarqawi ordered the Amman attacks. Was it a sign of desperation? Was he trying to regain the initiative from weeks of reverses?

Another sign of desperation: Consider who Zarqawi sent to run the Amman operation, Mrs. Al-Rishawi's husband. He also a member of Zarqawi's inner circle. He is now dead. Why did Zarqawi send a top officer to die? He has already lost so many. It suggests that either he's running short of suicide bombers (typically Saudi recruits) or he's running short of people he trusts. Either way, it's a sign of desperation.

Meanwhile, Mrs. al-Rishawi is alive and apparently talking. She can certainly tell her interrogators the location of the other insurgents and perhaps Zarqawi's hiding place.

Task Force 626, established last year by the Defense Department, is still searching for Zarqawi. At least three times in the past year, U.S. forces just missed capturing the archterrorist, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We truly believe that Zarqawi's days are limited," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, deputy chief of staff of the multinational force in Iraq, told the Times. At least seven members of Zarqawi's inner circle have been killed or captured. Another 38 regional insurgent commanders have been seized or slain as well as some 71 insurgent leaders that the military refers to as "tier three." "Given [the] many, many sources of intelligence and information, we have great success at killing or capturing his leaders, his cell leaders, his coordinators and his lieutenants, and this chart just continues to expand, and eventually, he's going to be on this chart," Lynch said.

Time is running out for Zarqawi. And the Amman blasts may have only sped up the inevitable.” Richard Miniter

And finally, from Mark Steyn:
“Demonstrating the will to lose as clearly as America did in Vietnam wasn't such a smart move, but since the media can't seem to get beyond this ancient jungle war it may be worth underlining the principal difference: Osama is not Ho Chi Minh, and al-Qa'eda are not the Viet Cong. If you exit, they'll follow. And Americans will die - in foreign embassies, barracks, warships, as they did through the Nineties, and eventually on the streets of US cities, too.”

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At 5:56 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves said...

This is a very excellent piece. I think that some of our leaders who are adamently opposed to this war should read this. Also, if President Bush were to explain it this way to the American People in his State of the Union addresses, I think that more people would understand the ramifications of what can happen if we suddenly pulled out of Iraq. This is a great read, Mason. I wish that you would send it to the Taunton Daily Gazette.

At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hit the nail on the head. You prove the point that not only is it not about Iraq it NOT about Al-Qaeda either. With all the terrorist acts you list it is clear that all the money spent on going for Al-Qaeda leadership is wasted since only other cells will replace those that are eliminated.

The US is attacking the symptoms and not the causes. The reasons for hating Americans should be analyzed not respond with "hate the haters more than they hate you".

I am thoroughly surprised to see a university professor write "wherever Muslims believe their religion tells them to" but why shouldn't people hate bigotry like this??


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