Friday, September 01, 2006

We are at War, part 3

This is the third of a series of articles entitled “We are at WAR.”  Tonight, I continue the third part of a commentary by Dr. Vernon Chong, Major General, USAF, Retired.  The first post in this series gives a website for his biography.  Here is the third part.

“Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don’t comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation.

President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation.  Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling.  Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously?  (Unfortunately, the country has been browbeaten into political correctness in this area.  Libertines have been opposed to profiling for so long, it is political dynamite to even consider something so rational and needed.  Our complainers are unfortunately loud and persistent and tend to drown out rational thought.—my addition)  This is war!  (To repeat that, we are at WAR!!!—my addition)  For the duration, we are going to have to give up some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently.  (Contrary to the lies of the libertines, we have done so in the past to win wars.  Losing will end all civil liberties although we have people with their head stuck in the sand who will never admit this until it is too late.  Sometimes you have to save people against their own judgment or lack thereof.—my addition)

And don’t worry that it is a slippery slope.  We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII, and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then.

Do I blame President Bush or Clinton before him?  (Actually, President Bush should be praised for finally recognizing that we are at WAR and taking the offensive after all these years of attacks on the United States.—my addition)

No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness, and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war.  None of those words apply to war.  (None of those words apply to terrorist actions.—my addition)  Get them out of your head.

Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose.  (Personally, I think there are some who would!  They ignore or don’t believe some of the possible consequences of such a loss.—my addition)  I hasten to add that this isn’t because they are disloyal.  It is because they just don’t recognize what losing means.  Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening.      (We are divided!  However, that is normal in the United States even during wars.  The question is how divided and how much influence the naysayers will have in relation to our participation in this war.—my addition)  It concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause.  (Repeating that comment: it does great damage to our cause!—my addition)

Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians (including Illinois Senator Dick Durbin—my addition) and media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying.  We have recently had an issue, involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war, by a small group of our military police.  These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein.

And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason.  They are also the same type of enemy fighters, who recently were burning Americans, and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq.  

And still more recently, the same type of enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of American prisoners they held.

Compare this with some of the press and politicians, who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the ‘humiliating’ of some Muslim prisoners—not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but ‘humiliating’ them.

Can this be for real?

The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense.  If this doesn’t show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can.

To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned—totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world.  (The real world of WAR!—my addition)  Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife.  Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal.  It simply means that they are absolutely oblivious to the magnitude, of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us, for many years.

Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels!  (They have told us their goal of our death repeatedly and we still don’t seem to believe it.  “Why would anyone want to kill us?”—my addition)  That translates into ALL non-Muslims—not just in the United States, but throughout the world.

We are the last bastion of defense.

We have been criticized for many years as being ‘arrogant.’  That charge is valid in at least one respect.  We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world!

We can’t.  (We can’t if we turn our back on GOD and mock HIM.  “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.” [Galatians 6: 7]—my addition)  

If we don’t recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if we are defeated.

(To be continued)        


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