Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Escalation of terrorism will not stop at U.S. borders by Felicia Benamon

It's only a matter of time before America is hit again with a terror attack. Because of the rise in terror incidents in other nations, Americans must not think that we will not be hit again. However, our attitudes must be that of vigilance and strength as we come together and realize just who we are fighting.

We are fighting individuals who have a mentality to gleefully behead innocents. Such is the case of two American soldiers, Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker, who were brutally murdered, their bodies desecrated after being taken hostage by a group associated with Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Americans should see, over and over, what terrorists are capable of doing.

We need our resolve back.

My sincerest condolences go to the families of the fallen soldiers.

This is one way, however, that I want to drive home the barbaric methods of Islamic terrorists, and to ignite the ire of Americans toward such evil deeds. Americans are in a serious fight, and we are not to sit back and think all is well, we haven't been attacked. That does NOT mean we are safe or immune.

The escalating violence in other parts of the world, such as the recent terror attack in Mumbai, India in which 200+ people have died, should be another wake up call. Not to mention, Israel has had its share of troubles. But the country continues to fight back, and fight they should, if they are to survive. Israel is surrounded by her enemies, and continues to suffer unwarranted attacks, so Israel must fight back to send a message to her enemies that Israelis will not be intimidated or crushed.

Israel is a model to which the U.S. should follow. The country has stepped up its offensive, not only against Hamas (responsible for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier), but Hezbollah, a terror group based in Lebanon who is financed and backed by Syria and Iran. Hezbollah has been responsible for the kidnapping of two more Israeli soldiers in the past week. The kidnapping, Israel has said, is an "act of war." In response, Israel has massively thrown down the gauntlet on Lebanon, air and sea. Lebanon's International airport was bombed, as Israel tries to choke off supply lines to Hezbollah. Hezbollah's headquarters has been destroyed. This is all for the better, to destroy the base of terrorist operations.

The goal of Islamic terrorists, often backed by other rogue nations has been to agitate and irritate Israel. No matter how much land or efforts on the part of Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians for peace, it is never enough. As attacks continue on Israel, I am glad that President Bush has stated that, "Israel has the right to defend herself." We have Israel's back. Israel is serving notice on her enemies that she will not be intimidated or crushed!

America! We've become too tolerant, being careful not to offend. All too often, America allows politics to get in the way of our better judgment when faced with how to correctly deal with the face of evil in the form of Islamic terror. There is no other way to deal with it than to cut it down, get rid of it. Terrorism will continue and the only way to combat it is to fight it head on, and to keep the perpetrators of terror on the defense.

Perhaps Americans should see FLIGHT 93, the newly released video of the heroic crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who took back the aircraft from terrorists and landed the plane in a field in Pennsylvania. They averted a HUGE catastrophe where the terrorists' supposed targets included the Capitol building or White House.

Americans need the resolve, strength, and the grit of Todd Beamer and crew.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, has stated that World War III has begun. In my opinion, World War III began on Sept. 11, 2001, when Islamic terrorists declared war on all who will not convert to Islam. Does that alarm you? It should. Many people on the face of this earth practice a religion other than Islam. The example of the Mumbai attacks should give one an indication that terrorists want to wipe out anyone who doesn't submit to Islam.

It's time to get in gear! We truly have a fight on our hands!

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