Thursday, July 07, 2005
London attacked today: 4 bombings
From Polipundit: The one thing I knew I would hear raised, when I heard about the London attacks, was said on Fox News early this morning. The person who said it was on the phone, not on camera, and I did not catch the name or title, but I suspect that it has been repeated by others today. The point raised was that President Bush says we fight terrorists over there, so we don’t have to fight them at home. I guess their point was that fighting them there, does not keep us from also having to fight them here – at least it does not keep Britain from having to fight them at home. First, it was never said by the President that we would never be attacked again. In fact, Dick Cheney was criticized at one time for saying that we definitely would be. The goal of fighting the terrorists “there” (wherever that may be) before they can get here, is to disrupt and thwart as many opportunities for the terrorists to strike as possible. There have been many terrorist attacks that were planned against Great Britain (and the U.S.) that have been averted. Some have been discussed today, such as the one involving ricin that was discovered. I am certain that there have been many others that we may never know of for obvious reasons. But even if we fight terrorists where they live, and disrupt plans they are making for additional attacks, we have to be 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time, to prevent an attack. The terrorists can come up with a thousand different plots, and even if we can foil 999 of them, the one that we miss can cause serious damage and loss of life. The terrorists have to be right only one time to inflict pain on those they wish to destroy. This is exactly why we have to fight them where they live. If democracy and freedom take hold in the Middle East, there will eventually be less hopeless, angry individuals willing to blow themselves up. Does that mean that at that time there will be no more terrorist attacks? Probably not, just as there will probably always be hopeless, angry individuals here who will snap and go shoot up the office of the company that fired them. The less of those people there are, though, and the less they are allowed to congregate and organize, the less damaging and effective their attacks will be. One thing the attacks today reinforced for me is that the terrorists are not people you can reason with. Nor are they people to be afraid of offending, lest you “make them madder.” Their mission in life is to kill as many infidels as possible. We have already made them as mad as they can be simply by existing. As President Bush has said on many occassions, the fight will not be easy, and it will be a long one. I pray that we continue to be blessed with leaders that are resolved to continue that fight.