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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Let's Leave The Defeatists Behind

From Skip March on the London bombings today:

As articulated by Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush today's barbaric events in London have reminded us that we are at war with a brutal and murderous enemy. We are also reminded by their remarks that while they (G8 countries) are working to relieve misery and suffering of people in the world, particularly in Africa, these murderers seek to inflict death and suffering on innocent people. We can make our choices, we can choose our reality.

These people are not insurgents, they are not freedom fighters, and they are not liberators. These people are barbaric murderers and let’s start calling them that. They have won the hearts and minds not of the Iraqi's or Afghans or of those people in those countries who are risking their lives to escape these murderers' tyranny, but of those who do not have the stomach or the will to confront this threat at every level. It was former New York City Mayor Koch who cast his vote for President Bush because he in fact has the stomach and the will. It will only be uglier if we do not have the will. There is no room for such words as withdrawal, timetable, global test that reflects a lack of resolve to confront this horror at every level... DO NOT trust those words, sentiments and actions. DO NOT trust the promise of peace in exchange for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The extent to which Africa is the next major battleground in the war with radical fundamentalist terrorism will be directly impacted by the extent to which we have the will and resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. This must be done at the state sponsored and individual cell level. If there is a geo-political equivalent to cancer in its most virulent form, this is it. The economic and financial steps taken by President Bush (the most by any American President) and now the G8 to support Africa are right and essential. However, Africans themselves must resolve to take their own countries and governments back and to create responsible and representative governments. They will follow what happens in Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan very closely. You can be sure that Mogadishu still exists in their memories, as well.

As we resolve to help them economically we also must help them gain the confidence and the will to establish a life of self determination. This is where the hard work comes in. This is where our security and that of the civilized world lies; in the hard work, in the will and in the unfailing resolve.

1 Comments:

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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