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Do we have the will to fight?
By Charles A. Morse
The attack of September 11 marked the opening salvo of the Third World War. While both sides refuse to admit it and are presently observing a shaky cold peace, the equivalent of Pearl Harbor Day has nevertheless arrived for the Western Democracies. The Afghanistan operation is the first skirmish and the outcome is by no means assured.
This enemy is as aggressive as both the Nazi's and Communist's in their day. Indeed, the present enemy has absorbed much of the political, military, and philosophical remnants of these two colossal European movements. The modern scientific Socialist outlook and methodologies of Nazism and Communism have been merged into the archaic Islamic Empire.
The Islamic States, together with the Communist States of China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, and other Third World States share an unbending hatred for the West. The CIA recently released a report indicating that China will have an estimated 100 long-range nuclear missiles aimed at the US by 2015. The Islamic States are rapidly developing nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and intend to use them. Al Queda cells are scattered across the globe. Elements of the international left may have already revived their Cold War function as fifth columnists.
The war need not involve major loss of innocent life or long-term infringements on our civil liberties if we play our hand correctly. Many positive steps have already been taken but more are needed to stave off catastrophe. Following are some suggestions:
The response by the American people to the attack of Sept. 11 was a heartening display of patriotism by even some of the most hardened anti-American leftists. This spirit should result in action.
An enemy that seeks to impose their will on us by use of force has practiced war upon us. The terrorist nations are, without exception, sick societies teeming with corruption and wretched poverty. They will be welcomed into the civilized world if they forego and dismantle their violent apparatuses. Meanwhile, the US and like-minded nations are in their rights to protect their sovereignty and the lives and futures of their citizens.
Chuck Morse is the author of "Why I'm a Right-Wing Extremist".
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