For those who doubt the primacy and reality of this issue, here are seven major current news stories:
- Oil-For-Food and the funding of terrorists;
- a new Osama bin Laden tape advocating the overthrow of the Saudi government;
- the possibility of al-Zarqawi relocating to Baghdad;
- the Athens bus hijacking;
- the State Department's plan to designate Hezbollah's television station a terrorist organization;
- Britain's top court ruling against their 'Guantanamo'; and
- Germany's attempts to extradite terror suspects in light of their inability to prosecute them.
These examples illustrate how the problem is world-wide in scope. This isn't about Iraq, and it isn't about George Bush. It's about freedom and democracy and the defeat of tyranny. I've said it before and I'll say it again: thank God we have a president who understands this. We simply cannot rest in this war, wearisome though it may be. We've got a long way to go, but Afghanistan and Iraq are good starts, warts and all. This issue will probably dominate our foreign policy for my lifetime, and that sickens me, but we have no choice but to see it through. We will win because we have to win, it's as simple as that.
Does that mean we will eliminate terror? Of course not, any lunatic anywhere can be a terrorist. The fact that crime exists doesn't mean you can't shut down the main criminal organizations. Others will sprout up, yes, and that is why we must remain vigilent, but I believe the day will come when every nation will view the harboring of terrorists as an unacceptable risk. This is the objective of the war; keep them worrying about their own safety, their finances, their ability to even get a good night's sleep for fear of being captured or killed; a terrorist who is worried about these things isn't likely to spend much time plotting new outrages.