January 10, 2007
President Bush addresses the nation tonight. He is expected to announce an increase in U.S. troop strength in Iraq along with a list of benchmarks for the Iraqi government to hit so that Americans will not have to stay forever. It is a worthy goal, but most importantly, this is a war that will not go away unless we win.
Somalia is a good example. Al Qaeda is active there and the Ethiopian government recently routed al Qaeda forces. Monday, American planes bombed suspected al Qaeda targets in Somalia.
This is a stateless war. States are used as staging areas to expand the war. Targets are the United States, Britain and the rest of Europe. Muslims in Spain have announced plans to build a giant mosque and renew the old city of Cordoba, which in the 15th century was a center of Muslim influence. Funding will come from abroad, probably Saudi Arabia, which has been paying for the building of mosques and Islamic schools throughout the world, including the United States.
This war could last a century and we had better be ready to fight it that long because our enemies are prepared.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.