September 11, 2007
Much of the media and a lot of people are telling us we are tired of this war. Our enemies aren’t. They’re just getting warmed up. They are counting on our war fatigue.
The Bush administration has made a lot of mistakes in this war, possibly from the beginning in starting it. But whatever mistakes have been made, the biggest mistake of all would be quitting before we can guarantee Iraq won’t become a terrorist base. If we don’t like the bloodshed now, we will like even less the bloodshed of the future.
I read the al Qaeda literature. I read excerpts from sermons throughout the middle east. They intend to destroy us – our economy, our freedoms, and our way of life. Anyone who thinks this war begins or ends with Iraq is a fool and plays into the hands of our enemies.
Six years after the worst terror attack on our soil, al Qaeda and its many incarnations hope we give up. They are not giving up. The only option is to defeat and destroy them. If we don’t, they will destroy and defeat us.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.