December 28, 2004
The tragic homicide bombing that killed more than 20 Americans last week in Mosul is an unfortunate element of war.
The terrorists understand the game.
They know pictures of dead and wounded Americans will be flashed on American TV screens and on the front pages of American newspapers.
They know there will be stories of grieving relatives that tug at all our heart strings.
It is all about undermining American resolve, because they know they cannot defeat the giant American military regime, so they attack our will.
You can be sure there are no pictures of dead Iraqi terrorists or terrorists from other countries on the television screens of muslin nations.
Similarly, there are no interviews with grieving relatives.
There is only jihad and martyrdom and doing it all for Allah and against the satanic occupiers.
If you think you're on a mission from God and that dying as a martyr is better than living as a slave, then you are highly motivated.
My only hope - other than God's protection of our troops - is that we won't cut and run and that we will win.
We have to.
The alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.