January 16, 2007
“24” is back on Fox and just in time. In the premier shows for the fourth season we saw constitutional and civil liberties issues raised about going after Muslim extremists as terror suspects. But the writers have brilliantly caught the game plan of those who want to destroy our country and us along with it.
That plan is the infiltration of our neighborhoods, the blending in, in order to appear “just like us” and then when the word comes down from the terrorist hierarchy, the blowing up, shooting and slitting of our throats.
This terror war isn’t about civil liberties. It’s about survival. If we fight it with lawyers, we will lose. That’s the whole point of “24.” This is a war unlike any war we’ve ever fought. It can’t be compared to the cold war, or vietnam. This one is unique and so the attitudes and weapons we must use to fight and win it must also be unique.
I hope you’re watching “24” this season. It will help focus your mind and stiffen your resolve.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.