August 2, 2004
Last Thursday's homicide bombing in Iraq left more than 70 dead and many people wondering how something like this can happen after the handover of power to an Iraqi government.
The answer is: for the same reason all other terrorist incidents happen.
The killers regard everyone who doesn't agree with them, doesn't study and apply the Koran the way they do and doesn't conduct jihad the way they say, as infidels.
It isn't about sovereignty. It is about theocracy.
These people don't want elected governments chosen by the people. They want appointed governments selected by themselves.
When is our secular state department going to understand that?
This is a religious war, no matter how much the politicians deny it.
If you don't think so, listen to the language coming from these fanatics. They say it is a religious war and they intend to win it no matter how many of them die.
The only way to defeat these people and save ourselves is to kill as many of them as we can. There is no other way.
I'm Cal Thomas.
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.