December 30, 2004
Here's a story that didn't get much play in the media.
American Marines last week arrested 44 suspected Iraqi insurgents in the treacherous belt of towns south of Baghdad known as the triangle of death.
American forces have, so far, arrested nearly 600 suspected terrorists in the last five months.
The only stories that get front page treatment, though, are the one or two who escape detection and blow themselves up, killing Americans, too.
My view is that we should be taking the battle to these people, wiping them out, and destroying their weapons and means of production.
However many troops it takes and whatever it takes, it must be done.
Sometimes I think we fight wars as if we don't mean it.
Our enemy fights war as if he does and nothing else matters.
We can't be worried about sensitivity or abuses.
Our only concern should be total, complete and overwhelming victory on our part and unconditional surrender or annihilation on theirs.
Otherwise, why fight?
This is war.
Let's act like it.
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.