Posts Tagged ‘war on terror’

Retaliation is the Wrong Choice

November 30, 2010

Recently, a young man was arrested for attempting to set off an explosion during  a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

First, thank you to the good work of Homeland Security, and all other law enforcement agencies that participated in preventing this attack.  Great Job!!

Second, I would again want to remind us all that it is important that we not allow an escalation of hostilities.

There was a fire at an Islamic Center  in Corvallis, Oregon on Sunday.  Arson is suspected.  It seems likely that it was in retaliation for the failed bombing attempt.

The Bible clearly tells us to “Repay no one evil for evil.”  (Romans 12:17a)  By setting fire to this building we fan the flames of terrorism, giving radical Muslims a crime around which they can rally support for their ongoing activity.

Retaliation is against the teachings of Scripture.  It is against the law.  It is not effective in combatting terror.  It is the wrong choice of action.

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20/20 Hindsight

November 11, 2009

I read something about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan yesterday in the newspaper that concerned me.   “Hasan communicated 10 to 20 times with a radical imam overseas who in the past came under scrutiny for possible links to terror groups…”  and “U.S. officials were aware of the communications since last year, but no formal investigation was ever opened based on them”

I do not know what those communications entailed, but it would seem, in hindsight, that it would have been a good idea to investigate further.

There are many Muslims who simply want to live, and practice their faith in peace.  It would be wrong to condemn an entire group based on the actions of a few.  However there seems to have been enough evidence that Hasan should have been watched more closely, at the very least.

So what happened?  It seems to me, that someone dropped the ball. 

By the way, have you noticed that the mainstream media are not calling this an act of terrorism?  Hasan was scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan with the army.  It appears he was conflicted about whose side he was on. 

Apparantly he decided.

Hasan may not have been a radical at first, but he certainly has become one; unless shooting a large number of military personnel is considered the act of a moderate.

Courageous Military

October 5, 2009

The recent attack on our military in Afghanistan resulted in eight soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice.  Our military is an all volunteer force.   Everyone who enlists is aware that we are a nation at war, and there are risks.  Military personnel accept those risks in service to our country.  It is part of the job.  The courage of our military has been proven over and over again. 

The courage of our politicians, our press, all of the people on the home front, is another matter.  There seems to be a lot of vacillation here at home. 

As a society, we need to stand firm.  Supporting our military is more than waving flags, or tying yellow ribbons.  When the going gets tough we need to maintain a firm resolve to accomplish the mission. 

What is the mission?  To continue to oppose terrorist organizations, preferably on foreign soil.  We can be very thankful to our military, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies, that since 911 there has not been a successful attack on US soil.

When we were focussed on Iraq, a criticism was that we should be focussed on Afghanistan.  Now that the fighting has shifted to Afghanistan, why is there not more unanimous support?

Our military is courageous.  Our support for the mission should remain firm.

Help for Veterans of War

December 18, 2008

There are thousands of men and women returning to civilian life after serving in the War on Terror.  It is a difficult adjustment to return to the civilian world after serving in the military, especially during wartime.

I would like to encourage today’s veterans to consider joining the local vetarans’ club.  Whether it is the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, or some other group, these organizations were established to provide support for America’s military whether on foreign soil or returning to the home front.

If today’s vet wonders what a bunch of “old guys” have to offer them, I would remind them that those “old guys” were once young men who went off to war in a strange land.  Many of them experienced the horrors of war, some experienced victory, and others experienced defeat.  They then returned to the United States and made lives for themselves in the civilian world.  They have dealt with the horrors of war and returned to civilized society. 

They have gone to war and come back.

Who better to help the young men and women of today, but those who have already been there, done that, and returned.

Whether they served in Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf  War or other places that we don’t even think about anymore, veterans share a common bond.

Veterans understand what it is like to go to war, and come back and build a life.

If you are an Iraqi, or Afghan vet and would like some help returning to civilian life.  Contact your local veterans organization.  They would love to help.  That is their very purpose.

Crossing Borders

October 29, 2008

Here in the United States the majority of the news is dealing with the election and the economy.  However I have read recently with great interest some news about the war on terror.  American military forces have crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, and also from Iraq into Syria, to strike at terrorist targets.  Unfortunately,  there is also the collateral damage of loss of civilian life and damage to communities.

It is good that terrorists are not able to hide in safety across a border which they can cross at any time to make their attacks.  They will certainly be less bold in their continuation of attacks if their place of refuge is no longer safe.

I am concerned about how the Arab world will view these attacks by American military.  We really, really, do not want to make new enemies.  We have enough of those already.  At the same time, we really do want to truly complete the mission of eliminating terrorist attacks.

I hope our government and military know what they are doing.

I pray that they will make the right choices.  I look forward to a day when we will debate with words rather than kill or be killed.