taking the threat of war seriously

17 10 2006

Are we taking the threat of war by radical Muslims seriously enough?  I think we’re not.  Why are we not?  I recently read where someone compared our approach to this threat versus Communism in the Cold War :

In five years [since 9/11] we have, remarkably, never had such a sustained effort to publicly debate the nature of the danger. At the outset of the Cold War, Congress spent years holding hearings on the “red menace”. Some people think they overdid it. I do not. But it required that sort of an effort to establish the public support and bipartisan judgment over 50 years that communism was, in fact, a worldwide threat to civilizations. It was such a threat; and it was defeated. But only because the public, for 50 years, understood the danger and voted for politicians who were prepared to vote trillions for defense. Until the American and European publics have become convinced of the present danger to them, we will continue to stumble, take half measures and fail to adequately defend ourselves. ~ Tony Blankley

The last sentence of that quote concerns me, because I see it in our country (the U.S.).  We aren’t putting forth adequate effort to defend ourselves, and it may cost us a lot in the long run.

A glaring problem is the open border.  We want to keep track of who comes into our country, but we don’t want to secure the border.  Obviously we can’t have it both ways.  How long will politicians discuss the border and illegal immigration before they actually do something to alleviate the problem?  I’m afraid it will linger on until there’s a big tragedy caused by terrorists who came across the border without our knowing.  Then there will a huge outcry from both sides (Republicans and Democrats), each party blaming the other for not securing the border.  (Can anyone else see this?)

Of course the war in Iraq is a big issue, too.  I don’t think we’ve done everything the right way, but at least we’re doing something.  A lot of people are emphatically saying we should pull out.  It’s a valid option, but what’s the reasoning behind it?  Will that make progress in the “war on terror”?  Will it make our country safer?  Is it better for the people in Iraq?  I seldom hear these issues addressed on this topic by those who want to pull out of Iraq.  We need to consider what’s best for our country and what is the right thing to do.  (Although if you’ve dismissed the concept of “absolute truths”, then you can’t say your definition of what’s “right” is actually true for other people.)  I get tired of all the politics on this subject.  We need to quit blaming other people, and we must work to make our future safe.

I think too many of our politicians are more concerned over who’s running things than what’s best for our country, and obviously that’s a bad thing.  I also think we take our country’s freedom and safety for granted.  Hopefully these things don’t end up costing us our freedom and safety.  There are many people in the world who are actively trying to destroy our country, and we must be ready.  There’s not time for playing “politics”.

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25 10 2006
Beppo’s Blog » Blog Archive » being proactive in preventing terrorism

[…] I think one area where this applies is the open border between the U.S. and Mexico.  I wrote on this recently, because it’s an issue of national security, but the government sure is taking its time to do something about it.  I suspect we won’t make much progress on it until something tragic happens that’s due to our lack of border security.  Then we would certainly react to it.  But we should take it seriously now, before something really bad happens. […]

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