Since the start of the War on Terror there have been over 3000 deaths. That total is concentrated to one city and it isn’t Baghdad. It’s New York! Most of these deaths have been civilians. Over three quarters of the deaths have been considered “senseless” and in “vain.” Too many have been on the innocents, including wives, former girlfriends, and children. We may not call that a war on terror, but the perpetrator’s of these crimes sure walk and talk like terrorists using unconventional weapons and lurking in dark corners to ambush their prey. There’s a parallel in their culture of death that is too close to the death squads that has been playing havoc on the world in a sick Jihad.
In the battle of mass destruction that started the war, terrorists killed as many as 2000 people in New York City alone by crashing American passenger airliners into the World Trade Center. The numbers have an insane effect about them. And when you take the total of deaths of citizens and soldiers in the country of Iraq and the murder rate in the United States in the same time period, you get an eerily similar number. So why focus on the body count? Because it distracts us from the true mission- There’s a war going on and somewhere between the lines of “how well” or “how awful” it is going, the truth is somewhere in between the extremes. However new data, evidence and translations are coming to light about the enemy and the close knit ties to Iraq. Cool heads prevail. Hot heads and intelligence are oxymorons.
The last that I heard is that there have not been too many recruiters who have sold The Middle East as a popular tourist destination. Most recruiters, to be sure, tell of the significant safety hazards it takes to become a soldier. If I am wrong about this I would be shocked to hear that a recruiter would not divulge that information and also that a recruit wouldn’t sign up thinking that someone in the course of the next few years might not take a few gun shots at him-or her. Please forgive me if that sounds sarcastic, because truly I am not trying to be.
There are just so many things that I have heard from our military men and women and they always seem to know the mission, the risk, and have the resolve to complete the mission. The men and women I talk to in Colorado Springs who have been there are going there, or who have loved ones there-don’t want to come home, they want to complete their tour, and want the support of the American people to help them complete the mission. They see progress! In our instant messaging age and instant results there are way too many people around the country who are not getting it. Meanwhile insurgents roam our own cities taking lives at the same clip as the insurgents. There are a lot of lies and more spin about the anti-war faction of the United States, and it has been this way since the war began. It started when Bush-haters got tripped up on WMD and have been stuck there like a bad trip from sixties. Chris Rock might say “They’re stuck on WMD because they’re on LSD!” Ah, but like a Phillip Marlowe mystery the truth shall un-stick you and possibly set you free! Gather round kids there’s more to the story.
Days after the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Firdos Square, a coalition of allies sifted through reams of documents in a file cabinet of correspondence, payroll and employment records, and strategy of the Hussein regime. According to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes there were a few things found in the rubble that has been omitted from mainstream reporting including documents of Al Quida meetings with Hussein, the establishment of terrorist camps and training recruits within Iraq; and collaboration of planned attacks of Europe and the Middle East. Saddam and sons ordered “special operations” that included assassinations, bombings, and terrorist collaborative activities in London, Iran, and Kurdistan.”
Hayes reports that in July 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that that, “the CIA did not have a focused human intelligence collection strategy targeting links to terrorism until 2002.” An unnamed CIA source said that from 1995 to 2002 the CIA was not “focused on counter intelligence “until we realized that there was a possibility of going to war.” Yet the case of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 turned up an Iraqi official who “mixed the chemicals for that bombing.” An Iraqi government run newspaper in 1995 called Osama bin Laden, an “Arab and Islamic hero,” and there are reports documented that Iraq offered bin Laden “safe haven” in 1998.
In 1995, a senior Iraqi intelligence official met with Osama bin Laden and agreed to broadcast Al Qaida propaganda on Iraqi government run television.
President George W. Bush has been called inept at best and a malicious liar at worst while the death toll in the war on terror is climbing. Yet the collaboration of Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida, the intelligence and the remnants of WMDs, the staging area, training camps, and the insurgent murderers, bent on conquering freedom all present in Iraq now and before the war- is precisely the reason why we continue to fight. All of these facts are worth considering when really examining our motives and resolve for supporting not only our President, but our troops as well. The Congress and the Senate can make resolutions to not support America’s war on terror, but are they resolved in fighting the war on our own streets? Considering the death toll and the body count in our cities we would have a hard time fighting both wars. And they are both important to win.