War on Terrorism Has Yet to Be Waged
By Glenn Woiceshyn
Four years have passed since the Sept. 11 massacre by Islamic terrorists, and the threat of yet another attack still looms. That's because a real war on terrorism has yet to be waged.
Islamic terrorism was and is made possible by the dictatorial regimes--including Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia--that sponsor terrorism. Although the United States ended the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, it has done nothing but appease the biggest sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran, which is rapidly trying to build a nuclear bomb while its mullahs chant "Death to America!"
After Afghanistan, the United States committed the tragic error of radically shifting priorities from fighting terrorism to "bringing democracy" to Iraq. Although the Bush Administration wants us to believe that the latter is the logical next step to defeating terrorism, it's not. Allowing regimes like Iran to exist to orchestrate an insurgency has emboldened the terrorists and their supporters, and demoralized the United States. Furthermore, there's a chance that Iraq will eventually vote itself into an Islamofascist state like Iran.
History demonstrates that the way to defeat an enemy and achieve peace is to destroy its capacity and will to fight by bringing the war into its heartland. That's how Japan and Germany were rendered peaceful. The Bush Administration must refocus its energy on ending the bomb-building, terrorist-sponsoring dictatorship of Iran. Let the real war on terrorism begin, before it's too late.