In the wake of 911...
Where I come down on terrorism, and our war against it.
Like anyone would care.

Humans have been fighting with each other pretty much since Cain and Abel, and I don't see them stopping any time soon. They will fight as individuals, in small groups, as nation states, or even groups of nations like NATO or the UN. Why they do this and what causes this behavior is a fascinating subject to discuss, but not really the issue at hand IMHO.

On September 11, a small group of terrorists culminated what, by any reckoning, was a planned and organized terrorist attack on the United States. This attack, clearly successful beyond the wildest dreams of the terrorist planners, has put a great big spotlight on the rules which simply must accompany that aforementioned fighting. My opinion, and I believe that of the vast (99+%) majority of human beings, is that terrorism of any shape or fashion is not a behavior that can be allowed on this planet any longer. Physical confrontations and even wars can be fought with guns and missiles and explosives but it must and can be without terrorism. Innocent civilians getting harmed and/or killed as collateral casualties in a military battle is absolutely horrible yet understandable in a greater good context. However, the planning and implementation of a battle where the sole object of the attack is the killing of innocent civilians and instilling terror in a population with tactics such as suicide bombing missions and bio-chemical attacks must cease worldwide, and cease right now.

I don't care if you are a Muslim fundamentalist from Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan... an Israeli Jew or an Irish Catholic or Protestant... or even a pro-life Christian American who bombs abortion clinics... if you plan, advocate, and/or carry out terrorist acts anywhere on this planet, you are dead meat. Your ass is grass, and the USA is a lawn mower.

I believe it is imperative that the USA take the lead in this battle, that we solicit all of the worldwide support (in some form of coalition) we can towards the cause of policing terrorism (a huge but absolutely necessary task if we are to retain our freedoms). Why is this the job of the US? Because we are the biggest, smartest, strongest and richest, and I, for one, want it to stay that way. Further, this can and must be accomplished within our current constitutional framework, and it is not necessary that anyone lose any of our basic God given or government granted freedoms to achieve a victory.

Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network, in particular his probable successor the Egyptian Dr. Ayman Al Zawahiri, and the Lebanese Imad Mughniyeh, head of the special overseas operations for Hizbullah are tops on my list right now, seeing as how they are already indicted and have confessed to terrorism, but I am sure there are many more out there. If I were them right now, I'd be scared shitless.

September 25, 2001

Ray Charles - God Bless America