In light of this, to fail to act now would be a gross dereliction of our responsibility. Lewis correctly argues that the only thing that will stop terrorism is a show of strength. In the light of what bin Laden has said, no president, Republican or Democrat, could do anything but demonstrate our resolve.
If there are nations harboring terrorists or producing weapons for them, the Western nations committed to the preservation of civilization must act. And in my mind, clearly this is within the "just war" tradition.
As for the president's critics, well, maybe they should visit Ground Zero for a few moments of sober reflection on that horror. It may concentrate their minds on what's really at stake—our survival.
For further reading and information:
See BreakPoint's Fact Sheet on Just War Theory.
"Catholic Answers Guide to Just War Doctrine," Catholic Answers.
In commemoration of September 11, EarthCam has compiled images and archived video that show many aspects of the terrorism and heroism of September 11.
Bernard Lewis, "What Went Wrong?" Atlantic Monthly, January 2002.
Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response <read Townhall review> (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Bernard Lewis, The Crisis of Islam: Modern Jihad and the Roots of Muslim Rage <read Townhall review> (Modern Library, 2003).
Bernard Lewis, "The Roots of Muslim Rage," Atlantic Monthly, September 1990.
Ken Myers's interview with Bernard Lewis is included in the November/December 2002 edition of Mars Hill Audio Journal.
Dana Milbank and Dana Priest, "Warning in Iraq Report Unread," Washington Post, 19 July 2003, A01.
"President Bush, PM Berlusconi Discuss Iraq and War on Terrorism," remarks by the President and Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in Press Availability, Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford, Texas, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 21 July 2003.
"Press Briefing by Scott McClellan," the James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 17 July 2003. (McClellan addresses U.S. credibility in the war with Iraq.)
"Rice: 16 words dispute 'enormously overblown,'" CNN, 14 July 2003.
"Interview: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; Philippine President," Newsweek press release, 25 May 2003.
"President Bush Welcomes President Arroyo of the Philippines in State Arrival Ceremony," remarks at State Arrival Ceremony, the South Lawn, Washington, D.C., 19 May 2003.
Visit the Presidential Prayer Team website to adopt a member of the military for prayer.
The "9/11 Worldview Resource Kit" includes Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?: Understanding the Differences between Christianity and Islam by Wilberforce Forum Board of Reference member Dr. Timothy George and When Night Fell on a Different World: How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson, a booklet that helps Christians gain a biblical worldview understanding of the events of the day. Also included is a "BreakPoint Weekend Special" CD including two interviews with Charles Colson, who reflects on the impact and implications of the events of 9/11 on American society and the world.