Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis, one of the world’s leading authorities on Islam, argues that Islamic radicals saw America’s responses to Vietnam, Somalia, Lebanon, and the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole and our embassies in Africa as evidence that we would cut and run—even when attacked at home. Well, we didn’t, and now, in Iraq, we can’t. We’re not fighting terrorists in the streets of New York. Thank God. We’re fighting them in Iraq.
Our troops well understand the connection between their work and the September 11 attacks. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz wrote that when Christy Ferer, a September 11 widow, recently gave Gen. Tommy Franks a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center, “she saw this great soldier’s eyes well up with tears. Then, she watched as they streamed down his face on the center stage before 4,000 troops.” The general knows well why we fight that war.
We must never forget that fateful day. And we should remind our neighbors that in the face of anti-war rhetoric, we must demonstrate unity, strength, and resolve in the war on terrorism—or risk our national survival.
For further reading and information:
Robert L. Bartley, “Once Again: What We Learned,” Wall Street Journal, 8 September 2003.
“‘The Central Front’,” Wall Street Journal, 9 September 2003.
Brendan Miniter, “Where Were You?” Wall Street Journal, 9 September 2003.
Paul Wolfowitz, “Support Our Troops,” Wall Street Journal, 2 September 2003.
Deroy Murdock, “Endless September,” National Review Online, 9 September 2003.
Max Singer, “U.S. Can’t Afford to Lose,” National Review Online, 9 September 2003.
Dana Milbank and Claudia Deane, “Hussein Link to 9/11 Lingers in Many Minds,” Washington Post, 6 September 2003, A01.
Stephen F. Hayes, “Saddam’s al Qaeda Connection,” Weekly Standard, 1 September 2003.
“Mr. Gore’s Blurred View,” Washington Post, 10 August 2003, B06.
George Weigel, “Islam and democracy: the crucial questions,” Ethics and Public Policy Center, 24 July 2003.
The “9/11 Worldview Resource Kit” includes Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?: Understanding the Differences between Christianity and Islam by Dr. Timothy George and When Night Fell on a Different World: How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson. Also included is a “