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Friday, September 9, 2011

The War On Terror - Fighting An Invisible Enemy

When will the War On Terror end?
Ten years ago, America launched a war when President George W. Bush stood on a pile of rubble from the World Trade Centers and responded to a crowd chanting, USA, USA, and yelled through a bullhorn, "I hear you. And the people that knocked down these buildings are going to hear from all of you." America had begun its War On Terror - Fighting An Invisible Enemy.

Unlike previous wars, our new enemies carried no flag, they wore no uniforms, they didn't even emerge from a single country - they came from an ideology. This vicious train of thought came from Islamic Fundamentalists. Their objective - total destruction of the United States of America and its allies.

In previous conflicts that ended in victory, parties from both sides met and signed documents that ended the fighting and set forth a path toward healing and reconstruction. The War On Terror will never have such a photo opportunity.

Fighting ideas is different than fighting a country. Your enemy can be anywhere. They are like roaches, no matter how many you kill, they keep coming back.

We've killed Osama bin Laden. We've killed Saddam Hussein. We've killed dozens of Al Queda leaders and masterminds. But they are still out there.

According to our government, we have severely weakened their ability to do harm. But all it takes is one person with a plan, an evil plan, in the right place, at the right time, to cause terror. Because terror is not so much about how many people are killed. It is about the fact that it can happen any where and at any time. One event ripples through the minds of a country and puts everyone on alert. Terror is the most insidious evil known to mankind.

Since the War On Terror has begun, over 7,500 coalition troops have paid the ultimate price in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001 and over 3,000 children lost a parent that same day. It's a heavy price to kill roaches that will keep coming back.

The only way to stop terrorism is to cut off its funding. Without money there are no guns, without money there are no bombs, without money there are no plane tickets to America, without money there are no terror cells in apartments in major cities. Killing the bad guys is one thing. Killing the masterminds helps. But killing the money supply is the only way this war can be won.

It looks good when the president can report that Osama bin Laden has been killed. It would look even better if he could tell us, "The people who have been paying for all of the terror around the world have been found and killed." That would be news. That would bring hope. That would end fear. And I'm sure it would expose a lot of people we have assumed to be our friends. That would be victory.

Without a flag, a uniform, a country, we can fight evil ideas all over the globe. But until we kill the bankers of evil, we'll be fighting the War On Terror forever because we're fighting an invisible enemy.

This post is dedicated to the memory of the victims of September 11th, the soldiers who have fought and died for our country and the families of those who have lost a loved one any time over the last ten years in the War On Terror. 

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