[Before you read this, just a note that we need only $200 more dollars to meet our goal of $10,000 raised in the Strengthen the Good appeal
at Command Post. More on that later]
Because I unwillingly - or due to unfortunate cable modem circumstances - had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to say before I actually opened up the browswer to say/write it, most of what you're about to read has been covered on plenty of blogs last night and today. I'll plow on, nonetheless.
Well, no. I don't have the time to plow on right now. It will have to wait.
Really, what I just wanted to say comes down to this:
The war we are engaged in right now is not just the war in Iraq. We are at war against an ideology. We are at war against evil. Saddam and al Sadr are just part of that evil. al Qaeda and the martyr's brigades are just part of it.
If you put it together as a whole it is called World War III, or even IV depending on your perpsective.
This is the time to forget about oil, forget about WMDs, forget about whatever reasons you have for protesting.
Nick Berg's murder should bring us together. It should have the exact opposite effect that the murderer's intended. It should make us feel that, as Americans, our lives are at stake. It should make us feel the way we did on September 11, 2001 when we stared out our windows or at our televisions and said holy shit, we are at war.
Our enemy has not changed since that day; we are still fighting the same core group of fundamentalists that have the common goal of wanting the infidels dead. And who are the infidels? Americans and Jews.
We should look at the video of Nick Berg's murder and see a common enemy called evil. We should hear the audio of Nick Berg's murder and listen to the chants of Allahu Akbar
and hear what we are up against.
The video should make you angry. But it should not make you angry at your own country, your president, a few bad soldiers, Donald Rumsfeld, conservatives, liberals, Al Franken or John Kerry. Not even at the media, misguided as they are. We should not be angry at anybody but the people who swung the knife and every last person that follows the beliefs that they do. That's where our anger should directed. That's where the fingers get pointed.
Think about that. Go, listen to the shouts of Allahu Akbar
, watch the soulless men with the covered faces dance and chant while Nick Berg screams in agony.
We have met our enemy, again. We met him in Munich. We met him in New York. We met him on the Achille Lauro, at the Kobar Towers, on the USS Cole and in Fallujah. We met him at the mass graves.
We will meet him again. And again. Our enemy cannot be defeated if we cannot agree on who he is.
I know with certainity that the men in that video and everyone who subcribes to their deranged version of the religion of peace is our enemy.
What's it going to take? Another 9/11? Maybe the loss of a whole city? What will it take before people stop blaming everyone but the doers of evil?
Something's coming. Wait for it. As long as they know that we don't have the backbone to do the right thing, they'll come at us full force.
Which begs the big question: What is the right thing? And are we right now doing the wrong thing?
Update: Read this