Thursday, August 19, 2004

America after 9/11

We are a good and moral people and we form a nation that is the last hope of mankind.
Don't listen to our enemies or the weak sisters in our own ranks who accuse us of all sorts of purposeful atrocities around the world. If we were what our enemies said we were Afghanistan would be an uninhabitable moonscape. Iraq would be the same and quite possibly several other places on the map. would be in similar shape.
No, our sins have been those of omission and inattention.
At most we have been a selfish people, concentrating our attention n the creation of wealth and becoming fixated on the contemplation of our financial navel. And as you have gathered from this book, we as a nation were never really serious about the threat of terrorism in the past.
Our government did more than apply band aids to abrasions while ignoring the festering infection within.
All we really did was to keep terrorism away from our own shores.
Little real work was accomplished because the political leadership lacked the will to tackle the problem, and their lack of willpower was caused by the intuitive knowledge that the American people would not support the effort.
our enemies became bolder while the nation and it's agencies were focused almost exclusively on their petty problems of self absorption, rampant careerism, and beauracratic infighting - an the came September 11, 2001.
We now know what we're up against and I am convinced that \we as a nation have the resolve to protect ourselves and eradicate the scourge of terrorism.
But make no mistake, it won't be easy and it won't be quick. The worst parts , the most threatening parts, of the terrorist menace will be eliminated rather rapidly, but that won't be the end of it.
The work will go on for years if not generations, until the sources and causes that bring about terrorism are addressed and changed. Notice I said changed, and not defeated. For what must change is the attitude of a large part of the Muslim world. The attitude that the United States is responsible for the ills suffered by that segment of the world population. We can't do the changing for them but we must help bring it about.
But at the same time that we are working to help the Islamic populations of the globe find their place in the modern world, we must continue to seek out and destroy terrorist threats wherever they exist.

And tonight , when you are comfortably in your bed, in those quiet moments before you go to sleep, give thanks to what ever deity you speak to that we have a group of men and women who readily go into the worst of harms way, and are prepared to lay down their lives if that's what it takes so that you can live a life without fear.
Remember , we don't call ourselves the land of the free and home of the brave for nothing.

Eric L Haney
American Citizen, Soldier
( excerpt from 'Inside Delta Force')