Friday, October 10, 2003

Victor the myth buster

We are at war. Most would say we have been at war since 9/11/2001, but the cold reality is that we have been at war since 2/26/1993. A war starts not when one side starts to fight back in force but rather when the first shots are fired. WWII didn't start for America when the Doolittle raid bombed Tokyo on 4/18/1942, it started on December 7th of 1941 when the Japanese struck us. The US Civil war didn't begin when Union troops marched into Bull Run it started months earlier when newly ceded South Carolina fired on Ft. Sumter.

We are at war whether or not we like it. We are at war even if we choose not to fight back, as all 9 current candidates for the Democratic nomination would choose. We are at no matter how many myths exist regarding it and this is where Victor Davis Hanson comes in with his latest piece on National Review.

While we may be in various stages of bellicosity with differing states, the fact is that after September 11 we will either accept defeat and stay within our borders to fight a defensive war of hosing down fires, bulldozing rubble, arresting terrorist cells, and hoping to appease or buy off our enemies abroad - or we will eventually have to confront Syria, Lebanon's Bekka Valley, Saudi Arabia, and Iran with a clear request to change and come over to civilization, or join the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.

We are at war until the war is over and that means one side surrenders or is destroyed. They picked the fight now we have to choose how it ends.

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