Wednesday, September 12, 2001
This Means Total War
The only policy
that has ever proved
effective against terrorism!
Andrew Ping, Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- I have
a picture taken on the Staten Island ferry with the New York skyline
behind me at sunset. It's a stunning view.
I lived and worked in the city of New
York, some years ago. I still have a firm image in my mind of
the skyline as it stood, overshadowed by the Trade Center Towers.
The idea that they're gone, even having
seen the images of Manhattan as it looks now, seems surreal and
As we face this crisis, we unfortunately
do it from a position of weakness. That may be a strange thing
to propose, given that we have the most powerful armed force in
Still, our policy in the past has left us open
for this sort of attack. The previous bombing of the World Trade
Center elicited almost no response from the United States against
the master planners of the incident.
We didn't do anything against terrorism
as a whole or against the various organizations that use it, despite
great capability to do so.
There is only one policy that has ever
proved effective in any measure against terrorism. Some say that
we need to understand foreign nations' grievances against us and
do our best to alleviate them.
This is a laughable prospect given that
many of these grievances are entirely unfounded and unreasoning.
Terrorism can only be fought with legitimate
use of force. Perhaps our best example of how to deal with terrorism
is Israel. In theory, and usually in practice, Israel simply does
not tolerate terrorism.
Those engaged in terrorism are killed,
no quarter given. We have actually done this. President Reagan
had the guts to send a strike against Khadafi following terrorist
Has anyone heard much from Khadafi lately?
We didn't kill him, but we got his house, compounds and many of
We must act now. The fact that terrorist
training grounds, specifically designed to train terrorists to
take over or bomb U.S. airplanes exist in Afghanistan is ridiculous.
We should never have permitted such clearly hostile action.
Afghanistan must destroy them or grant
us the right to do so. When we find out who actually orchestrated
this attack, that individual or those individuals must die.
We have failed to kill leaders in the
past, such as Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. The result
has never been favorable. It is time for President Bush to countermand
the Executive Order that prevents us from assassinating such leaders,
for it has now cost us thousands of American lives.
Osama Bin Laden is our prime suspect for
this attack, and was implicated in the earlier bombing of the
World Trade Center. Had we hunted him down and killed him, perhaps
today would not have happened.
Certainly other terrorist leaders would
have paused before such an action knowing that it would almost
certainly cost them their lives.
Our problem right now is that terrorist
leaders know that we will most likely try to extradite and prosecute
them. They know that we really can't, since countries like Afghanistan
and Pakistan won't cooperate.
It's time to send a different message.
If a country won't help eradicate terrorism, we should do it for
them, and those who would stand in our way can share in the fate
of those who would strike at us.
If we are the strongest nation in the
world, we must act like it, for as today has demonstrated, we
are and always will be a target of irrational attacks.
It is not time for Americans to cower
in fear and cringe every time we must take an airplane. It is
time to send the terrorists running in fear.
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