- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008


The election is over, and the cry of “socialism” is on the lips of many Americans. Although socialism is a terrible concept, it is not the greatest threat to our nation at this time. Regardless of how the election had turned out, the most serious threat to our nation would remain terrorism - not the economy or taxes. This issue got lost in the election campaigns. We buried our heads in the sand and hoped that it would go away. Well it didn’t, and it won’t.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, there haven’t been any terrorist attacks inside our country. It will be interesting to see what happens in the near future. Suicide bombers or terrorists using remote detonated devices could cause massive casualties inside our malls, stadiums and major transportation hubs.

Yet the terrorists have failed to carry out any attacks so far. Nobody knows why they have not taken advantage of our vulnerabilities and complacent attitude since Sept. 11, but it is truly a blessing that they have not.

National security reports have confirmed that there are numerous terrorist cells inside our borders, and their inaction might be because of the effectiveness of our national security systems and forces.

It has been made clear by terrorist leaders over many years that they abhor weakness and cowardice and that they have no respect for any world leader that exhibits such traits. They do, however, admire strength, determination and valor even in their enemies. Our national defense and war on terrorists have been about the latter for many years.

It is impossible to say, at this point, whether or not our enemies will continue to take a “hands off” approach on attacking targets inside our nation. In the coming years, the tendency to concentrate too much on our selfish desires and hedonistic attitudes could very well advance the message to our enemies that we are a corrupt and decadent people worthy of destruction.

No sane person wants to see discord, bombings, death and horror unleashed inside our nation by terrorists, but sticking our heads in the sand, trying to appease terrorists and trying to talk them out of killing our children and women is useless and a road map to disaster. One would hope we get spared such tragedies, but make no mistake about it, terrorists will take advantage of any reduction and weakening of our national efforts to protect ourselves.


Millville, N.J.

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