I can't help but go to this and think that in a generation we will be seriously contemplatingthe survival of our country. We as a nation haven't figured it out. Or attention span is too short.Most people believe that the first attack on our country was 9/11. They believe that this whole"war on terror" thing ( the quotes are there because that is how media outlets write it.Another example of how our country as a collective doesn't get it).We have been attacked several times for who we are not who's in office. Al Qaeda Started therewar on us when we left Somalia after the Black hawk down episode. That is the moment wherewe were labeled as paper tigers because of our quick exit for the country. Remember our Deltaforce and Rangers didn't lose that battle, over two thousand somalis were killed to nineteen ofour soldiers. Please don't say inoccent somalis, the battle had been raging for hours those whowere out in the streets were active participants. Soon after Jan 25 1993: Mir Aimal Kansi, aPakistani, fires an AK-47 assault rifle into cars waiting at a stoplight in front of the CentralIntelligence Agency headquarters, killing two and injuring three others.
February 26, 1993, Thefirst world trade center attack. A truck bomb parked in the garage kills six and injures 1,042.
March 1: In the Brooklyn bridge Shooting, Rashid Baz kills a Hasidic seminary student andwounds 4 on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York city
March 8 1995: Terrorists in Karachi,Pakistan, armed with automatic rifles, murdered two American consulate employees andwounded a third as they traveled in the consulate shuttle bus. March 1995 : Khobar Towersbombing -- In all, 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi were killed and 372 wounded, by HizballahAl-Hijaz (Saudi Hizballah) with Iranian support,
February 24 1996: An armed man opens fire ontourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, , killing aDanish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland andFrance before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claims thiswas a punishment attack against the "enemies of Palestine". August 7: U.S. embassy bombingsin Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killing 225 people and injuring more than 4,000,by al-Qaeda.
December 14: Ahmed Ressam is arrested on the United States–Canada border inPort Angeles, Washington; he confessed to planning to bomb the Los Angeles InternationalAirport as part of the 2000 millennium attack plots. The last of the 2000 millennium attack plots fails, as the boat meant to bomb USS The Sullivans sinks.
These are just a few of theattacks that were either failed our succsesful leading up to 9-11.I only want to ask why we are not on the same war footing that our grandparents were duringworld war 2. Most of the response I get is that we lost the high ground when we attacked Iraq. That arguement though is ridiculous. Was FDR wrong for invading Itlay, North Africa, andGermany? Of course not, We were in a war against a tyranical ideology. Not just Japan hadattacked us but because once they did we knew that we would have to stop all the fascist in ourworld that could threaten our nieghbors. But I have to say that our nation is too divided to tkaeit serious. In 2008 we will withdraw from Iraq, leaving it to Iran or the jihadis that are there,and just sit back and wait for our attacks that will occur every two to three years. I just wishthe world can see it. But they are too afraid to confront the reality of radical islam.