The alleged terror plot to blow up fuel pipelines and depots supplying John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York indicates an obvious point which requires repeating: the Islamic terrorist threat is real and present. The enemy is here and growing, plotting and infiltrating, bloodthirsty and committed. Unless and until we are willing to look this enemy square in the face and call it what it is---without the weight of political correctness and the willful blindness that comes from the wishful thinking that the enemy isn't quite so bad---we are going to lose this war in a spectacularly destructive way. Thank goodness for the law enforcement folks who nailed these guys.
But we, as a nation, aren't even close to being on the kind of war footing we need to win. Islamic terrorists have a seriousness of purpose we haven't begun to fathom----despite these repeated busted plots, despite their statements of intention, and despite the horror of September 11. There is only ONE way we are ever going to win against this kind of fanatical but methodical, mass murdering enemy---an enemy which seeks nothing short of your conversion or death. And that is to be willing to be as ruthless as they are. It's a tough thing for democratic, life-loving societies to absorb. But without that stance, we die.
Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman eventually learned to be as ruthless as the enemies they faced, but not before the United States suffered staggering losses of life. The key differences this time around are that the enemy is seeking access to weapons of mass destruction, and it is driven by its faith. There will be no unconditional surrender on their part. Ever. A willingness to be as ruthless as they are is the ONLY way to signal to them that we are seriously in this fight. Anything less is perceived weakness, and weakness is an invitation to enemy attack.
When the enemy tells you who they are, what they believe, and what they intend to do to you, BELIEVE THEM. Our history is replete with examples of ignoring threats---or trying to "will" them away---until it's too late. This time, however, "too late" may mean the end of our life as the United States of America. We are the world's greatest superpower, but we won't be for long unless we act like it.