We all need to sit down, forget about the protests, the killings, the bias, the anti-Bush, the anti-Kerry, the anti-American, the anti-war, the anti-whatever that we see on television. We must forget about all the negative things we are being forced to view and we must think clearly for a second, all the while upholding the beliefs in our values and ideals. We have entered a sustained and long campaign against terrorism. Much like the Cold War, the War on Terror will last decades. This isn't a literal war, but from time to time, it may consist of individual wars like Afghanistan and like Iraq. We need to understand the enemy, in order to defeat him. We need to understand our new tactics. And we need to understand the endgame. We must understand how we'll win. Doing so, requires a long term vision, for defeating terrorism. Many don't believe you can defeat terrorism. After all, terrorism is a tactic of killing. Communism still exists post-Cold War, therefore terrorism will exist post-War on Terror. But we must understand how to defeat the threat of terrorism. The only way to defeat the threat of terrorism is to defeat the ideology which has harnessed the tactics of it. The ideology that uses the tactics of terrorism is radicalism and the only way to defeat radicalism is to discredit it. The War on Terror is a hearts and minds campaign, which we must be not shy away from. Radicalism has,a t one point or another, conquered sectors of religions and political stances, but never before has radicalism taken over a secotr or religion and became as organized and as deadly as radical Islam and terrorism. The growing threat of terrorist attacks, must make one wonder... what will terrorism look like in five, ten, fifteen years? April 1983: US Embassy, Lebanon - 63 dead Oct 1983: US Barracks, Lebanon - 241 dead Dec 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 - 270 dead Feb 1993: World Trade Center - 6 dead Nov 1995: US Base, Saudi Arabia - 37 dead Jun 1996: Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia - 19 dead Aug 1998: US Embassies, Kenya and Tanzania - 224 dead Oct 2000: USS Cole - 17 dead Sept 2001: 9/11 - 2,752 dead Oct 2001: Anthrax Attacks, US - 7 dead Oct 2002: Bali Night Club - 182 dead Oct 2002: Theater, Moscow - 90 dead May 2003: US Base, Saudi Arabia - 29 dead May 2003: Five Hotels, Morocco - 31 dead Aug 2003: UN HQ, Iraq - 19 dead Nov 2003: British Base, Turkey - 27 dead Feb 2004: Shi'ite Parade, Baghdad - 193 dead March 2004: Spanish Train Attack - 191 dead March 2004: Baghdad Hotel - 45 dead The most dangerous realization we face is the combination of rogue states, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorists. Flat out, this is the most serious national security issue we have ever faced. The reason is, unlike the Soviet Union, terrorists have no return address on attacks. For four decades, the very fact that we could destroy Russia and Russia could destroy us, eventually prevented either from doing so. No longer is that the case. The threat we face isn't an ICBM from Moscow, but a suitcase. If we let technology meet up with radicalism... if we wait ten years, ten men, with ten suitcases, will be able to destroy ten American cities. This concenpt hasn't be grabbed yet because, while radicalism iss trong, technology with rogue states isn't. There's a reason they are "rogue" states. However... New York, Chicago, LA, Washington, Dallas, Houston, San Fran, Boston, Miami, Philly, St. Louis... all gone. Are we prepared for this realization? We must cofnront threats now. Much the way Reagan provoked a war with the Soviets, eventually preventing one, we must do the same. We must follow the footsteps of Churchill prior to WWII. We must follow the footsteps of Patton, post-WWII, when he knew the Soviets would be powerful within a few years and wanted to taken them out. Are we prepared to endure these times? Or are we going to make politics more important? We must defeat our enemy. We must learn him. Study him. And destroy him. With every ounce of freedom Iraqis and Afghans experience, we're winning over the hearts and minds of future generations. Islam and freedom can coexist. After all, 500 million Mulsims live in free nations otuside the Middle East. We must bring capitalist and democracy to these people. The annual GDP of all 22 Arab states combiend is less than the annual GDP of Finland. This must change. Iraq must become a gem to the Middle East, which will alleviate radicalism, and discredit the ideology of terrorism. If you think fighting terrorism, fuels terrorism... you're right, for the short term. But we must think long term. We must have a sustained resolve.