President Bush talks about the war on terrorism nearly every time he talks these days, but rarely with the specificity and force he used in Thursday’s speech at the National Endowment for Democracy. It was important to learn that 10 al-Qaida plots have been thwarted since Sept. 11, 2001, including three inside the United States. To his credit, he also made it clear that this is a world war with a clear enemy that is Islamic in name only: “This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent political vision â€” the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom.” Of course, identifying the foe is not the same as vanquishing him.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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