August 21, 2005


On February 26, 1993, Islamic terrorists succeeded in blowing a hole through four levels of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people were killed and over 1,000 injured.

Patiently, Islamic terrorists waited until they could try again. They formed a plan, and completed the steps necessary to carry out that plan. They patiently waited for over 8 years, and on September 11, 2001, they attacked the World Trade Center once more.

Their patience paid off: they reduced the buildings to rubble. They killed 2,749 people, which unfortunately (for them) was well-below the number they had hoped to accomplish.

Today, somewhere in the world, there are men planning another terrorist attack on American soil. They are patiently waiting for the American public to lower its guard. They are patiently waiting for the American public to tire of regular casualty reports and demand the troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan. They are patiently waiting for America to leave its work half-finished in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that they can take advantage of the turmoil and dissatisfaction we would leave in our wake. There is a precedent for that, you know.

So, to those who think we've been in Iraq and Afghanistan long enough and need to bring our soldiers home, I can only urge patience. We must be as patient as those who right this moment are planning to kill us. Leaving those countries won't make them love us. It won't make them like us. It won't make them think any better of us whatsoever. Exercising patience and helping them get back on their feet--not abandoning them after we throw their country into disarray--is what we must stay there to finish. Support the war in Iraq or not, we HAVE to finish the job.

Posted by Jennifer at August 21, 2005 05:30 PM | TrackBack


Nice little piece, Jen...though I think you used the wrong form of "fortunately" in, "They killed 2,749 people, which unfortunately was well-below the number they had hoped to accomplish."

Please tell my you used the wrong word there!

Posted by: Victor at August 22, 2005 06:32 AM

Unfortunate is referring to the fact that the terrorists wish to kill many many more people.

Posted by: shank at August 22, 2005 07:51 AM

Your comments are both unfortunate and ill informed, what breathtaking arrogance you display. i suggest you apply your intellect to finding out the identity of the real perpetrators of september 11th.
next time you remember the innocents murdered on 11 of the 9th, try remembering the countless (the us military doesn't keep score of "collateral" casualties) innocents murdered in iraq and afghanistan by us and allied forces. lots of countries hate not the us or indeed the us people, but they, quite rightfully, hate us foreign policy. ever wonder why?

Posted by: john at August 22, 2005 12:52 PM

And your comments have failed to shed any light whatsoever on the debate. Please do not comment here again unless you have something useful (and more specific) to add.

Posted by: Jennifer at August 22, 2005 12:59 PM


Posted by: shank at August 22, 2005 02:25 PM