Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Muslim Extremists Target Bangladesh

Muslim extremists advanced their end of the war on terror into cities and towns throughout Bangladesh, exploding over 100 small home-made bombs nearly simultaneously throughout the region. (China Daily: Over 100 small bombs explode across Bangladesh). Leaflets dropped along with the bombs proclaimed, "It is time to implement Islamic law in Bangladesh. There is no future with man-made law."

Bangladesh is already a Muslim country, however that is not enough for the extremists. These groups are seeking to impose strict government control based entirely on the most rigid views in the Koran. The concept of a secular government or a society based on religious freedom is totally repulsive to them.

Whether we like it or not, we are at war with Islamic extremism. This isn't a war of our choosing and it certainly did not start with either 9/11 or with our liberation of Iraq. Rather, this latest phase of a war that goes back to the first crusade started in 1979 with the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the holding of US hostages for over 400 days.

As we've seen with many of these bombings, it only takes one side to fight a war. It's time for the rest of the world to fight back. It's time for the rest of the world to take a stand against these Islamic extremists. Those that support these extremists are enemy combatants. The cleric that supports these extremist groups is an enemy. So too are those that donate to charities funding terrorist organizations and activities.

In his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001, President Bush declared that we "would not distinguish between those who carried out terrorism and governments that support and provide safe haven to terrorists." It's time to hold him to his words. The President declared Iran, Iraq, and North Korea to be an "axis of evil". True enough, and we're seeing just how accurate that assessment really is. He did not go far enough, however. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria need to be added to that list.

This fight against Muslim extremists will not disappear on its own. Pulling out of Iraq - which would be a huge mistake - will not end the attacks. To win this war, we need to take the fight to the extremists. We need to take this war to the training camps in Pakistan. We need to take the war right to the source of funding in Saudi Arabia. We need to take the war to the ultimate supporter of Islamic terrorist groups - Syria.

Our enemies are at war with us, and had been long before we entered Iraq. It's time we recognized this as a war and truly started fighting back.


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