Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Acts of War

This article clearly demonstrates that the attack on the CIA agents in Afghanistan and the Nidal Hasan attack at Ft. Hood are clearly acts of war, not terrorism. 

The attacks on the Marine Corps barracks, the USS Cole and even the takeover of the US Embassy in Iran are also acts of war.  If just one president or sitting Congress had had the cajones to declare war over any of these attacks, we might by now be done with the Islamic jihad on Western society.  Instead, by our inaction and refusal to name the beast, we are now bogged down in dozens of Islamic attacks, military, political and demographic.

Being acts of war, they need to be addressed as such.  The Congress must declare that we are in fact in a state of war to enable our military and intelligence agencies to engage Islam as not just a confederation of terrorists fought by civil law, but a unified military threat fought with military might. 


Traitor, Bomber, Soldier, Spy Stop crying "terrorism" every time we're attacked.
By William Saletan
Posted Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at 11:53 PM ET

Two weeks ago, a Jordanian suicide bomber blew up seven CIA employees at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. The CIA called it a "terrorist attack." So did the Associated Press in a report published in dozens of news outlets. Other journalists, analysts, commentators, and TV news anchors followed suit. In a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday, CIA Director Leon Panetta said of the fallen officers, "When you are fighting terrorists, there will be risks."

Terrorists? No, sir. The bombing of the CIA base, like the November massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, was an act of war. It was also espionage. But it wasn't terrorism. Terrorism targets civilians. The CIA officers killed at the Afghan base, like the soldiers shot down at Fort Hood, were not civilians. They were running a war.

According to the U.S. Code (Title 22, Chapter 38, Section 2656f), "the term 'terrorism' means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents." That's the definition we apply to other countries when we designate them as state sponsors of terrorism.