A proper war in self-defense is one fought without self-crippling restrictions placed on our commanders in the field. It must be fought with the most effective weapons we possess (a few weeks ago, Rumsfeld refused, correctly, to rule out nuclear weapons). And it must be fought in a manner that secures victory as quickly as possible and with the fewest U.S. casualties, regardless of the countless innocents caught in the line of fire. These innocents suffer and die because of the action of their own government in sponsoring the initiation of force against America. Their fate, therefore, is their government's moral responsibility. There is no way for our bullets to be aimed only at evil men. - Leonard Peikoff
This is a sampling of an essay by Leonard Peikoff, published on October 2, 2001. My contrbution to the commemoration of 9/11 is to highlight Peikoff's piece, entitled "End States Who Sponsor Terrorism".
This is a reminder that the "War on Terrorism" is not and never has been about terrorism. It is a War against an imperialist, aggressive, ideologically driven totalitarian movement bent on worlwide Islamic Supremacy. It is a movement that thinks in terms of decades and centuries, and believes that time is on its side.
We must Never Forget, and we must never forget the real nature of the enemy.
I'll close with the words that represent the root of the terrorists' hatred of us, and the only antidote to Islamic or any other brand of tyranny:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
ARC on Islamic Totalitarianism
The Objective Standard, Summer 2011 Issue
Ayaan Hirsi Ali