Saturday, December 31, 2005

Clash of Civilizations

I heard it remarked recently that, since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush has gotten us into a clash of civilizations. Well, if it’s true that there is a war of civilizations, it didn't start with Bush's invasion of Iraq—it started with the attacks by al Qaeda on September 11, 2001 which killed 2982 and injured 2337…

…or maybe on October 12, 2000, when al Qaeda bombers attacked the USS Cole killing 17 sailors and wounding 39…

…or maybe August 7, 1998, when al Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Kenya, killing 291 and injuring over 5000…

…or maybe that same August 7 in 1998, when al Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Tanzania, killing 10 and injuring 77…

…or maybe November 13, 1995 when Hezbollah and al Qaeda bombed an office used by the US military in Saudi Arabia, killing 7 and injuring 60…

…or maybe February 26, 1993, when Islamic terrorists exploded a bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000…

…or maybe October 23, 1983, when a Hezbollah bomber killed 241 US marines and injured 81…

…the list could go on…and on...and on…


The MIPT TKB (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism—Terrorism Knowledge Base) records at least 16,521 injuries and 6814 deaths from 694 different incidents of Islamic terrorism worldwide—all before the US invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003. While the MIPT database is good, but it is hardly complete.

It bears repeating, because it seems some people still don’t understand this simple truth: our problem with Islamic terrorism didn’t start with Iraq, nor did it start with the presidency of George W. Bush. Islamic terrorism is a threat to people of all nations, races, and creeds—especially Muslims.

Just something to think about.

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