GWB nails a home run. (Found on Ace of Spades)
Some have argued that extremism has been strengthened by the actions of our coalition in Iraq, claiming that our presence in that country has somehow caused or triggered the rage of radicals. I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September 11th, 2001, and al Qaeda attacked us anyway. The hatred of the radicals existed before Iraq was an issue, and it will exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse. (Applause.)
The government of Russia did not support Operation Iraqi Freedom, and yet the militants killed more than 150 Russian schoolchildren in Beslan. Over the years these extremists have used a litany of excuses for violence -- the Israeli presence on the West Bank, or the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia, or the defeat of the Taliban, or the Crusades of a thousand years ago. In fact, we're not facing a set of grievances that can be soothed and addressed. We're facing a radical ideology with inalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world.
No acts of ours involves the rage of killers. And no concessions, bribe, or act of appeasement would change or limit their plans of murder. On the contrary; they target nations whose behavior they believe they can change through violence. Against such an enemy, there is only one effective response: We will never back down, never give in, and never accept anything less than complete victory. (Applause.)
Read the last sentence. It is Churchillian. I can feel the goosebumps.
What we don’t know is how God, as He continually accomplishes his purposes, will use the Islamic terrorists. In the Old Testament book of Habbakuk, the prophet is complaining about how the Israelites have turned from God and he asks what God is going to do about it. God tell the prophet that he is going to use the hated Chaldeans to punish the Israelites. The prophet is horrified. He points out that the Chaldeans are worse than the Israelites. God replies that He will also punish the Chaldeans.
Here’s my point. God may choose to use Islamic terrorists to punish westernized countries such as ours. Then of course he will also punish the terrorists but our suffering may proceed theirs. God will not be ignored; by them or by us either.