.So, how well are we doing with our war on terror three years later?
In Lincolnton itâ€™s hard to see visible effects other than the occasional collection drives for members of the Lincolnton-based Battery C, a unit of some 100 now based in Iraq. The good news after a yearâ€™s deployment is they are doing well. There have been no casualties, no injuries. Their safety, and the safety of others from Lincoln County serving in military units from the region, is our greatest concern at this point in time.
Locally, we have seen more training for our law enforcement and medical personnel. New rules are in place at airports. More security has been set up in possible target areas such as the Catwaba Nuclear Plant.
From the national perspective we can boast one powerful statement â€”there have been no major attacks since that time.
The war in Iraq is getting mixed reviews, and it is a focal point in this yearâ€™s presidential election. Many Democrats, view the war as a mishandled and deadly distraction from efforts that should have been focused on the Al Quida network responsible for the Sept, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. But the Bush administration is generally credited with an effective response in Afghanistan, and a national security effort that, so far, seems to have protected the nation from any further attacks.
President Bush was recently faulted when he said in an interview the U.S. many never â€œwinâ€ the war on terror, but later asserted that it is succeeding in that effort and eventually will win the war.
But there is a bothersome question about achieving an ultimate victory over this â€œenemy,â€ which is not a nation but a loosely connected network of radicals combating a â€œholy warâ€ against the U.S. Few of us in this society understand what would drive Middle East militants in another nation to harbor such hostility against a people that has never wished them any harm. Many experts point to our long support of Israel in that everlasting conflict with Palestine.
We must develop an understanding of this morbid mission. Once we do that we should develop a response with an international peace initiative headed by religious and government leaders whose voices will be respected.