The War on Terror

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The attacks this past week on diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and the world were because of the hatred by radical Islamists of the United States, not because of a film.
    It would be laughable to consider such speculation credible—that a low-budget movie sparked such venom—if it weren’t that the official position of our federal government is just that. What does our government say?
    Ignore the fact that the attacks occurred on the anniversary of 9-11; ignore the growing evidence that there was a collaborated, pre-meditated effort; ignore the facts that al Qaeda was involved.
    The movie did it. Right?
    That’s what White House spokesman Jay Carney wants everyone to believe: “This is a fairly volatile situation, and it is in response not to U.S. policy, not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video--a film--that we have judged to be reprehensive and disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it. But this is not a case of protests directed at the United States, writ large, or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that is offensive and--to Muslims.”
    Unbelievable. Is the Obama Administration really that gullible or is it just unwilling to admit the truth, that there really is a War on Terror that must still be waged.
    To do otherwise is to ignore the fact that attacking a U.S. embassy is attacking our nation; that burning the U.S. flag is directed at a nation, not a film clip.
    Where is the outrage? Should our focus really be on a YouTube movie trailer? Should the mobs that attacked the embassies and killed U.S. citizens—including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens—really be given the benefit of the doubt?
    That explanation defies, as one senator said, “common sense.”
    “It is imperative that Congress conduct an investigation into this matter, as the two scenarios are vastly different in terms of scope and depth,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. “A planned and coordinated assault points loudly to a security lapse, and the problems associated with such a scenario are much deeper than a violent riot over a film.”
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accused President Obama of mishandling the situation; Democrats directed their anger at Romney for speaking out.
    The bottom line is this: Such attacks deserve an unequivocal response from our leaders that such actions won’t be tolerated. Apologies shouldn’t be offered; excuses shouldn’t be tolerated.
    Last week’s events were acts of terrorism. Mr. President, there is a War on Terror that we must wage.