The Dillard Doctrine

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The War’s Not Over

Nearly three dozen House Democrats are calling on Republicans to withdraw a section of the 2012 defense authorization bill that they say would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

A Tuesday letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and 32 other Democrats argues that affirming continued war against terrorist forces goes too far, giving too much authority to the president without debate in Congress.

…and back to September 10, 2011 we go.

My personal opinion is that we’ve had a major victory in the former War on Terror; with bin Laden’s execution, al-Qaeda, by and large, has been defeated. It would be easy for us to completely back down…which is exactly what groups such as theirs want us to do. The al-Qaedas of the world (and don’t think there’s just one!) would like to see us return to a state of invincible obvilion (see what we did to bin Laden? No one’s coming after us again!!) where we become so sure in our ability to prosecute terrorists/ism to the ends of the earth that we return to living our lives like 9/11 can’t happen again. When we do that, is precisely when a new threat will emerge to challenge us again.

The reality that we live in tells us that there is a section of the global community that wants to see the United States destroyed, for reasons political, ideological, theological, economical, etc. We’re their enemies because of what we believe, how we govern ourselves, our economic system, our tolerance for others. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why do they hate us,” those things are why. And those reasons aren’t going away, because they are the positives that define who we are. America is good, is tolerant, is strong. Ain’t gonna change.

And someone, somewhere-in a cave in Afghanistan, a living room in England, or a restaurant in one of our own cities-is trying to figure out how to take us down…permanently.

We have scored a major victory in cutting the head of al Qaeda; no one-not even them!-can deny that. There’s a balance that can be struck between a semi-permanent war footing, maintainence of our individual freedoms, and remaining vigilant and secure.

We accomplish none of those, however, by assuming that terrorism, as a whole, has been defeated. The reminder that we haven’t may come in ways we don’t wish to imagine.


Written by Coby Dillard

May 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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