Lyz Glick and daughter Emmy - July 2004near Greenwood Lake in northern New JerseyLyz's husband Jeremy was one of the passengerswho attacked the terrorist on Flight 93
"I spent a lot of time searching for Jeremy. Often I heard his voice in my head, comforting me during those moments when my pain was almost unendurable. In March, I returned to Shanksville and revisited the crash site. I hungered to know what had happened on Flight 93 and why Jeremy died.Now I find that my viewpoint has changed. Not that I don't want to know what happened. It's just that I'm sure I will never really make sense of September 11. Did someone declare war on us for a principle? Because they were jealous? To show how tough they were? Did we in this country somehow overstep, push too hard, tread on ancient sensiblities? The world Jeremy and I knew was never more than the rooms we lived in, a few places we walked, a few friends and family we loved. Now it is gone, and no reason of state could ever make sense of why." - Lyz Glick * Reader's Digest Sept. 2004 book bonus about Flt 93
The true author of most of what I write here is unknown to me. A retired attorney supposedly wrote it to his sons. I have taken the liberty of making a few changes to the original letter. Many will say it is politically incorrect and discriminatory but what it says needs to be told through our newspapers, magazines and radio and TV stations. It should be the focus of all peace loving Americans. In behalf of Matt Maupin and others of our young men and women in Iraq and elsewhere who have or will in the future give their lives for our freedom will your newspaper put it in print? Freedom is not free it comes at a price dating back to 1776 and before.
I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. I hope this might give you a longer-term perspective that fewer and fewer of my generation are left to speak to. Be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point.
Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII). We are in a war like no other war we have ever fought. Unlike WWII and other wars we have fought, there are no clear lines of battle. No open battle fields. The battlefield is now the entire civilized free world. The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means. First, let's examine a few basics:
1. WHEN DID THE THREAT TO US START? Many will say September 11th, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us:
Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
New York World Trade Center 2001; 2,752 killed
(Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).
2. WHY WERE WE ATTACKED? Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats, as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors.
3. WHO WERE THE ATTACKERS? In each case, MUSLIMS carried out the attacks on the US.
4. WHAT IS THE MUSLIM POPULATION OF THE WORLD? 25%
5. ISN’T THE MUSLIM RELIGION PEACEFUL? Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated.
WWII was notable for the large number of civilians who were killed. Many of these were the “normal” deaths of civilians caught up in the fighting. Others were the deliberate actions of nations to destroy civilian populations. Most notable of these were the Nazi programs to kill populations they considered subhuman (Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, etc). 24 million people killed 6 million Jews 18 million Christians. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others. Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing. By their own pronouncements - killing all of us infidels. I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die?
6. SO WHO ARE WE AT WAR WITH? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than MUSLIM terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate whom you are fighting. So with that background, now to the two major questions:
1. CAN WE LOSE THIS WAR?
2. WHAT DOES LOSING REALLY MEAN?
If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions. We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - What does losing mean? It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get.
WHAT LOSING REALLY MEANS IS:
We would no longer be the premier country in the world. THE ATTACKS WILL NOT SUBSIDE, THEY WILL STEADILY INCREASE. Remember that they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan was and is clearly to terrorist attack us until we are neutered and submissive to them no matter how long it takes.
We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and cannot help them. They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw their troops. Anything else they want Spain to do will be done. Spain is finished. And now so is the Philippines. See Philippines completes pullout of Iraq contingent USA Today 7/19/2004. The Philippines were not bombed, the threat of the murder of one of their citizens was enough to cause them to submit. Kenya is the latest to submit.
The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast.
If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish, as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us, if the Muslims threatened them. If we can't stop the Muslims, how could anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war and therefore are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.
Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple, until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win.
So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win. Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation.
President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age committed all of the terrorist attacks, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war. For the duration we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently. And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. NONE OF THESE WORDS APPLY TO WAR. GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HEAD.
Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening, it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause.
Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war by a small group of our military police. These are the type of prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically (WMD) killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type enemy fighters who recently were burning Americans and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently the same type enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of an American prisoner they held. Yet another beheaded corpse was reportedly found today 7/22/04 along the banks of the Tigris river.
Compare this with some of our press and politicians who for several days thought and talked about nothing else but the "HUMILIATING" of some Muslim prisoners – not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. CAN THIS BE FOR REAL?
The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us, in the eyes of the terrorists, look like Nero playing his fiddle, as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife.
Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they are absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us for many years. Remember that the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels. That translates into all non-Muslims, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. WE ARE THE LAST BASTIONS OF DEFENSE.
We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'. That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world. We can't. If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if we are defeated.
And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the World. This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read.
If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next few years. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?
Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?
I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose.