Merrin said there was a poll on CNN yesterday asking if the Nick Berg video (or even the details of it) were changing peoples' minds about the battle that's being fought in Iraq (specifically) and against Islamic militants (in general). Surprisingly, the outcome was a resounding yes. I say it's surprising because, from my perspective, I've always believed that these were the people we're fighting.
Merrin explained that, for her, it had made a difference. She was more convinced that the US is doing the right thing. Apparently that would put her in the majority. I'm almost tempted to post the link to the video, because – if you watch it – you will never again doubt what we are up against. But there's a lot of things happening in the world that show just what we're facing that aren't getting front page news today.
For example, some Hamas terrorists lured an Israeli troop carrier into an area where they had planted a roadside bomb, blowing up the Israeli truck, killing all of the soldiers. The terrorists took the remains of the Israeli soldiers and are holding their remains hostage to get other terrorists released from prison.
The names of the six soldiers killed are: Sgt.-Maj. Edron Amar, 20, of Eilat; Sgt. Eitan Newman, 21, of Ramot in Jerusalem; Aviad Deri, 21, of Ma'aleh Adumim, Kobi Mizrahi, 20, of Moshav Matta, St.-Sgt. Ofer Gerbi, 20, of Moshav Ben Zakai, and Jacob Marvizi, from Kibbutz Geva. The Israeli army is going door to door until they can return the bodies to their families.
Holding the body parts as ransom. Tying the burnt and dismembered bodies of Americans to bridges. Decapitating American civilians. Shooting a pregnant woman& her four children, and then attacking mourners at her funeral. Targeting men, women and children where they work and live. That's the kind of sick minds we're facing.
We cannot change their minds by talking them out of their hatred. That has been proven by years and years of turning the other cheek. We've made it clear – those days are over. We cannot stop for one second to catch our breath. We cannot grow tired of this fight. It is mentally disgusting, physically sickening, and emotionally exhausting, and we all know that it will continue for years and years to come.
We're up against people that want to kill as many Americans & westerners as possible. They don't think twice about holding a man down and cutting off his head. Do you think for one second that they wouldn't use any weapon they could against you…here…in our own country?
Don't fool yourself – it's a war and it's being fought every single day. It's being waged by American soldiers a lot braver than I am, and I'm glad they're out there. I want them to do whatever they have to do to keep my family safe.
If that means that you arrest people that are targeting American civilians/soldiers and throw them in the darkest of caves where their cries can't be heard – thanks OK. I accept that. If you can't tell me all the details – that's OK. I accept that. If you must do some things that I wouldn't do – that's OK. I accept that.
A heavy price must be paid for our freedom and safety – and we must continue to pay it. That's OK. I accept that.