Incite -- (v) 1: give an incentive; 2: provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; 3: urge on; cause to act
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Wishful Thinking
Written by: Beck

At some point, once the Democratic and Republican National Conventions are over with, there will be debates. At some point in these debates, a question will come up about the War on Terror and how it should be fought going forward. And at some point, someone is likely to reiterate that tired old observation about Islam being a religion of peace. You know what I would like to hear? You know what virtually every single person in America would like to hear? You know what this nation NEEDS to hear? This is what I would like to hear:

GEORGE BUSH: "This isn't a war against Islam, Islam is a religion of peace, this is a war... no, you know what? There are some followers of Islam who truly believe that it's a religion of peace, and they act accordingly, but let's be honest with ourselves. These people are a distinct minority. It's a culture of aggression, and the Wahabiists and Islamofascists believe and want nothing more than that every man, woman, and child in America should die.

"The War on Terror is about killing them before they kill us. They will not stop for lack of action by us, we must act before they do. We have to hunt these people down in every nook and corner and cranny of the world, we have to find them, and we have to kill them. Until we do, no American can go to work in New York safely, no American can go shopping in the mall in Ohio safely. The government of the United States is responsible for a great deal of things, but chief among them is the safety of its citizens. That's what the War on Terror is about.

"We can't sit by and wait for them to come to us. We can't treat this as a police action. We can't sit around waiting for the approval of the United Nations or of France. This is kill or be killed. We have the initiative. We have the upper hand. For now. We must not relent, not for one second. We must not hesitate to take every action necessary, we must not quake before the vision of our enemy lying dead at our feet.

"Make no mistake. These people hate us and they want us dead. They have for a very long time. The tragedy of September 11 wasn't planned in a day or a year. There is a cultural movement afoot in the Middle East (and Europe and Asia and across the entire globe) whose only intent is to replace our way of life with theirs. America is the bulwark standing astride their path to victory, and we must not step aside. We must declare that we Will Not Step Aside.

"Anything less constitutes suicide. It's as simple as that."

Is that so much to ask for?

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