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Dr KNOX HERNDON Contributing Writer
My good friend Ernie Kenmore sent me this American wake-up call.
Thank you, Ernie. This speech is on target. I will add my comments
at the end.
I love America and I love our form of government; however, I will
never understand how informed, educated, intelligent Americans can
take the position that all we have to do is bring our troops home
from Iraq, sit back, reset the snooze alarm, go back to sleep,
and no one will ever bother us again." In case you missed
it, World War III began in November 1979; that alarm has been ringing
U.S. Navy Captain Ouimett is the executive officer at Naval Air
Station, Pensacola, Fla. Here is a copy of the speech he gave last
month. It is an accurate account of why we are in so much trouble
today and why this action is so necessary.
America needs to wake up!
That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September, 2001 (when
more than 3,000 Americans were killed), and maybe it was, but I
think it should have been, "Get out of bed!" In fact,
I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have
continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more
minutes of peaceful sleep since then.
It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through
a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students
attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure
was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that
held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a
presidency. The attack on this sovereign U S. embassy set the stage
for events to follow for the next 23 years.
America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Vietnam experience
and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then-President
Carter had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid
in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as
a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism.
America's military had been decimated and downsized/rightsized
since the end of the Vietnam War. A poorly trained, poorly equipped
and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex
ission that was doomed from the start.
Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped
and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little
to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks
against U.S. soil continued.
In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was
driven into the U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes,
it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the
snooze button once more.
Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down
with over 2,500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of
the US Marine Corps Headquarters in Beirut and 241 U.S. servicemen
are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the snooze button once
more. Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with
explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America
continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another
van was driven into the gate of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and
America slept. Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985
a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid.
Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into
the main gate of the U.S. Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are
killed and the snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder as U.S.
interests are continually attacked.
Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, is hijacked
and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of
the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their
tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight
840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing,
Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259.
Clinton treated these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact, we are
still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of
war. The wake up alarm is getting louder and louder.
The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January
1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters
in Langley, Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group
of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives
is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade
Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1,000 are
injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war? The snooze
alarm is depressed again.
Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a U.S. military complex
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing seven service men and women. A
few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only
35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing
19 and injuring over 500. The terrorists are getting braver and
smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively. They
move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two
U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned
with precision. They kill 224. America responds with cruise missile
attacks and goes back to sleep.
The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling
on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship
and exploded killing 17 U.S. Navy sailors. Attacking a U.S. war
ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime
and went back to sleep.
And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans
think this was the first attack against U.S. soil or in America.
How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since
1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go
back to sleep.
In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every
high officials in government over what they knew and what they
didn't know. But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention
I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be
in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the
pattern that has been developing since 1979.
The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war.
I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will
continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.
America needs to get out of bed and act decisively now. America
has been changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price
and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We
cannot afford to keep hitting the snooze button again and again
and roll over and go back to sleep.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said "...
it seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant." This
is the message we need to disseminate to terrorists around the
This is not a political thing to be hashed over in an election
year; this is an AMERICAN thing. This is about our freedom and
the freedom of our children in years to come.
Now my comments. We are not in World War III, but World War IV.
The Cold War was World War III and a very conservative patriotic
Republican American president, Ronald Reagan, won that one. We
are now in World War IV, with another very conservative patriotic
Republican president at the helm. Thank God!
America, don't hit the snooze alarm again and elect a flip-flop
liberal left-leaning Democrat who went to Vietnam, put in for his
own medals, got all the photo ops, allied himself with Hanoi Jane,
then threw someone else's medals over the fence. He then wrote
a book against the heroism of our American fighting men and women.
That was the ultimate shame! He should have been hooted in the
streets by all freedom loving Americans.
This is not about partisan politics; I wish it were, because the
issues would not be so serious. The future of the free world depends
on this next election. Don't hit the snooze button, but the alarm
button. God bless men like George Bush and his combat pilot father.
The media will have you believe that this next election is about
health care, the economy, jobs, and the Hollywood Emmy awards.
Don't be fooled! Wake up!
God Bless America and especially the Vietnam vets!