Chemicals, Dirty Bombs and Sarin Gas

I found an interesting piece of news tucked away, probably for its lack of sensationalism. It's a report that the police in the UK thwarted an Al-Qaeda attack (about a year ago). The plan was directed at ministers and MPs in Parliament. And, they would be using chemicals, a "dirty bomb" and sarin gas.

I'm writing about this today because in the midst of Cindy Sheehan, peace vigil and protest-mania, we could lose sight of the real enemy. As much as perhaps well-meaning protesters, like Sheehan, have deemed the President the "biggest terrorist in the world," we would be foolish to forget our very real enemy. An enemy that plotted well before our troops showed up in Afghanistan or Iraq, an enemy that has for decades called the United States the "great Satan" and an enemy that must be loving the infighting in our country today.

My father will sometimes watch Al-Jazeera and tell me about how that relish in "reporting" about the protests against the president as well as the statements from leaders and politicians who question and criticize our nation in any way. My dad often shakes his head in disgust as he observes, "Al-Jazeera doesn't have to come up with news that makes this country look bad. The American people are doing it on their own." We are dishing it out.

We cannot forget that the enemy cannot plan to use chemicals, dirty bombs and sarin gas unless they have this stuff. And, while I thank God for all our First Amendment liberties, I pray that we don't use them to do more harm than good. If the terrorists have their way, our way of life, our freedom of speech and the entire constitution will be non-existent.

Peter Marshall once said, "Liberty is not the freedom to do as we please, but the opportunity to do what is right." I wish more people would keep that definition of liberty in mind before speaking up in this critical hour in our nation.

p.s. thanks for the kind words, everyone. i'm feeling better. my computer still isn't back. but, it should be ready to go in a couple of days. :)


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At 8/22/2005 06:24:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

But doing what is right usually gets difficult at some point.
For some reason, difficulty is something to be avoided at all costs by so many of our political leaders.
I can't stand it when people bale out just as things get tough.
When something is right, it's right.
Not easy... just right.

At 8/22/2005 07:02:00 PM, Blogger void said...

^5! Love your site. I was referred by JD. I'm glad she did. We're on the same page. I'll blogroll you. Thanx.

At 8/22/2005 08:35:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

jaime: you're exactly right. i'm disgusted by Sen Chuck Hagel's comments undermining our efforts in Iraq, likely for political gain.

mike: welcome. and thank you! we'll look forward to your comments!

all: i only delete comments left by blog spammers. no ads here. Just A Woman welcomes all viewpoints, just look at previous posts and you'll see!

At 8/23/2005 03:56:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

You dad is a smart man and his statement is so very true. The protesters are giving the enemy more ammo than they knew what to do with.

Lores, you may want to add the new option of word verification to the comments. If you to got the comments subsection under the Blogger Dashboard you will see a Word Validation option now, I started using it and it works like a charm.

At 8/23/2005 04:17:00 AM, Anonymous LadyMcBeath said...

Hey Lores, it's your Hannity buddy here. Really appreciate your pov. I'm so jealous you actually get on the radio so often. Keep up the good work!
God Bless,

At 8/23/2005 01:00:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Lores, welcome back. Al Jezeera had a field day with Duch Durbin's comments, I recall.

One of the Libs that visits my site said once, that one of the weapons inspectors that went to Iraq to search for weapons for the UN didn't find any and that was the basis for why we shouldn't be in the war.

Later, I found out that the weapons inspector the commenter was talking about quit the inspection biz and took a job working for Al Jezeera. Gee what a surprise.

And I hate that word verification thing. It just makes it more difficult to comment on peoples blogs. sometimes I just don't bother commenting if I have to go through that extra step.

At 8/23/2005 07:54:00 PM, Blogger fetzer said...

Lores, I am glad you are feeling better. I Love the Peter Marshal quote. The hard part is living by it.

At 8/23/2005 08:35:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

mlwhitt: yes, my dad is a very smart man, if i do say so myself :) he has so much insight as one who grew up in Egypt and lived with Muslims attacking Christians all the time. He has known many whose lives were taken by the radical Muslims who believed they were doing God a favor by killing Christians and burning their churches.

mark: yes, i think it was during the sen durbin stuff that my dad said what he did.

ladymcbeath: thanks, friend! you should call in too!

fetzer: thank you. yes, it's a great quote. and, it's work for all of us to live by both as a nation and as individuals.


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