politics, history and the war on terror
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
The Press Conference 

President Bush's press conference was long overdue. His defense of the War on Terror and Iraq's place in this war was simple and forthright; there was very little nuance. He was clear on the purpose and motivations for fighting the war in Iraq, described the challenges and sacrifices being made, explained why we must succeed and the implications of failure. The need for democratic reform in the Middle East was also clearly articulated, as was Iraq's role as the first free nation in the region. President Bush understands that the oppressive governments of the Middle East provide a fertile breading ground for terrorist organizations and also pose a threat by proliferating WMD.

The portion of the speech which proved interesting was the veiled threats leveled at Hezbollah, Iran and Syria's terror organization of choice. When President Bush discussed the overall war on terror, Hezbollah was referenced several times

In the south of Iraq, coalition forces face riots and attacks that are being incited by a radical cleric named al-Sadr. He has assembled some of his supporters into an illegal militia and publicly supported the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

We've seen the same ideology of murder in the killing of 241 Marines in Beirut, the first attack on the World Trade Center, in the destruction of two embassies in Africa, in the attack on the USS Cole, and in the merciless horror inflicted upon thousands of innocent men and women and children on September the 11th, 2001. None of these acts is the work of a religion. All are the work of a fanatical political ideology. The servants of this ideology seek tyranny in the Middle East and beyond. They seek to oppress and persecute women. They seek the death of Jews and Christians and every Muslim who desires peace over theocratic terror. They seek to intimidate America into panic and retreat, and to set free nations against each other. And they seek weapons of mass destruction, to blackmail and murder on a massive scale.

The fanatical political ideology President Bush refers is practiced by al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and many other Islamic terror organizations. President Bush understands this war is bigger than just al Qaeda and realizes that Hezbollah, among others, must be dealt with in the future. The War on Terror cannot and will not be won without addressing these terror organizations and their state sponsors; this is a point that is consistently lost on the domestic and foreign opposition of the war.

Note: for comprehensive coverage of the president's press conference, please visit InstaPundit.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:12 AM