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Whatever your political persuasion, whether you believe we (USA) are wrong and the other side is justified
in it's past and current actions; and whether you agree with the conclusion of this email or not, this "historical timeline
of events" is worth the time and effort to Read and Ponder.
It has often been said, it is better to make the "wrong" decision, than to make "no" decision at all.
The USA may not be perfect, but we are still the greatest example of Democracy going in the world today.
- Subject: 25 Years of World War III. Facts. Just read this!
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 24 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/right sized since the end of the Vietnam War. A poorly trained, poorly
equipped poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission 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 US soil continued.
In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US 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 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main
gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and
241 US 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 gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America
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 US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main;
22 are killed and the snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US 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.
Pres. 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 1000 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 US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men
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 US 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 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US 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 US 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 official 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
Our 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 world.
Support Our Troops and support President Bush for having the courage, political or militarily, to address what so many
who preceded him didn't have the backbone to do, both Democrat and Republican. 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 and grandchildren in years to come.
Please forward this, especially to the young people and all those who dozed off in history class and who seem so quick
to protest such a necessary military action.