President Obama in the last week of May announced his “Mission Accomplished” message to the nation with these words: “This war like all wars must end.” I’d like to inform Mr. President that it takes two sides to end a war and the answer from the other side is “you have the watch, but we have the time.”
This nation has to remember that Osama bin Laden declared war against the United States twice, once in 1993 and again in 1996. He created a radical Islamist movement with the help of an imam who interpreted the Koran to favor Osama’s ideas and his movement.
Osama’s jihad movement has infiltrated the governments of Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Deriving the span of the years of his life, bin Laden laid out a strong terror group that will not be defeated simply by continuing to destroy its present leaders. As leaders are lost, others take their place and the movement spreads and grows. It may now be in splintered groups across the Middle East, but it is there and it will grow again. It’s not dead yet.
We call them terrorists for their actions, but to them they are soldiers in a jihad against the Great Satan, the Infidel, the United States. The bin Laden movement carried on by al-Qaida and the many off-set groups around the globe are not defeated and it would be nothing but folly to believe we have defeated them.
Osama bin Laden once said on an interview on national television, “I am not afraid of death. Rather martyrdom is my passion because martyrdom would lead to the birth of thousands of Obamas.”
His body lies in the depths of one of the world’s oceans, but his idealogy remains and to the followers he created, he is the martyr, he will not be forgotten and he will live on in the thousands of Osamas that he created. The terror war is not over. We may have won a battle, but we have not yet won the war.