Sunday, July 16, 2006

World War III

Newt Gingrich, a man I used to dislike, but have came to respect as of late, stated in an interview that we are in the midst of World War III.

Gingrich said in the coming days he plans to speak out publicly, and to the Administration, about the need to recognize that America is in World War III.

He lists wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, this week's bomb attacks in India, North Korean nuclear threats, terrorist arrests and investigations in Florida, Canada and Britain, and violence in Israel and Lebanon as evidence of World War III. He said Bush needs to deliver a speech to Congress and "connect all the dots" for Americans.

He said the reluctance to put those pieces together and see one global conflict is hurting America's interests. He said people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong "because they haven't crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war.

If you look back to my July 7, 2005 post, you will see that I stated that the country is in a World War, and that I mentioned this same thing to my colleagues back in 2002. I wasn't taken seriously back then, but hopefully the situation will be looked at in a more serious light.

Look, this situation in Israel and Lebanon is not very much of a surprise to those that understand the region. History shows that Israel wasn't going to sit around while Hezbollah launches attacks from Lebanon, and history also shows that the Arab locals (Hamas, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah) were going to constantly blame the actions on Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. It was never a matter of "if" this crisis would happen, it was "when". However, it is simply another battle against Muslim extremism, this time a group that is based in the Bekka Valley in Lebanon (a notorious haven for Hezbollah) and supplied by Iran. It isn't isolated in the realm of the current political climate in the world, it is simply another event in a war that many choose to ignore as global.

If you haven't noticed, this country is nowhere near considering itself in a wartime situation, even though we have troops committed on nearly every continent in the world. The enemy thinks of the war as global, but the American public doesn't grasp the realization, yet. Again, I ask anyone to take a look at the Islamic extremism around the world and tell me that this isn't a global war.

By the way, this makes next year's new International Studies class curriculum change dramatically. The focus will have to be the Israel-Palestine issue to get the students truly knowledgeable about the subject. Throw in Iranian nationalism, Islamic extremism,, the class is going to be interesting!
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