The War On Terrorism Doesn’t End With Al-Qaeda

One of the things conservatives have been saying almost since 9/11 is that the war on terrorism isn’t just about eradicating Al-Qaeda, it’s about destroying every terrorist group with global reach and any rogue regime that continues to support them.

That’s why the Taliban were targeted, and it was, as I noted before the war, the key reason why Saddam had to go…

“Why are we going to invade Iraq? Nine days after 9/11, George Bush said,

“(W)e will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”

That definition fits Iraq and since they happened to be the easiest nation to make a case against at the UN and in the court of World Opinion, they were our next logical target after Afghanistan — although they’re not our last target.”

It’s also why the regimes in Iran and Syria will either have to be driven out of the terrorism business or toppled.

But while our conflicts with rogue regimes gather most of the headlines, groups like Hamas and Hezbollah have been incorrectly written off by many people as threats to Israel, not the US. While in the end, Israel, not the US, may be the ones “wielding the sword” against these groups, make no mistake about it, Hamas and Hezbollah are enemies of America and the road to victory in the war on terrorism leads over their corpses.

Don’t buy that? Then just read a few quotes from some of the heavies in Hamas and Hezbollah and you may come to a different conclusion…

“If Iraq is attacked… all American targets will be open targets for every Muslim, Arab or Palestinian. Any attack against Iraq will be answered by resistance everywhere and American interests everywhere will be targeted. We say that all American targets will be open targets to every Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian.” — Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior member of Hamas.

“She is not going to be the last (attacker) because the march of resistance will continue until the Islamic flag is raised, not only over the minarets of Jerusalem, but over the whole universe.” — Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas

“We knew that Bush is the enemy of God, the enemy of Islam and Muslims. America declared war against God. Sharon declared war against God and God declared war against America, Bush and Sharon. The war of God continues against them and I can see the victory coming up from the land of Palestine by the hand of Hamas.” — Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi

“We have oil, gas and all other natural resources and thus we don’t need interaction with other countries. We are able to produce atomic bombs and we will do that. We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. The US is no more than a barking dog.” — A leading member of Iran’s Hezbollah, Hojjat-ol-Islam Baqer Kharrazi

“The United States has full responsibility for the massacres, the daily acts of aggression and the severe human rights violations that the Zionist regime has perpetrated. I call upon the Arab and Islamic states to hold the US responsible. The Arab and Islamic states must understand that the US is their number one enemy, who runs the conflict and campaigns against our nation both directly and indirectly through Israel, its proxy.” — Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah

“Death to America is not a slogan. Death to America is a policy, a strategy and a vision.” — Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah

“(Hezbollah’s) slogan is and will continue to be death to America.” — Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah

When terrorist groups with global reach say that you are their enemy and they want you dead, you are a fool if you do not treat that threat with the deadly seriousness that it deserves. When it’s all said and done, Hamas and Hezbollah must be stopped to protect American lives…

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