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Friday, November 19, 2004

DEFEATING TERRORISM

The Washington Times has a story entitled "US Declares Insurgency 'Broken.' " The gist of the story is this:

The top Marine officer in Iraq declared yesterday that victory in the battle of Fallujah has "broken the back" of the Iraqi insurgency, while another commander in the war on terror said Osama bin Laden is all but cut off from his terrorist operatives.

The history of terrorism teaches one clear lesson: never declare victory. Such a declaration only inspires the terrorists to prove the claim wrong by launching a major attack. Claims to victory are always premature in an anti- terrorist war.

In light if this US claim, expect a major offensive by terrorists in Iraq and a major
al Qaeda operation.

If you challenge terrorists, they will pick up the challenge.

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