The War Against Radicals Continues
Sent to Beirut on a peacekeeping mission, 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers lost their lives thirty years ago today during a terrorist attack. Little did the world know then that the 1983 terrorist attacks on the Marine barracks would be one of the early battles in what would eventually be known as the global war against terrorism.
I remember the incident as if it were yesterday. Barely a teenager at the time, these were the type of stories that shaped our worldview. Politically molded by these experiences that not only included bombings, but airplane hijackings and other suicide attacks, Yleem and I had an immediate gut instinct on 09.11.01 that the war on terror had finally reached U.S. shores in a dramatic way. It was as an escalation unlike any other one could have imagined. And it continues to this very day.
This country owes a great debt of gratitude to the Marines, sailors, and soldiers that died that Fall in Lebanon. No matter what the Obama Administration calls it, the global war against Radicals continues to this day. It is a struggle to preserve freedom that is being defended by men and women in uniform, the diplomatic corp, and intelligence services. It is a battle that the United States will win. Americans always do.