The War is HERE…and its Not a Revolution

( I know I promised kittens but this was much more important)

In November of 2008 when my son’s brothers came home from Iraq I wrote this

“As we drove on Veteran’s Day I thought about how lucky the people in this country are to have the men and women of our military. Between it being Veterans day and where we were heading I had no choice but to see things from a perspective most Americans fail to look at. We drove without fear of IEDs. There were no check points. We could stop along the way and not fear snipers or suicide bombers. When we were hungry we had a multitude of options. And I knew without a doubt that these freedoms and this security are due fully to the fact we have such an outstanding group of people who made the choice to wear the uniform and defend these things.” http://knottiesniche.com/2008/11/16/theyre-home/

This past Saturday there was an attempted car bombing in New York. If they had succeeded the results would have been devastating.  This is not the first attempt to set off a bomb in the US. There was the Underwear bomber last December. There was an attempt in Dallas last fall.  There have been 2 shootings I know of that have cost lives carried out on US soil in the name of jihad in the past year. The Little Rock recruiting station shooting cost Pvt. Long his life. And 13 members of our military fell victim at Ft Hood last fall.

Federal authorities arrested a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent Monday night on New York’s Long Island in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, Fox News has learned.
The man was identified as Shahzad Faisal of Connecticut.”  He was a naturalized citizen..not home grown as some may say. He was what some call a sleeper cell.

Tomorrow the DHS will say the system worked because he was arrested. The TSA stopped him trying to leave the country.  But that is a lie. If the system had worked he would have been stopped returning from his recent trip to Pakistan and the bomb he failed to detonate properly would never have been parked in Times Square.  The system failed once again…  inept terrorists are not a success of our National Security system.  How long before one of these “unsophisticated” terrorist get lucky and manage to detonate their bomb?

I can no longer have the mind set I had in November of 2008. I can no longer feel secure that the war is not on our shores because our military has kept it contained. I don’t blame the military for this. I understand that their ability to do their job has been very limited in the past year. I also understand that in the name of diplomacy that our government has emboldened our enemy. I know also that the American public at large is so oblivious to the reality of the threat against our nation they do not demand that actions be taken to better protect us and stop our enemy.

It’s a sad day when we in the US have to start worrying about car bombs, suicide bombers, IEDs, and EFPs . It’s a sad thing that so many other countries already do but I never thought I would see the day that the US became so weak that we would allow an enemy this much free reign in on our own soil.

At what point do we  as a nation realize this is no longer a war being fought “over there”?

7 Responses to The War is HERE…and its Not a Revolution

  1. T-Bagg May 4, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    First, To it’s a war no longer being fought over there. People don’t see this because we’ve been protected and sheltered for so long, it’s one of those things, “It just couldn’t happen.” Most don’t even see it as possible. It’s hard to imagine the enemy on our shores.
    Second, Our government and large media outlets would do nothing to bring this into the light if they aren’t trying to hide it as much as possible, already.
    Third, The thought of taking up arms against or even blowing the whistle on this thing probably scares most. It comes with almost instantly being labeled a criminal, extremist or worse domestic terrorist. Hell, I was tagged… Because I made a joke.
    Fourth, these days war is odd. It’s unconventional. There are no battle lines drawn. It’s hard to see who the enemy is, even when he is living among us, it’s hard to see when he is attacking us. In our history, the time we’ve have been attacked, it was obvious acts of war. The people knew: game on. It was easy to rally behind.
    Now a days, people are ignorant by choice. In one issue of one news paper today, there is contained more information than may have been available to a man through out his entire life in the time of our Founding Fathers. Some say ignorance is bliss. I say ignorance is choice, ignorance is sloth. Today, people are stuck in their MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, video games, Twitter. All tools that can and are put to good use, but the people ignore it a use these to further their own ignorance.
    While my response has been long I don’t know if I’ve been able to articulate my point.
    We’re ignorant to it, we don’t want to see it and we don’t want to believe it. Even if we already know it.

  2. Phyllis Knubel May 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    I just read “They’re Home” and “The War Is Here. . .” I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you, your family, and all the men and women fighting for our country and for us. Saw your post on Spencer’s page.

  3. Jenn May 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I hate having this be my “I told you so” moment, but I knew they’d start this sooner rather than later. They mean to terrorize and they will by bringing the war to out malls, schools cities and streets.

  4. Knottie May 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    I’ve been saying it’s coming for a long time. Just amazed at a few things really. 1 it has come so quickly in the past year ( hmmm I wonder why?) and 2 How few American’s seem to realize it’s here. So many Americans are so focused on the “revolution” and civil political war they seem to want they don’t get that there is not going to be a Nation left to fight over if they don’t get their shit together and stand together against the common enemy of terrorist Islam. I guarantee you the Muzzies don’t give a rats ass if you are Conservative or Liberal. They just want us all either dead or enslaved by their warped sick religion.

  5. T-Bagg May 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    I disagree with you there Knottie. Most Americans are not focused on the Revolution, but on American Idol, Twilight, fashion tips that are reported by news outlets. Basically what ever contributes to their numb state.
    I think this 2nd Revolution is a second front that America should keep her eye on.

  6. Knottie May 5, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I was speaking about those who are political active,the Tea partiers and the progressives. But I do agree with you the average every day American is more interested in who’s on what show or what celebs is cheating on his wife. They do not want to know there is a war going on. They don’t want to know we have 35 terrorist camps right here in the US. They want to pretend all is well and our biggest worries are healthcare and Dancing with the Stars

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