This WAR is for REAL!
General Vernon Chong, USAF Retired
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2004 and was originally entitled
"THE WORLD SITUATION — A LETTER TO MY SONS"
This WAR is for REAL!
To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it. Our
country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence,
as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine
(which includes WWII).
The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that
there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war
and even fewer who realize what losing really means.
First, let's examine a few basics:
1. When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer as far as the
United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September
2001 with the following attacks on us:
* Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
* Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
* Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
* Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
* First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
* Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
* Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
* Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
* Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
* New York World Trade Center 2001;
* Pentagon 2001.
(Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581
terrorist attacks worldwide).
2. Why were we attacked?
Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks
happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter,
Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the
Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of
the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford
3. Who were the attackers?
In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.
4. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25%.
5. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?
Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt
that the predominately Christian population of Germany was
peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who
was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went
along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were
5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political
reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). (see >http://www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm
Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the
Nazis, as the six million holocaust Jews who were killed by
them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish
atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews,
he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of
exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German,
Christian or any others.
Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US,
but kill all in the way -- their own people or the Spanish,
French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the
peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis,
no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no
protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what
they are fanatically bent on doing -- by their own
pronouncements -- killing all of us "infidels." I don't blame
the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut
up or die?
6. So who are we at war with?
There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other
than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and
avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no
way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you
So with that background, now to the two major questions:
1. Can we lose this war?
2. What does losing really mean?
If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal
We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may
sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply
do not fathom the answer to the second question - What does
It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the
war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going
on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as far from
the truth as one can get.
What losing really means is:
We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The
attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase.
Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just
wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing
series of attacks against us, over the past 18 years. The plan
was clearly, for terrorist to attack us, until we were neutered
and submissive to them.
We would of course have no future support from other nations,
for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see, we
are impotent and cannot help them.
They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time.
It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain
hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for
Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the
Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw
the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do will be done.
Spain is finished.
The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that
they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they
are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim
terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for
France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast!
If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of
life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would
trade or deal with us, if they were threatened by the Muslims.
If we can't stop the Muslims, how could anyone else?
The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war, and therefore
are completely committed to winning, at any cost. We better know
it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.
Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing?
Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite
and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning.
And it is going to take that 100% effort to win.
So, how can we lose the war?
Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by "imploding."
That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy
and their purpose, and really digging in and lending full
support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way
that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way
that we can win!
Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend
the life and death seriousness of this situation.
President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of
Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were
committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age,
Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound
like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war! For the
duration, we are going to have to give up some of the civil
rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared
to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most
certainly lose all of them permanently.
And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty
of civil rights during WWII, and immediately restored them after
the victory and in fact added many more since then.
Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him?
No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our
Political Correctness, and all of our civil rights during this
conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those
words apply to war. Get them out of your head.
Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the
Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to
see us lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are
disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing
means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the
enemy that we are divided and weakening. It concerns our
friends, and it does great damage to our cause.
Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and
media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps
exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an
issue, involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war,
by a small group of our military police. These are the type
prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own
people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their
tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for
disagreeing with Saddam Hussein.
And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically
killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are
also the same type enemy fighters, who recently were burning
Americans, and dragging their charred corpses through the
streets of Iraq.
And still more recently, the same type enemy that was and is
providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the
beheading of American prisoners they held.
Compare this with some of our press and politicians, who for
several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the
"humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners -- not burning them, not
dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not
beheading them, but "humiliating" them.
Can this be for real?
The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of
the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack
of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the
enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and
the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can.
To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this
prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as
Rome burned -- totally oblivious to what is going on in the real
world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this
internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of
our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means
that they are absolutely oblivious to the magnitude, of the
situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have
been pushing us, for many years.
Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all
infidels! That translates into ALL non-Muslims -- not just in
the United States, but throughout the world.
We are the last bastion of defense.
We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant.' That
charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that
we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can
win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that
with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad
in the world!
If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not
survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if
we are > defeated.
And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that
allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of
religion, freedom of the press, equal rights for anyone -- let
alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that
have been productive in one single way that contributes to the
good of the world.
This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on
this war or we will be equated in the history books to the
self-inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim
leaders will allow history books to be written or read.
If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the
Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will
continue to increase the Muslim population of France and
continue to encroach little by little, on the established French
traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves, over
what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken
them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound
Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by
some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms
away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece.
And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown,
worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you
or even to themselves, once they are in power.
They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they
then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few
who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the
politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?
I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we
are united, there is no way that we can lose. I hope now after
the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on
the critical situation we are in, and will unite to save our
country. It is your future we are talking about! Do whatever you
can to preserve it.
After reading the above, we all must do this not only for
ourselves, but ourchildren, our grandchildren, our country and