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A New Day Which 'Will Live in Infamy'

By Ken Adelman - September 11, 2001 12:00 AM

The sickening events of September 11, 2001 -- a new day that "will live in infamy" -- have brought terrorism home to America.

Just as the United States dedicated the critical years of the first half of last century to combating Nazism, and the second half to combating communism, so must we now dedicate the first half of the 21st Century to combating and defeating terrorism.

To do so entails:
  • Infiltrating terrorist groups with far more human resources to gather intelligence on the ground.
  • Attacking those responsible, or even marginally responsible, for events like this.
  • Most controversially, attacking countries that host either these particular terrorists, or even terrorist camps in general.

  • These governments -- Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and others -- need to pay a huge price.

    They know terrorists operate from their territories. Many fund and arm and man such camps. So let them now pay a price for doing so.

    Over the coming months, the Pentagon needs to beef up just those areas Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been stressing, and Congress has been mostly resisting: More resources to counter terrorism. More protection of satellite assets. More assaults against cyber-terrorists. More defense against ballistic missiles.

    This is a seminal event in history. Terrorists changed business as usual.

    Now the intelligence and national security apparatus of America must change its business as usual, too.

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