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November 05, 2004
The Terrorists Lost
An Essay by Frank J. Fleming
Posted by Frank J. at 08:22 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (22)

"The Terrorists Lost" - that should be the headline for this election. There has always been talk of if this or that happens the "terrorists will have won." Well, by reelecting Bush, the terrorists lost.

As much as I'd like to spend all my time gloating in the face of the silly liberals who demonized Bush, they are not the enemies. Michael Moore never cut off anyone's head. In 2000, I would have reacted to this win with pure partisan glee, but this is not 2000. Everything did change on September 11th, 2001, and now I'm just relieved.

I had been lying about my feeling towards the election... sometimes to myself. The way I keep my humor for this site is never taking anything in politics too seriously, but I take this war on terrorism seriously and constantly saw the election through that perspective. It didn't matter who was a Republican or a Democrat or who stood for what. What we had was an incumbent who started a real war with the terrorists, and they tried to punish us - to hurt us and others - to scare us away from reelecting him. If we had elected the challenger, rightly or wrongly they would have seen that as a win and been invigorated in thinking they could influence us by more violence. The cost to dissuade them of that idea could have been enormous. I was fearful of that result and had a great speech prepared for a Kerry win, something patriotic and optimistic because I thought it was important we did our best to win against the terrorists no matter what happened with politics. The real strength of this nation is not which party temporarily holds power in government, but in each person. I think Kerry said it well in his concession speech when he said, "In an American election there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans."

But I don't have to say my speech, as the incumbent was reelected. Thus we have said definitively to the terrorists that we want them dead, and they can't scare us from that goal. They tried, and they failed. Often, the terrorists have foolishly thought they have won, but this time they know they lost. We are resolved to take them down, and we can't be dissuaded from it. The terrorists know this and are disenchanted.

There is still a lot of work to do, though. There is much evil out there, and we must face it. Our troops still stand in harm's way, and they need our support to triumph. There are many countries trying to stand against us, and it will take our resolve to make them back down.

As Bush said, "It's hard work."

So let's roll.

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