Summary: Message taken from Psalm 27:1-6 addressing the fear caused by the event of September 11 and terrorism.

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To Whom Are They Terrorists?

Psalm 27:1-6

September 16, 2001

by Cooper Abrams, Calvary Baptist Church, Tremonton, Utah

Introduction: Most of America is focused on the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by Arab terrorists. It is certainly a despicable and deplorable act by the vilest of men. Our prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones and with the men and women working in the rescue attempts.

Life in America has certainly been effected and this has been a terrifying wake up call. Not even in the two world wars we fought and the smaller later wars has an attack be made on American mainland. In the attack on Pearl Harbor, 2403 servicemen were killed, yet on September 11th recent estimates tell us that over 6000 men, women and children were killed. Our President has declared that war on these terrorist and our military is preparing to respond.

Our country has been deeply affected with the shutdown of all air traffic and the most important financial center in our nation was destroyed before our very eyes. Our economy has been deeply effected and the economic ramifications of this attack will be far reaching.

America is now in a War!

One frustrating element in all this is trying to identify the enemy. Some Senators has suggested that we declare war...but who shall we declare war against? We know that our country will respond with great force once the enemy is identified and I am confident those who supported the terrorists will be punished severely.

I received an e-mail of a article by Michael T. Klare, Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. In the article Professor Klare said:

There are many in Washington and around the country who believe that the United States should declare war on bin Laden -- along with any governments that have given him assistance of one sort or another -- and employ the full weight of American military power to accomplish this purpose. Such action would undoubtedly help restore confidence in the power of the American nation, and provide a degree of satisfaction to those who crave retribution for Tuesday’s horrific attacks. But we must also ask: Will it achieve the goal of eradicating bin Laden’s networks and eliminating the terrorist threat to the United States? There are good reasons to suspect that it will not.

The image of American aircraft and missiles bombing Arab states and producing massive casualties -- many of them, inevitably, civilians with no ties to Islam -- will surely confirm the belief among many ordinary Muslims that bin Laden is right: that the United States is intent on tormenting and subduing the Islamic world. As Bruce Shapiro has observed, out of the rubble of American attacks will come thousands of new volunteers for bin Laden’s anti-American jihad.

Even more troubling, it is highly unlikely that such action will actually succeed in crippling bin Laden’s underground networks. Unlike conventional military forces, these groups do not maintain fixed bases and installations but move from one camouflaged location to another -- all over the world.

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