WORLD SITUATION - A LETTER TO MY SONS
This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004.
Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted,
your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the
present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot
of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth.
But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. I
hope this might give you a longer term perspective that fewer and fewer
of my generation are left to speak to. To be sure you understand
that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up
to and including our present President, I have without exception,
supported our presidents on all matters of international
conflict. This would include just naming a few in addition to
President Roosevelt - WWII: President Truman - Korean War
1950; President Kennedy - Bay of Pigs (1961); President
Kennedy - Vietnam (1961);  eight presidents (5 Republican
& 4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President
Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998). 
So be sure you read this as completely nonpolitical or otherwise you
will miss the point.
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.
let's examine a few basics:
When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11th, 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; Dar es 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). 
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 or Carter.
Who were the attackers?
In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by
What is the Muslim population of the World?
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). Thus, almost the same number of Christians
were killed by the Nazis, as the 6 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?
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 are fighting.
with that background, now to the two major questions:
1. Can we lose this war?
2. What does losing really mean?
we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions.
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 losing mean? 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
This is as far from the truth as one can get. What losing really means
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 to terrorist attack us until we
were neutered and submissive to them.
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.
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
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.
is already 20% Muslim and fading fast. See the attached article on the
French condition by Tom Segel. 
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.
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.
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
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
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 an American prisoner
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 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. We
can't. 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.
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.
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 eerily familiar?
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"?
close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are
united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that 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.
By the way on Vietnam,
the emotions are still so high that it is really not possible to
discuss it. However, I think President Kennedy was correct. He felt
there was a communist threat from China,
Russia and North Vietnam
to take over that whole area. Also remember that we were in a 'cold
war' with Russia.
I frankly think Kennedy's plan worked and kept that total communist
control out, but try telling that to anyone now. It just isn't
politically correct to say so. Historians will answer this after cool
headed research, when the people closest to it are all gone.
As you know, I am a strong President Bush supporter and will vote for
him. However, if Senator Kerry is elected, I will fully support him on
all matters of international conflict, just as I have supported all
presidents in the past.
Source for statistics in Par. 1 is http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001454.html
The Institute of Islamic Information and Education. http://www.iiie.net/Intl/PopStats.html
Note the attached article by Tom Segel referred to in footnote 6 infra,
the terrorist Muslim have already begun the havoc in France.
(The note was not attached to the E-mail I received. Gene)
I checked this article with two sources - Hoax Busters and Urban Myths.
It does not come up as a Hoax on either. I also then E-mailed Mr. Segel
and he confirmed the article was his.
"I don't think the Army or any branch of service runs any type of war
any more. It's done by senators and congressmen. There are too many
civilians involved." Returning Iraq
veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Klees as quoted in the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette on May 13th, 2004.
There are 64 Muslim countries. This does not count countries like Spain
that are controlled by the Muslim terrorists.