The questions asked many years ago by Bob Dylan are ringing in my ears right now.
As a point of reference, Dylan asked the questions "How many times must the cannon balls fly before they're forever banned?" and "How many deaths will it take 'til we know that too many people have died?"
These words come from that great anthem of the anti-Viet Nam war movement "Blowin' In The Wind," written by Dylan and made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. And the questions are once again very, very appropriate.
My latest question is akin to those asked by our folk music icons from so many years ago: How many Americans will have to die on our own soil before we face the fact that the war with terrorists is not localized in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East?
Anyone with eyes can see the war is everywhere and, increasingly, it is at our doorstep.
Thirteen people recently were killed as they sat unarmed in a military processing center at Ft. Hood in Texas. Most of those killed were being processed in preparation for deployment to combat zones in the Middle East. Many more were wounded in the assault, or attack, or mental melt down, or whatever we're calling it this week.
And though the alleged assailant reportedly was shouting religious slogans while pulling the triggers on his assault weapons, leaders at the highest level of our own government are asking us not to jump to conclusions. Many newspapers, television news agencies, and web-based editorials plead with us not to stereotype those who are sympathetic to Muslim ideologies. We are asked by legions of people (who we misguidedly assume know better than us) to be tolerant of everything; to embrace political correctness (whatever that means); and to look past the fact that as our national strength and patriotism falter, our enemies grow more and more emboldened to commit their atrocities right here on American soil.
It has to stop!
To those who would wage holy war -- or Jihad -- on Americans, we are considered infidels. And it's not just about Muslims versus Christians or Muslims versus Jews. It's about terrorists versus our national sovereignty; it's terrorists versus the United States of America.
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote that such terrorists -- those who appear non-threatening until the threat becomes obvious and it is too late to do anything about it -- are infiltrating our government and society and every level. He added: "It is irrelevant that some have put the number of radicalized Muslims worldwide at 10 percent. Even if that figure is accurate, one hundred million jihadists can cause a lot of damage."
We seem to be blinded by our desire to reach out with love and understanding those who would destroy us. In doing so, we make a mockery of the lives of everyone -- soldiers and civilians alike -- who have put it all on the line to protect our republic. We should be ashamed.
In the words of another famous folk song from some long ago era: "When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?"