Now could be the time to START quietly turning around and coming home from Afghanistan.
Because START, the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, which is one of 12 Centers for Excellence funded by the Department of Homeland Security, reported last Tuesday that a record high of more than 8,500 terrorist attacks killed about 15,500 people last year.
According to START, six of the seven most deadly groups are affiliated with al Qaeda and that most of their terror attacks occurred in Muslim majority countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
In case you’re wondering just how START, Homeland Security and the State Department defines an incident to be counted as an act of terrorism, wonder no longer.
The “act” has to be intentional or a threat by a non-state actor that meets two of the following three criteria:
* It was aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious or social goal.
* It was intended to coerce, intimidate or convey a message to a larger group.
* It violated international humanitarian law by targeting non-combatants.
That’s right, leave it to our government to leave out the one criteria we all know terrorism as.
Our brave troops have done everything asked of them and more in Afghanistan and as the START report says, al Qaeda is committing its cowardly act of terrorism where it should be committing them.
Over there — against each other in mostly Muslim majority countries and not against us — over here.
START’s director, Gary LaFree, says that this year the terrorist attacks are expected to break 2012’s record high as there have already been more than 5,100 attacks in the first six months of 2013.
As al Qaeda continues to escalate the concentration of their politically religious civil war in the Middle East against Muslim majority countries who don’t agree with their politically religious views, one question, actually, this question lingers for our brave soldiers.
Why is President Obama turning back the clock to over a thousand years ago and fighting the 2013 version of The Crusades?
Turning back the clock, Part I — With Super Bowl 50 just over a mere two years away, the NFL should consider turning back the clock and going with an AFC vs. AFC and NFC vs. NFC only schedule for the 2015-16 season.
That would be reminiscent of when the champs of the American Football League played the champs of the National Football League and can be accomplished by a team playing everyone in their division twice and 12 other conference teams once.
Which would give NFL Commissioner Goodell the 18-game schedule he desires and eliminate two meaningless preseason games.
Which would give us as fans two more meaningful games to bet, err, watch.
Turning back the clock, Part II — Armistice Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919 when President Wilson first proclaimed it as a day to honor those who died fighting in World War I.
Thirty-five years later President Eisenhower and Congress made it National Veterans Day to celebrate and recognize all of our military veterans in the USA.
Yes, government made the day, but we all know who really made the day.
Veterans of the USA military.
Last Friday when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq visited the Oval Office, President Obama, according to the Associated Press, pledged to help combat an increasingly active al Qaeda in Iraq when he stated after their two-hour meeting:
‘‘Unfortunately al Qaeda has still been active and has grown more active recently, so we had a lot of discussion about how we can work together to push back against that terrorist organization that operates not only in Iraq, but also poses a threat to the entire region and to the United States.’’
On the same day President Obama made that vow Hakimullallah Mehsud leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Now you know how President Obama plans to continue on fighting his 2013 version of The Crusades.
Before you even think about potential or alleged civilian casualties think about this:
As terrorism progressively becomes more and more a tactic of warfare for the Taliban and al Qaeda there are no front lines to fight them on. So every successful drone attack means less attacks on our military.
Meaning we are able to pay our respects to more and more of those who bravely served in our military on Veterans Day — instead of Memorial Day.