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From the editor.

Could Osama bin Laden (if he is still alive) ever hope to conquer the United States? How about Saddam Hussein? How about all of the world's terrorists and terrorist sponsors combined? Of course not! America is too powerful, and the American people love their country too much, to allow a foreign invader to defile our soil.

Is there a foreign enemy that could bring our beloved country to its knees? China perhaps? Or Russia? Never! At least, that was the assessment of Abraham Lincoln, who lived during a time when America's military prowess, as compared to the rest of the world, was not nearly so great as it is today. "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow?" Lincoln asked rhetorically in an 1838 speech. "Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years."

Method in the Madness

According to President Bush, the terrorist enemy that struck us on September 11th did not understand America. "They didn't understand that when you attack America and you murder innocent people, we're coming after you with full force and fury...," he said on January 24th of this year. "They didn't understand our fiber, our character, our values." The following day he opined that "when the enemy hit us, they must have not known what they were doing."

In reality, the enemy knows exactly what it is doing and has (thus far) gotten the reaction it expected. One of our enemies, terrorist leader bin Laden, made this abundantly clear when he boasted after the 9-11 attacks: "[T]he battle has moved to inside America.... I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. Government will lead the American people -- and the West in general -- into an unbearable hell and a choking life."

Senior Editor William F. Jasper uses this telling quote to begin his article "The Action Is in the Reaction" (page four). Therein he explains that the terrorist masterminds hope to beguile Americans into sacrificing freedom for security. He also shows that bin Laden's alQaeda is simply a spoke in an "axis of evil" that includes not only Iran, Iraq, and North Korea but some of our supposed allies in the war on terrorism such as Russia, Syria, and China.

Other articles in this issue show how America is moving toward a police state by design -- with powers concentrated not only in Washington but (eventually) in an emerging world government under the United Nations.

The Choice Is Ours

Lincoln, in the same speech quoted above, also asked: "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

Will America "die by suicide"? If she does, the terrorists and their sponsors will have won. Fortunately, America's fate is in our hands. We can maintain both freedom and security by becoming informed and involved. To learn how, please read the last two articles in this issue (pages 41 and 44).

GARY BENOIT
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