An Updated Rerun 2009 Series
When you look at the picture of 21-year old terrorist, Azam Amir Kasab, what do you see? A good-looking youth who should be in college, preparing himself for a future career. Maybe having a beer or two with buddies on Fridays nights. Maybe dating a soccer cheerleader on Saturday nights. All in all, he should be enjoying his youth and doing what youths do, right?
But the facts are that Kasab trained for months, gobbled steroids to buff up his body, and dedicated his life, along with his eight dead compatriots, toward the hope of killing 5,000 innocent people in Mumbai, India. 5,000 innocent people. Their dream was to kill and kill until their last, dying breaths.
Admittedly, most soldiers are trained and committed to being warriors. And if occasions should arise and if combat actions are needed, they will fight. Yet, in the back of their minds, they will desperately want to live. This is a rational motive by normal soldiers in times of great peril. Thus, most soldiers’ combat actions will be carefully carried out according to a calculated risk/reward ratio on the battle field.
Not so these terrorists. They are committed to killing and dying! No risk is too severe or too challenging for them. And there are no innocent people – none too old or too young – who are off-limits for their blood thirsty lusts. We are their enemies and deserved to be killed. Period.
How do you defend a city or a nation against dedicated, radical terrorists like Kasab?
Hmm! Maybe, you don’t really want to think about Mumbai-type terrorist attacks happening in your neighborhood. After all, nothing has happened since 911. Why stir up fears and anxiety, right?
(CONTINUED Part 2)