Paul Vallely: America at Risk...The Emerging Threat From Within

By Tom Marin and Paul E. Vallely © 2011

Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part column.

The Development and Execution of Joint Operations (both civilian and military) to respond to dynamic threats against the United States has now reached a point of criticality. Over the course of the last several years, some Americans are gradually waking up to the fact that our "essence of being" as a nation and as individuals is under a constant state of attack, and this attack has been implemented methodically and slowly over time by enemies who despise our way of life. What is occurring to the great country is so heinous that it patronizes each one of us, who we are, our heritage and what we stand for as a nation.

During World War II, America, The Sleeping Giant, as quoted by Japanese Adm. Yamamoto, woke up; and The Greatest Generation, as noted by Tom Brokaw, stood up and went off to fight "The Total Collective Effort of Evil" in their time.

Evil has many forms, and simply stated, it is a word to describe the acts of omission or acts of commission to inflict wanton harm or destruction or, according to Wiktionary, a deliberate violation of some accepted moral code of behavior, i.e. a fiduciary obligation. Evil, as defined by The Free Dictionary, is that which causes harm, misfortune or destruction: as in a leader's power to do both good and/or evil. In the 1940s, Americans responded by waging "total war" against evil perpetrated by German Nazism and Japanese Militaristic Imperialism, in which the goals were to subjugate free people and farm resources under a new order of fascism.

The numbers alone reflect the concentrated, focused effort by Americans: 16,596,639 served; 416,837 were killed or missing; and over 683,846 were wounded. For me, the only way to adequately explain this focused and united American effort is to quote Edmund Burke: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. This quote by Burke, an Irish philosopher, captures "the American essence of being" for all our generations, throughout our American history, except maybe for one … the current one.

Right now, we are living in confusing and turbulent times in which the safety and security of our country is at risk. The critical event of the sabotage that occurred on 9/11 is one of many in a timeline of numerous acts of sabotage and terror by people who want to change our way of life and subjugate our citizens to their way of "order and control." War and sabotage have been utilized as tools throughout history to effect change and to subjugate people.

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