Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | September 11, 2009

From September 2001: One Front, Two Wars



Written in September 2001.  Prescient words – except I didn’t know that President Bush would let Sec Def Rumsfeld screw up the Operation Iraqi Freedom for 2 years.  And, the coalition of Muslim allies has held together better than I suspected – which doesn’t mean they will support the U.S. forever.  Still, consider that this was written in September 2001.  It was the first piece I posted to the internet. 

One Front: Two Wars

The first front of the World War against International Terrorism (WW-T), our American Homeland, is remarkably united – today.  Getting nine out of ten Americans to agree to anything is heady stuff.  Yet, the adrenaline cocktail of shock, fear and anger intoxicates only for a season. Someday soon enough Americans will awaken with headaches and ask themselves ‘Why’.

Will the hangover of a patriotic binge be worth it if war and its consequences become a daily, lifelong addiction?  Or, will the glum awakening, even on the brightest of mornings, be the residue of restless nights worrying over our resolve?  Our America shall have many, many nights of anguish as we struggle with the ‘war questions’ Americans always ask – during a war of ever changing dimensions, consequences and demands for commitment.

Americans will speak to the dark hours of legitimate doubt with characteristic straightforwardness:

  • Who are we fighting?
  • Why? What are we defending?
  • What will be victory?
  • How much, how long, what risk will war cost?
  • What must I do?

The answers to these questions over time will result in two wars being waged for our Homeland Defense.  The first, the WW-T, will lead to another, but different, Civil War in the U.S.   Prayerfully, hopefully, the severity of both wars- the consequence management – will be minimized.  Regardless, the nature of both conflicts merits the name – war – and will be fought to the ultimate ends of any and every war – peace through victory or defeat.

When WW-T expands beyond the destruction of one species of terrorist vipers – the Al Qaida organization – the coalition will devolve.  The best efforts and high purpose of the magnificently experienced and talented Bush team can not stop shifting tectonic plates of history, culture and the clash of civilizations.  Sooner or later, WW-T will be the West and its shifting Moslem Allies vs. Raging Islam.

Then, Americans will realize some fuzzy, global, generic, secular human ‘freedom’ is not under attack, but the West – Western Civilization – is the enemy of the resurgent Islam that breeds radicals and rage.  What is the American Civilization worth defending for long decades?  What must be preserved at all costs? Who will bear any price for what liberty?  These questions will split the unity of our nation along the fault lines of our American Culture War.

 Americans with different worldviews will seek alternatives for peace.  Some will be happy to defeat one group of terrorists and pretend there are no more until another bright September morning explodes in a new terror attack.  Some will shake in fear and shout ‘stop’ when an Islamic country turns on us as we pursue the next den of snakes or when a radical Islamic coup topples some friendly despot.  Some will stay the course to defeat the enemy, and their means of attacking the West, everywhere and suppress their successors’ ability to attack ever again – for decades and succeeding generations to come.  The nation will divide between those who seek peace at any price – because they don’t see the ultimate destruction of America and the West – and those who know that a hostile ideology – a vigorous, aggressive theology – must be defeated utterly and completely.

 WW-T will be waged on the terms of the old Roman Empire. Our enemies will fight us for generations – even centuries – until they change their way of thinking or are conquered or we are defeated from within. Our America, as the leader of the West, has imperial responsibilities without imperial ambitions. Moreover, our nation faces its greatest test since the American Civil War (ACW I).  Can a nation so powerful, so rich, so hated remain a Republic with the protected individual freedoms endowed by our Creator?  The American Culture War will become ACW II. 

WW-T and ACW II will be fought on the same front – our American Homeland. 

The distinctions between today’s liberals and conservatives will change as WW-T progresses.  When ACW II heats up – may it be a war of words and battles at the ballot boxes only – the two primary sides of the conflict will shape up in new alignments of allies, perhaps with new political labels.

One side will be soldiered largely by citizens who know that since 1776 America is the country where it is safe to be a believing, practicing, proselytizing Christian and Jew. Their troops will advocate the big ideas, the worldview supporting American Civilization and the West, namely, Judeo-Christian thought. This side will show tolerance for the Moslems, the pagans, the atheists among us, but not cede the nation to their hyphenated ideas of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

America faces a long, long perilous WW-T and ACW II indeed. May the God of America’s Founders, the God of Jesus Christ and Abraham, have mercy on us all. May God Bless America. In God We Trust.

 James Atticus Bowden



  1. Jim:
    Besides the two camps you see: those who don’t see a real threat to the west and those who will defend it, is another growing group and far more dangerous in the near term. There are those in our country who deep down, hate America. Many are old time Marxists and feminists but some are a new generation. They don’t like the whole concept of our country. They think we are the greatest threat to freedom in the world, they think we are evil. They particularly hate Christians. (We used to call them far left but now the far left are the mainstream of the democrat party and we even see that from many RINOs, check Bearing Drift here locally) Remember just a few years ago, we saw the mainstream democrat delegates boo a Boy Scout color guard at their own convention just because the BSA wants to be “morally straight”. What could be more “American” than the BSA. Ever wonder why the Boy Scouts are always being attacked/sued and not the Girl Scouts? Because the GSA accepted sexual perversion back in the early 1990’s and the BSA holds firm against it. Same thing with God, BSA says you must believe in some god, GSA says it is optional. Watch as more and more organizations, schools and businesses follow the GSA model.

    You see this same attitude anti American/westen Christian civilization with Michael Moore and his latest attack on capitalism (which is really just economic liberty) or in academia with professors like Ward Churchill.

    These people are NOT odd balls just like Van Jones was no oddball in the Obama administration (in fact their are still worse characters with influential access to the president. they represent the norm of what is taught in school from the Ivy League to every state university. I went to the University of Colorado when Churchill was only a student. Most professors even then said those things. Back then it was only in Madison, Boulder and Berkley but now forty years later it is everywhere even in Austin and Charlottesville. They teach the same things that Churchill does: hatred of tradition America.
    I recall my days in college during the VN war. Protests were characterized by peace signs and American flags. After 1968 it all changed. Protests thereafter were characterized not by peace signs but enemy flags, pictures of Mao and Che and a call to violent revolution. Jane Fonda sitting on a AA gun was fine with the so-called peace crowd as she was pretending to shoot down evil American capitalists. So much for peace and love.
    Those who were involved including the violent ones and bombers are now close to the administration/president and the majority party in Congress.
    We have a growing fifth column that is so hateful that they don’t realize that if they win, they will be the first to be eliminated by the new regime.
    I fear that with your accurate concern over radical Islam, you miss the threat much closer to the FEBA and increasingly in the battle area, that will prevent our ability to defend ourselves. When it comes time to call for the FPF it will be too late.
    Mainstream churches continue to compromise the truth and become more and more liberal, the schools, both public and private follow the same pattern. We need to educate our people and defend western civilization inside our lines while we practice economy of force and hold the Islamic enemy out beyond the COP. We then can deal with them.

  2. Sorry I wrote those comments and pushed submit far too quickly while watching football on TV. Please pardon all the typos. I really am not illiterate.

    • DV: Thanks. I put all those folks under the domestic enemies of the Constitution in ACW III. You’re right that they are on the FEBA of the homefront – for one of the two wars here.

      Thanks again.

  3. I wrote an epic poem about 9/11, using the attacks to show that we all face destruction apart from the gospel. You can find it by clicking on my name-link.

    God bless,


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