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No Choice But To Fight
by James Robison


We've been fighting crime for centuries, yet the fight continues.

In 1624, the town of New Amsterdam was established on lower Manhattan. A Dutchman named Peter Stuyvesant served as the governor until the territory was ceded to the British. Part of Gov. Stuyvesant’s duties included crime prevention.

Now, 382 years later, New York reported 266 murders, 662 forcible rapes, 10,842 robberies and 25,132 cases of violent crime (DOJ/FBI Dec 2006 report). Nearly four centuries of fighting crime and it still exists. One could argue that it has only gotten worse. Still, we fight.

We dedicate more time, money and manpower to fighting crime in every city across the country. Policemen, border patrolmen, drug enforcement agents and other fine members of law enforcement endure injury daily. Good men and women are killed and their families suffer. Still, we fight.

Few would argue that crime can ever be stopped. Certain strategies may reduce particular offenses or shift them elsewhere, but it never goes away. Perhaps only catastrophic global warming can put an end to it, because as long as there are people living together on the planet, there will be crime. Still, we fight.

What would happen if we quit fighting crime? Would it go away? I cannot imagine that the rapist would suddenly say to himself, “You know, rape is wrong, so I won’t do it.” I understand that “thou shalt not steal” is a very religious value, but separating it from the state by striking down laws against theft seems like a very bad idea.

Some may believe that abolishing all law enforcement would stop crime, but I don’t buy it. Not for a second. I know that occasionally a cop does something wrong. Sometimes the good guys cross the line. We should continue to guard against all abuse of power, but a few bad deeds by “good” guys did not create the crime. The crime was there before the fight began.

We just passed the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, which ended the aggressive tyranny of Saddam Hussain. But the war began long before March 20, 2003. The crime of fanatical, murderous religious ideology began long before Gov. Stuyvesant sailed up the Hudson River. Terrorism was here when we were born and it may not be defeated in our lifetime, but that does not mean we can abandon the fight.

Cal Thomas recently wrote, “This war is unlike any the world has ever seen. It is without borders, though our enemy operates within and across borders; it is without a state, though al Qaeda would like to make Iraq its headquarters; and it is without reason.... We must win this war, or Islamofascism will win it. There can be no turning back. The enemy understands only humiliation and defeat. They must be given a double dose of each so that they will abandon violence and oppression for generations to come.”

America can’t choose to not fight. As long as we have an enemy committed to destroying us, we must fight them. When the Nazis wanted to destroy us, we fought them. We would do it again. Communists wanted to destroy us, so we fought them and would again. Islamists want to destroy us, so we fight them. If the day comes—and we all hope it does—that nobody wants to destroy us, we will enjoy peace with a cautious optimism and ready defense. But until that day, it’s not a matter of if we fight, it’s a matter of when, where and how we fight.


Publishing Information

Author: James Robison

Word Count: 570

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

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