Let’s remember who the enemy is

Liberals say quite a few things about the war on terror that I don’t agree with.  Sometimes to the point that when I’m arguing with them, I want to throw my hands up in the air and say "what’s the point?"

One thing I always keep in mind, though, is that liberals aren’t the enemy in this war.  Conservatives aren’t either.  Although we disagree with each other – sometimes quite passionately – we have to remember that the real enemy here is radical Islam.

There are always exceptions to every rule, though.  I don’t think Ted Kennedy has this country’s best interests at heart, nor Dick Durbin (for example) and I think that about a few liberal columnists, too – I’m sure some liberals out there might say the same about some conservatives.  But make no mistake about it: we, the average (not extremist) liberal and conservative, aren’t each others enemy.  

True, we were already divided before this war, but since then the divisions have gone deeper, the rifts widening.  Before it widens further, I implore all my friends on the left and right (and I mean this for myself too) that we need to stick together in this fight, not tear each other apart.  That doesn’t mean we always have to agree – in fact, always agreeing is boring.  That just means we respect each other’s arguments without them disintegrating to the point of no return. 

I’ve read countless times people blaming the President for our divisiveness.  Instead of playing the blame game, we ought to take a look at ourselves instead, because we all have a part in this and we don’t *have* to be that way.  If we continue to let our disagreements over how to handle the terrorist threats we are facing lead us to consider each other the enemy rather than radical Islam, then in some respects, the terrorists who flew those planes into the WTC, the Pentagon, and a field in PA have scored a partial victory.  Let’s not let that happen.

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