The War Has Actually Begun!

| Opinion | January 9, 2020

As I listened to one member after another of the Democratic leadership decry the killing of Iranian terrorist and general Soleimani, I pondered if it would be possible to magically engage Dr. Who’s TARDIS and take them back to March 23, 1775, location: St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond. Overheard speaking was none other than Patrick Henry:

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Dear Nancy, Chuck, Adam, Bernie, Uncle Joe et al., “The war is actually begun!” After the attempted bribery of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by President Obama, Iran has continued its terrorist activity throughout the Middle East. Reportedly, nuclear weapons and delivery systems have continued to be developed. Crowds in the streets still shouted, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Americans have been attacked and killed by Iranians and their proxies. The religion of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruler of Iran, looks forward to a coming apocalypse. They are intolerant of all other sects. The Iranian Shiites and Iraqi Sunnis are in mortal disagreement. The shotgun romance between infidel Russia and China with Iran is one of necessity and not attraction. China needs Iran’s oil. Russia needs the instability to weaken our economic hold over them and Iran. Iran is failing internally and needs to find unity against an external enemy in order to preserve power. What are Iranian military leaders and militia doing in Iraq? Certainly not keeping the peace and preserving independence and liberty. All this, yet gentlemen and women still cry, “Peace, Peace,” but there is no Peace. Forgive them, Almighty God!

Frankly I still cannot decide whether our Democratic leadership is tragically ignorant, cynically political or profoundly anti-American in their handling of the impeachment and nearly traitorous remarks about the president and his actions. I remain hopeful that they are none of the above and are products of the media and our indoctrinating education system. I pray that they are “useful idiots” who someday may understand the harm they are doing to all of us.

We have been warned by the internationalists not to poke the bear of Iran and ignore when they attack the United States, our allies and interests (reportedly 11 attacks in Iraq during the last several months). “Surely any retaliation will engender a greater response.” That likely is true. When have they not staged public demonstrations calling for “Death to America and Death to Israel”? Under this evil theocracy, has not the West been called the “Great Satan” again and again?


Iran has proved itself to be an international terrorist state and is diligently working towards nuclear annihilation of Israel and the United States. Perhaps it is best to keep poking the bear until they make a fatal mistake — a mistake that would justify our stepping in with kinetic force and removing their nuclear program while bringing an apocalyptic end to their evil theocracy before it succeeds in its vision to end the world. At our peril we ignore the words of Patrick Henry, “The war is actually begun!”

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About Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at smith4liberty@outlook.com

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