To the Editor:

To his credit President George W. Bush has done an outstanding job in his efforts in dealing with the threat of terrorism. He has maintained a clear and unwavering objective; that being the protection and welfare of the American people.

Why shouldn’t he? Isn’t that his job?

He is the one person who is elected head of the Administrative branch of our United States government. The No. 1 priority granted the president is the protection of the American people. I frankly could not be more pleased with his determination and stamina.

The warning signs leading up to 9/11 had been building for at least two decades, including the bombing of several U.S. embassies, the USS Cole, and most recently and dramatically when four commercial aircraft were hijacked by radical Islamic terrorists. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center, a major center for U.S. and world capitalism; one flew into the Pentagon, the center of our defense capabilities; and the fourth was intended to fly into the nation’s Capitol or the White House, the center of U.S. government.

I was proud, and still am, of President Bush, standing in the rubble of the Twin Towers in New York, declaring enough is enough and that we will stand against the terrorists who are determined for our destruction.

Will we be attacked again? Likely, although many attempts have been foiled since then due to our diligent surveillance and security system now in place.

A key element in containing terrorist activity in the United States as well as in the world is the establishment of a democracy in the Middle East region. It was just over a year ago that more than 10 million Iraqis courageously went to the polls, despite threats on their lives by terrorists, and voted to approve a constitution that grants free press, free election, a functioning judicial system with the rule of law.

Most of the region can be described at best as dysfunctional, making it possible for ruthless dictators and terrorists to flourish. Thankfully President Bush, as well as thousands of Iraqis, are taking leadership roles in establishing a stable, functional government.

Regrettably these efforts have resulted in the deaths of many brave members of the U.S. military. It is so gratifying, however, to hear consistent reports from our troops who believe in what they are doing in Iraq and willingly give of themselves to make a difference in stabilizing the region.

Paul Aasness

Fergus Falls