June 25, 2008 · Updated 9:46 PM
"New generation defends freedomHistory has unfolded in such a way that today's young men and women have been called to save the world, just as their grandparents were on Dec. 7, 1941.The date Sept. 11, 2001 will also live in infamy, as another surprise attack claimed the lives of thousands of Americans. How it happened or why it had to happen is now beside the point. The United States is at war, against a phantom enemy that must be pursued to the ends of the earth. The time to stop terrorism is now.This dangerous but necessary duty will largely fall to recent graduates of South Whidbey High School, Coupeville High School, Oak Harbor High School, and thousands of other similar schools across the nation. Young men and women not even old enough to legally drink a beer will be battling the forces of darkness.The terrorists were trying to provoke a response from the U.S., and there is extreme danger in this. There are two conflicting world views. The terrorists believe the Muslim world will rise up against the West, attempt to eradicate Israel and drive the U.S. out of the region. The U.S. is depending on the fact that Islam is a great religion based on peace and brotherhood, and that many Muslim nations and most of their people will support this battle against terrorism.If the terrorists are right, this will be a long, ugly war.But there is no other choice. The United States can either withdraw into itself and create a police state in which everyone is a suspected terrorist, or choose to strike out at the sources of terror. The President of the United States and Congress agree that we must go out and fight for our principles.What will our young people be fighting for? The answer is simple: Our constitutional rights, such as freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of travel, and the freedom not to live in fear.If the other side wins, the dream of freedom will end for millions of men and women throughout the world, and terrorism will be here to stay.The time to pray for peace is over, but we can still pray that our young men and women succeed in their mission, and that they return home as victors in this battle against darkness.Community Club needs your supportThe Langley Community Club has been an enormous help to the city for nearly 35 years, but now it needs some help from the community.The club's membership is aging and dwindling, and yet it still plays a vital role in making Langley a better place to live. For example, last month it provided a costly generator so seniors living at Brookhaven won't have to be cold during power outages this winter.But a few hard working members can do only so much, and the Community Club needs new volunteers or it faces dissolution.This isn't some distant threat. A meeting to consider ending the club's long history of activity will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Brookhaven Hall.Langley needs the Community Club. Attend the meeting and help it survive. And don't forget to bring a potluck dish to share. "