Editorial: The never ending war

A year ago, as Americans observed another anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on our nation, we were reminded forcefully that more than a decade of campaigns against terrorist organizations had been of only limited value.

On that day, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four Americans. On the same day, a mob attacked our embassy in Cairo. Just three days later, terrorists attacked a joint U.S.-British base in Afghanistan, killing two Marines and destroying valuable aircraft and other equipment.

Then, in April, two immigrants from Islamic regions of Russia set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring another 264. Many of the wounded were maimed for life.

This week we marked another anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We do so in the knowledge Islamic terrorists have had very limited success in attacks within the United States.

At the same time we have come to recognize the enemy remains very powerful, with devotees scattered throughout the world, including right here in our homeland.

At times it seems as if one critic of the very term “war on terror” was right. “A war against terror has no end,” he remarked.

During the past decade, U.S. strategy against terrorists has been primarily defensive, though with some successes in killing and capturing Islamic militant leaders. Perhaps it is time to think again about some way to go on the offensive.

Year after year we commemorate the 9/11 attacks in the knowledge many foes of our very way of life remain determined to kill Americans. Surely there is some way to end the vicious cycle.