I wonder what the world would be like today if, on June 4, 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had said, "We shall fight them on the seas and in the air. We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them in the cities, towns, and in the hills. But if we have not defeated Hitler's Nazis within 18 months, we shall surrender!"

The next major terrorist attack on the United States could make the events of Sept. 11, 2001, seem trivial by comparison. Millions of American lives are at stake.

Ed Gomer