Jewish World Review Nov. 1, 2004 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 57645

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The election decision: Is it a real war? | Does the battle against Islamic terror constitute a real war, requiring massive resources and unwavering commitment, or should we treat the struggle like a limited law enforcement effort aimed at criminal gangs?

That is the basic question the American people must decide tomorrow.

Two different writers for the New York Times —Matthew Bai and Thomas Friedman — both show that John Kerry doubts the notion of all-out war.

As Friedman writes, Kerry has not "passed a simple threshold test: 'Does this man understand that we have real enemies?' Mr. Kerry, wrongly in my view, tried to use his heroic Vietnam War record to pass that test by implication. He did not make the sale."

Most Americans understand that any let-up in our determined efforts to destroy the terrorists will convey weakness — and encourage new attacks.

For those who demand resolute and steadfast leadership, there's only one choice: George W. Bush.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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