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Air Force General Assesses The War On Terror

It's the kind of business, members of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce take very seriously.

"We've all been preoccupied, and rightfully so, with the storm," retired Air Force General Clark Griffith said. "But this nation's at war and we need to understand all of that."

So Thursday, hundreds gathered at Beau Rivage to hear more about America's ongoing War on Terror from a military commander with first hand experience fighting it.  

"This isn't a general that's got off a truck with a speech," Griffith said. "This is a general that's been there, done that."

Four star General William Looney is the current Commander of Air Education and Training at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. But educating Biloxi's business and political top guns was the aim of this mission.  

"It's very important that our society become very, very knowledgeable of the enemy we face and the threat we face, so we can deal with it together," Looney said. 

The General said it's important that people understand America's commitment to defeat terrorism will be a long and difficult one.  

"This is a test of wills. That is what the enemy believes. And they believe that our will power is low and that we are weak and when faced with difficult circumstances we will retreat. And we cannot allow that to happen."

He believes that commitment must remain strong for the sake of our country and the world.  

"This is a war about culture. This is a war about values. This is a war about belief. This is a war about freedom and, unfortunately, there is no room for compromise, no room for negotiation. And we must deal with that. We must be strong and we must preserver through the challenges that we have."

by Don Culpepper

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