An al-Qaida front group has claimed that it is responsible for killing 4 and capturing 3 American soldiers in an ambush attack over the weekend, and has warned the United States military to stop searching for them. According to information posted on an Islamic jihadist website, the “Islamic State of Iraq� said they had attacked the U.S. convoy as revenge for the rape and murder of a local teenager last year.

The following is an excerpt from message on the militant’s website:

“What you are doing in searching for your soldiers will lead to nothing but exhaustion and headaches. Your soldiers are in our hands. If you want their safety, do not look for them.”

Undeterred by the warnings from the jihadists, more that 4,000 ground troops, supported by aircraft, intelligence units and Iraqi forces continue their race against the clock to find their missing brothers in arms. Good luck boys!

With that said, when things like this happen, it serves to really drive home the point that war is a very serious business, and its time for the politicians on both sides of the isle take a step back and reevaluate their positions, not only for the sake of the mission, but for the safety of the soldiers involved in this mess.

There is no easy way out for the men and women that our government has sent to Iraq in order to liberate a bunch of folks that are apparently unable to either comprehend or appreciate what life is like when you are not under the thumb of a brutal dictator. They had their opportunity to assimilate themselves into the civilized world, and as far as I’m concerned, they blew it.

We’ve spent literally tons of cash, provided hundreds of tons of munitions and equipment, and given the new Iraqi “government� the benefit of borrowing some of the best and brightest people in the world, many of which have made their way home in a flag draped coffin. After all of the sacrifices made by the governments, and more importantly, the citizens of the coalition countries, these unappreciative animals would still rather fight amongst themselves over their religious differences than to get on with the business of rebuilding their country.

From the outset of this war our government (not the military mind you, but a bunch of politicians, most of which wouldn’t know an M-16 from a P-38) has been preoccupied with things like world opinions and global perceptions about what it is we are trying to accomplish in Iraq. Our military has been there and done that before. It didn’t work then, and it still won’t work now. This is a WAR, and its high time we stop politicizing it and start fighting it!

Once we have defeated the enemy, we can focus on all of those less important things that the politicians like to concern themselves with, but until the terrorists and militants are reduced in numbers significant enough for the fledgling Iraqi military to have an opportunity to get a handle on the situation for themselves, peace in Iraq is just not possible.