Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.More ↓Less ↑
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in WND’s planned series of one-on-one interviews with each candidate for the office of president. Today former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warns the battle against terrorism will not end in a draw.
“There’s no peaceful co-existence, there’s no accommodation, there’s no na?ve nonsense that if we leave them alone they leave us alone. This is a war someone will win and someone will lose,” he told WND during an exclusive one-on-one interview.
“Whoever perseveres and whoever has the strongest will, will in fact win and that’s why we can’t give up,” he said.
He was responding to WND’s question about the likelihood of another terrorist attack similar to 9/11 on U.S. soil.
“There’s almost an inevitability, not just a possibility,” he said. “It will happen again. And it’ll happen because we face an enemy that is not a nation-state that can be contained within borders and boundaries, because their war is not about borders and boundaries.
“Islamofascism is rooted in a theocratic Islamic jihadism that seeks to destroy and annihilate every last one of us. It wants to establish a complete Islamic theocracy across the world and for that to happen it means our culture has to be completely snuffed out,” he said.
That is one of the reasons the U.S. needs to work on some internal issues, to have economic and military strength to wage such a war. “If we don’t have a healthy, strong and vibrant nation, we’re not going to have even enough economic and military strength to fight that war,” he said.
Huckabee, who once was honored by Time magazine as one of its five best governors in America, has visited dozens of states to campaign for his causes so far. He hails from Hope, Ark., served in the Arkansas governor’s office from 1996-2007, and has written, “From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America’s Greatness” about his ideas.
He was elected lieutenant governor in 1993 in a special election and elected to a full four-year term in that office in 1994. Only the fourth Republican to be elected to statewide office in Arkansas since Reconstruction, he moved into the statehouse in a special election in 1996.
He’s also served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and led growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. The former governor also plays bass guitar with the rock-n-roll band Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band.
On other issues, he says he’s opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens but doesn’t want a system in the United States where children are punished for the offenses of their parents.
“I believed then and still believe now that one of the traditions in this country that is very strong is that you punish people who break the law but you don’t punish the children of those who break the law for something they can’t help,” he told WND.
He said he “adamantly” opposes same-sex marriage or civil unions, and during his first 100 days in office would work to restore unity in America.
“I’m convinced that this polarized and divided nation of ours is going to be unable to solve the really big problems we face. We face a huge problem with the threat of Islamofascism. We face the big problem of a tax system that is crippling our economy, driving jobs and money off our shores and into the hands of people in other countries and cultures. We still have a cultural war, where we have disregarded the value and worth of human life, and of marriage, and the institutions that make us a strong country. We’ve got to become energy independent,” he said.
He also is convinced life begins at conception, and worked on a state constitutional amendment in Arkansas toward that end.
“I believe that we should protect human life, the foundation of our civilization. It defines us as much as anything does, as to how we treat and how we even view another human life, as to whether it has intrinsic value or worth or whether it does not,” Huckabee said.
He also opposes international judicial jurisdiction over the United States and believes that judges who cite international law in their U.S. court opinions should be impeached.