During the past several weeks, many Americans have begun to view the economy as an overriding priority for the federal government - in particular, for President-elect Barack Obama.
But we have been reminded that the campaign against Islamic terrorists cannot be put on the back burner. It needs to receive at least as much attention as the economy from Obama.
Scores of people, including some Americans, were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists who staged a sophisticated, simultaneous assault on 10 locations in India. During the weekend, intelligence services from several countries were helping their counterparts in India to determine just who the attackers were and from where they originated.
It is virtually unthinkable that a similar set of attacks could be launched in this country. Still, the assault on India is a reminder that Islamic terrorists remain a strong threat - and have not changed their philosophy of using massacre to make a point.
Indeed, the economy needs to be repaired. But Americans need to be protected, too.