ON-Lion Letter
In early September 2007, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, now a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) in Washington, D.C., released the results of a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on Americans' perceptions of the war against Islamic fascism.

Two-thirds of the survey's respondents think that this is the most-dangerous time that our country has ever lived through, and a plurality considers Islamic fundamentalism to pose a bigger threat than either Soviet Communism in the 1960s or Nazism in the late 1930s.

"I believe that there is a growing recognition that Islamic fundamentalism is a long-term threat, and therefore, America's fight against it will constitute a long-term war with many battlefronts," said Santorum, who directs EPPC's Program to Protect America's Freedom.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the program.

"Despite the current political environment -- divided opinions on Iraq, distrust of the President's broader war policy and the ability of Congress to get things done -- there is general agreement that the U.S. faces a more-significant threat that goes beyond the battlefield in Iraq or the presidency of George W. Bush," he continued.

Santorum also hosted a public forum to discuss the poll, which asked about the alliance between Iran and Latin America, as well.

"Our leaders must do a better job of informing the public of the broader threats," Santorum noted.  "There is very little awareness ... of the threat posed by radical Islamic regimes working in concert with anti-American governments, particularly Hugo Chavez's Venezuela."
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