Protecting Our Civilization
Paul Johnson, a Brit to be sure, has a piece in the 10-25 National Review (excerpted, as the link will show, by NRO) about the importance of this election. To him, the results will tell him how serious Americans are about our "role as a world leader."
The United States is the only nation on earth which is capable of extinguishing terrorism, as former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar declared in a speech at Georgetown last month. (America is "the world's greatest power and quite possibly the only nation capable of defeating terror on its own.")
The excerpt is worth the read; if you subscribe to NR, read the entire article. Aznar's speech, I'd consider a must read. I saw the speech on C-SPAN as well, but I couldn't find it archived online.