Sunday, July 10, 2005

What will it take? 

Life is back to normal over at Democratic Underground, where wackos are already declaring Bush and Blair's Big Iraqi Haliburton Oil Bonanza as the mysterious cause of the London Bombings. Not that they are the first ones; hours after the blasts took place, I commented on the inane ramblings of MP George Galloway, who declared a pre-emptive strike against the Iraq war by boldly indicting it as the root cause of the attacks. Nick Cohen at the Guardian's Observer (via Instapundit) soundly refutes the proposition, and excellent writing is available at National Review Here and Here on the topic.
My feelings at hearing that sort of conspiracy theory, anti-Western ,nonsense are mostly outrage, disgust, and utter perplexity. How can it be that people would actually believe that sort of drivel? Cohen writes:
On Thursday, before the police had made one arrest, before one terrorist group had claimed responsibility, before one body had been carried from the wreckage, let alone been identified and allowed to rest in peace, cocksure voices filled with righteousness were proclaiming that the real murderers weren't the real murderers but the Prime Minister. I'm not thinking of George Galloway and the other saluters of Saddam, but of upright men and women who sat down to write letters to respectable newspapers within minutes of hearing the news.

'Hang your head in shame, Mr Blair. Better still, resign - and whoever takes over immediately withdraw all our forces from Iraq and Afghanistan,' wrote the Rev Mike Ketley, who is a vicar, for God's sake, but has no qualms about leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban and al-Qaeda or Iraq to the Baath party and al-Qaeda. 'Let's stop this murder and put on trial those criminals who are within our jurisdiction,' began Patrick Daly of south London in an apparently promising letter to the Independent. But, inevitably, he didn't mean the bombers. 'Let's start with the British government.'

And so it went on. At no point did they grasp that Islamism was a reactionary movement as great as fascism, which had claimed millions of mainly Muslim lives in the Sudan, Iran, Algeria and Afghanistan and is claiming thousands in Iraq. As with fascism, it takes a resolute dunderheadedness to put all the responsibility on democratic governments for its existence. (Emphasis is mine)

Its disappointing to hear people so openly remove responsibility from where it should lie: the people who committed the acts. But never mind that; as one " Highly educated Jewish Atheist" reader reminds us so eloquently,
The US fuckes [sic] up Muslims in the Middle East. Muslims hate the US for that and cause 9/11. The US attacks Muslims for 9/11. British join the US. Muslims now hate British and attack them. I see no anomalies here.

Never mind the words of Osama himself (below sidebars, about 1/6 of the way down), as repeated by President Bush:
Some of the violence you see in Iraq is being carried out by ruthless killers who are converging on Iraq to fight the advance of peace and freedom.

Our military reports that we have killed or captured hundreds of foreign fighters in Iraq who have come from Saudi Arabia and Syria, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and others.

They are making common cause with criminal elements, Iraqi insurgents and remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime who want to restore the old order.

They fight because they know that the survival of their hateful ideology is at stake.

They know that as freedom takes root in Iraq, it will inspire millions across the Middle East to claim their liberty as well.

And when the Middle East grows in democracy and prosperity and hope, the terrorists will lose their sponsors, lose their recruits and lose their hopes for turning that region into a base for attacks on America and our allies around the world.

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate.

Here are the words of Osama bin Laden: "This third world war is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation."

The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened or defeated. So they are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take.

Never mind the countless lives saved by our invasion and constant diligence in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind the many terror plots we never hear about, and some we do, that have been thwarted before they even developed. I realize that with the impending resignations on the supreme court, and the heroic actions of the four downed SEALS, there is lots to blog about, but I feel like this is more important. These animals will not stop at diplomacy and concessions, but only at the annihilation of the entire Western way of life. What will it take for people to realize that? We lost 3000 on 9/11, enough to awaken, grudgingly, the slumbering American giant, at least for a time, that had laid dormant during a careless Clinton regime content to raise taxes and traipse about the Oval Office fornicating while American embassies and ships burned. A little harsh? Maybe, but I shudder to think what will happen if we again allow ourselves to grow lax, to let our diligence wane, as some would have us do. How many lives lost are to many to stand? I think we know the answer: any.

That we are at war with an underground army cannot be argued. The sad fact is that we are also struggling with the hearts and minds of many of our countrymen and allies who do not understand the length to which the enemy will go to kill us. Not just defeat, not just win a political stronghold. Kill. Like in NY on September 11th and London last week. Kill.

These words are an excellent summary: "The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened or defeated. So they are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take."

Dan Patterson
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