Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Triumph of Unrealism, Unrealistic

In an article titled “The Triumph of Unrealism,” George Will claims that the recent revelation and arrests of suspected terrorists in Britain and elsewhere validates one of the claims made by John Kerry in his failed campaign for President in 2004.

I feel compelled to point out that Mr. Will writes his opinion in a newspaper and is not responsible for conducting any wars or law enforcement or even intelligence. That being said, I have to disagree with this opinion. So much for lock-step conservatives, huh?

In a debate in South Carolina on Jan. 29, 2004, Kerry said that although the war on terror will be "occasionally military," it is "primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world."

While even I will agree that Kerry had a point, may I point out to that the Bush Administration is indeed using intelligence as well as law enforcement, when they aren’t being hamstrung by whiners on the left and the ACLU.

Don’t forget, the intelligence and law enforcement agents he had available were passed on by the previous administration.

During the 90s, after the first World Trade Center attack, the previous administration treated as a law enforcement matter. Some terrorist were indicted, tried convicted and sentenced. At least one, Abdul Rahman Yasin, disappeared to Iraq and who knows where just prior to the invasion. Another, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, was deported to Jordan, tried and acquitted there. He remains a free man in Saudi Arabia, last I heard.

Since that attack, several others have happened against American interests overseas:

Attempted Assassination of President Bush by Iraqi Agents, April 14, 1993

Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Pakistan, March 8, 1995

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Moscow, September 13, 1995

Saudi Military Installation Attack, November 13, 1995

Athens Embassy Attack, February 15, 1996
Khobar Towers Bombing, June 25, 1996

Empire State Building Sniper Attack, February 23, 1997

Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan, November 12, 1997

Somali Hostage-takings, April 15, 1998

U.S. Embassy Bombings in East Africa, August 7, 1998

Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000

Manila Bombing, December 30, 2000

Add to this the fiasco in Somalia in 1993, which had started as a Humanitarian effort only under the first Bush Administration and ballooned into U.N. controlled war against Aideed under the Clinton Administration that led to the “Black Hawk Down” incident and I think you can see the effectiveness of Kerry’s “point.” It also prompted Bin Laden, in his 1996 Declaration of War against the U.S. to state, "You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew. The extent of your impotence and weaknesses has become very clear. When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”

That is the legacy of making the War on Terror a Law Enforcement matter primarily.

The War, as President Bush has repeatedly said, will be a long and tiring war. It is going to take the combined efforts of Law Enforcement, Intelligence, Diplomacy and Military Action. An attack on our soil is not a mere crime. It is an Act of War that should be properly responded with by War!

We are not fighting a country with uniformed Soldiers. We are fighting a cowardly, ideological terrorist that wears regular clothes, hides in Mosques and behind women and children and will not come out and fight.

As we discover plans for attacks and arrests are made, bleeding heart liberal attorneys can’t wait to line up to defend these cretins and collect fees from the government. Foreign governments previously thought allied, waste no time condemning America defending herself, when a Conservative is in office. The U.N. also wastes no time in urging America to exercise “restraint” when attacked.

As noted above, this has been tried many times and the end result was the cowardly attack that killed nearly 3,000 innocent civilians on September 11, 2001.

We cannot afford to return to the days of treating Declarations of War and Acts of War against our people as mere crimes to be sent to courts with slick attorneys capable of freeing these terrorists to repeat their acts at will.

Stay the course; finish this madness once and for all. Victory is the only acceptable “exit strategy” as well as the path to peace.

Lew

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