I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised to see the left now crying how the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country really wasn’t all that bad. After all, since pretty much right after the collapse of the buildings, the anti-war left has been opposed to defending our nation and morons like Texas Congressman Ron Paul have been steadily blaming the attacks on America.
But this article from Newsweek, authored by a naturalized citizen from the nation of India does surprise me somewhat. Not that he is considered a far leftist, but in that originally, he was in support of the fight against terrorists.
The author, Fareed Zakaria penned a cover article shortly after the horrific attacks, “Why Do They Hate Us?” where he said,
“bin Laden and his followers are not an isolated cult like Aum Shinrikyo or the Branch Davidians or demented loners like Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber. They come out of a culture that reinforces their hostility, distrust and hatred of the West--and of America in particular. This culture does not condone terrorism but fuels the fanaticism that is at its heart. To say that Al Qaeda is a fringe group may be reassuring, but it is false.”
In an April 2003 New York Magazine article on him, Zakaria said of the Iraq invasion,
“The place is so dysfunctional, any stirring of the pot is good. America’s involvement in the region is for the good.”
Yet, within 2 months he was penning articles opposing the very actions he supported and writing articles critical of President Bush criticizing him for the
“failure to conduct diplomacy and attempt, or even pretend to attempt, to build an international consensus for our action in the Gulf.”
By 2007, he adamantly opposed the very surge that has now brought Iraq some semblance of a beginning to self determination. In 2008, he admitted it had been a success.
Now, as we approach the anniversary of that horrific day, he writes What America Has Lost, It’s clear we overreacted to 9/11 where he begins his screed,
“Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe. While it has inspired a few much smaller attacks by local jihadis, it has been unable to execute a single one itself. Today, Al Qaeda’s best hope is to find a troubled young man who has been radicalized over the Internet, and teach him to stuff his underwear with explosives.”
Zakaria impresses me that he would like for all of us to believe only Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden are behind radical Islamic terrorism, which is pure folly. Al Qaeda is but one radical group and perhaps with the coordinated attacks of September 11, 2001, the most successful.
Apparently he has forgotten, or ignores, the 2008 Mumbai attacks in his own native India “killing at least 173 people and wounding at least 308” by the Islamist militant terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Zakaria originally labeled himself a “conservative,” but it is clear he is now anything but. Troubling in seeking the basis for his views is in reading the New York magazine article linked above where his family is identified as “practicing Muslims” and that “He’s an Indian-born, Yale- and Harvard-educated Muslim.”
Is it possible that he is now in agreement with a take over of America by Islam? One could easily assume that with his article advocating the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque within the shadow of the rubble of the World Trade Center attacked on September 11, 2001 as he says,
“I believe we should promote Muslim moderates right here in America.”
I have my very serious doubts he would really call for the promotion of Christianity or Judaism “right here in America” by calling for the construction of a Cathedral or a Synagogue on the site.
While our First Amendment does grant us freedom of religion, it does not call for the promotion of any religion within America. It only gives individuals equal rights to all to practice their religion.
While Zakaria enjoys the freedom of speech granted by our constitution, he is becoming a dangerous person in that he seems to have joined the voices of those who wish to lull America back to sleep to the all too real threat of radical Islamist groups seeking world domination and the destruction of the west.
Hence, in reply to his comment on “overreaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” I’d like to recall for him,
Nov. 4, 1979 - Iran Hostage Crisis, After President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US, Iranian radicals seized the US Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. Thirteen hostages were soon released, but the remaining 53 were held until their release Jan. 20, 1981.
April 1983 - A suicide car bombing against the U.S. embassy in Beirut kills 63, including 17 Americans.
October 1983 - A suicide car bomb attack against the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut kills 241 servicemen. A simultaneous attack on a French base kills 58 paratroopers.
June 1985 - A TWA airliner is hijacked over the Mediterranean, the start of a two-week hostage ordeal. The last 39 passengers are eventually released in Damascus after being held in various locations in Beirut.
August 1985 - A car bomb at a U.S. military base in Frankfurt, Germany kills two and injures 20. A U.S. soldier murdered for his identity papers is found a day after the explosion.
October 1985 - Palestinian terrorists hijack the cruise liner Achille Lauro (in response to the Israeli attack on PLO headquarters in Tunisia) Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, wheelchair-bound American, is killed and thrown overboard.
November 1985 - Hijackers aboard an Egyptair flight kill one American. Egyptian commandos later storm the aircraft on the isle of Malta, and 60 people are killed.
December 1985 - Simultaneous suicide attacks are carried out against U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at Rome and Vienna international airports. 20 people are killed in the two attacks, including four terrorists.
April 5, 1986 - A bomb destroys the LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin. The disco was known to be frequented by U.S. servicemen. The attack kills one American and one German woman and wounds 150, including 44 Americans.
April 1986 - An explosion damages a TWA flight as it prepares to land in Athens, Greece. Four people are killed when they are sucked out of the aircraft.
Dec. 21, 1988 - A bomb destroys Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 people aboard the Boeing 747 are killed including 189 Americans, as are 11 people on the ground.
February 1993 - A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.
Nov. 13, 1995 - A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The "Tigers of the Gulf," "Islamist Movement for Change," and "Fighting Advocates of God" claim responsibility.
June 25, 1996 - A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khobar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.
Aug. 7, 1998 - Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured.
Oct. 12, 2000 - A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39.
And of course, the horrific events of September 11, 2001.
No Mr. Zakaria, we did not over react. The country is losing its will to fight and defend ourselves with your help.