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Monday, July 11, 2005

OBL's Big Mistake

With more historical knowledge than any of the spokemen from the Left, Victor Davis Hanson writes on terror:

Bin Laden has so far only made one mistake: He took down the entire World Trade Center rather than the top floors, and had the misfortune of having George Bush as president. Thus he lost Afghanistan and ended up with democratic reform from Iraq and Lebanon to the Gulf and Egypt. Train bombings in Madrid and bus explosions in London, like the carnage in Iraq, are preferable, since they are enough to terrify and demoralize the Westerner but not quite enough to knock sense into him that only military resistance and victory will save his civilization.

So the attacks will never quite be of such a stature to convince Western voters that one more such explosion will destroy their societies. The trick is instead to wage war insidiously, incrementally, and stealthily to avoid an overwhelming response. A cooling-off period in between 9/11 and 7/7 in which Western apologists, pacifists, and Islamist sympathizers go to work is essential for the terror to continue.


The Left's cursory, superficial public commentary contain failed readings of history including their analogy of the War on Terror to Vietnam, their claim that the U.S. created OBL by our support of the mujhideen or, on national matters, that Founders would agree with their expansive interpretation of the Constitution, makes them unpersuasive to serious thinkers and, more important, the voters.

David Horowitz in "The London Bombings" provides more historical underpinnings of this war on terror:

The United States provided training and arms for the Muslim mujahideen in Afghanistan because its conscience was roused by the Soviet invaders whose scorched earth policies killed a million defenseless Afghan civilians before the resistance, with America’s help, was able to stop them.

In making its argument, the left also ignores the momentous historical fact that the victory of the mujahideen, made possible by America's gift of missiles, not only defeated the Red Army, but triggered the chain of events which led to the fall of the Marxist empire. In other words, U.S. support for the mujahideen eventually liberated a billion people whom the Soviet comrades of American and European leftists had enslaved for fifty and seventy years.

This war has been brewing since the first radical Muslims began their assualt on their religion at least as far back as the 1920s. They developed processes in their active relationship to Hitler. The Ayalollahs radical anti-Americanism revolution of 1979 has culminated to this very day.

The Left combines their anti-historical references with shrill hatred of the one President who, within his own political parameters drawn much more broadly than the Left approves (and that is another discussion worth pages), has waged an offensive campaign against the Islamists. The Left has drawn in the "head in the sand" liberals and pacifists but a majority of Americans see no rational, peaceful way out of this jihad. We are expending blood and wealth. However, in 4 years there are now freer millions of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon as well as openings in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria (if the NYT's interview with Assad this weekend has a shred of credibility). These are positive developments. The status quo would not be as productive.

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