In the past few weeks radical Muslims have attacked again, including a bombing of a French ship, a bombing that killed hundreds–mostly Australians–in Indonesia, bombings in the Philippines, and possibly a bombing of a Moscow McDonald’s restaurant. The director of the CIA told Congress in October 2002 to expect another major attack within the U.S.’s borders, as the level of suspected terrorist communications intercepted now is similar to those in the months prior to the September 11 attack.
There is no doubt that Islamic governments finance this war against the U.S. There are countries that are actively at war against our country. Radical Muslims intend to kill thousands, or even millions, of Americans.
Yet certain Hollywood and other leftist types have taken it upon themselves to condemn our government’s war against terrorism. “Not in Our Name” is only one of their recent diatribes that celebrities signed. In their “Statement of Conscience” these people portray 9/11 to be like an earthquake or other natural disaster, a “horrific event” with “terrible scenes of carnage” that just happened. There isn’t a hint of recognizing the deliberate planning and actions that lead to this event, and that it was a massacre. The emotion these people express is merely shock–not anger, not sadness, not a sense of injustice.
Watching the WTC towers collapse upon thousands of people, seeing the burning wreckage of the Pentagon and the disintegrated plane in a Pennsylvania field, these people “recalled similar scenes in Baghdad, Panama City, and … Vietnam.” In other words, they saw no difference in these attacks and these past American military campaigns. Muslim radicals who kill thousands of innocent Americans are, to these people, indistinguishable from U.S. campaigns to remove brutal dictatorships. To them it is apparently irrelevant what one is fighting for, or whom one is intending to attack.
Actually, that is inaccurate. These people can’t make space in their diatribe for one sentence to condemn the 9/11 massacres–yet they have ample space to condemn the United States. America is wrong; the 9/11 terrorists aren’t. That’s what these people are telling us in their “Statement of Conscience.”
They tell us that they “believe that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion by great powers.” Too bad these people don’t think that the 3000 victims of 9/11–and the ever-growing list of casualties from subsequent attacks–have a right to determine their own destiny. (And too bad for Hitler that these people weren ‘t around to share their sympathy with him and his desired destiny for Germany.)
These people really hate the U.S. government for having “unleashed a spirit of revenge.” They hate our government for having “put out a simplistic script of