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 ‘good vs. evil.'” These people actually think that there are “valid political and moral questions” to be discussed about whether or not we should be infuriated about 3000 murdered.

These people are angry that we attacked Afghanistan. They are indifferent to the fact that the organizers of 9/11 were there. They are apparently indifferent to having seen, on the news, women being executed in the Kabul soccer stadium for showing their faces, or some other “religious crimes.” They think we should have left alone the Taliban and al Qaeda, apparently, to continue their terror inside and outside of Afghanistan.

These people condemn “Israeli tanks and bulldozers” that “have left a terrible trail of death and destruction,” but they don’t mention at all the dozens of Palestinian homicide bombings that have killed hundreds of innocent Israelis.

These people fear an “all-out war with Iraq–a country which has no connection to the horror of September 11.” They view Iraq, which has one of the must brutally violent leaders on earth, as akin to a normal country like Canada. Surely no evidence would convince these people that Iraq is complicit in the ongoing war against the U.S. Surely these people wouldn’t condemn Iraq, any way.

Most Americans are scared of another 9/11-like attack. Most Americans know that probably millions of fundamentalist Muslims want to destroy their country and kill them. Most Americans know that it is not a mere idle

fantasy: plans are being made, terrorists are being trained, and weapons are being developed. Yet these people who publish diatribes such as “Not In Our Name” are instead afraid of the U.S. They ask rhetorically, “What kind of world will this become if the U.S. government has a blank check to drop commandos, assassins, and bombs where it wants?”

Fortunately most Americans aren’t evil and stupid like these people who sign “Not In Our Name” and other anti-American diatribes.

Most Americans know that the U.S. is the best country on earth, where people are most free, and where people are most just and decent to one another. Most Americans know that our government–that definitely has its problems–is the best defender of humanity on earth.

Most Americans know that we don’t deserve to be attacked because we are the good, and that people who make war against us are evil by definition. Most Americans know that when we are attacked, we must destroy our attackers to preserve our peaceful existence.

Most Americans know that “Not In Our Name” signers are traitors not only to Americans but to all good, peace-loving people worldwide. Most Americans know that our government and our military are the de facto defender of freedom and peace against tyrants like Muslim radicals.

To hell with these traitors and their diatribes condemning America–and God bless our commandos, assassins and bombs, which will defend us all.

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