Justice and Self-Defense: On a Military Response to Terrorist Attacks

The case for large-scale, decisive US military action in response to the Sept. 11th massacres is two-fold: justice and self-defense. Justice consists of treating people as they deserve. It is exercised by rewarding and encouraging the good in others and by punishing and discouraging the bad. The murder and maiming of innocent people–thousands, on Sept. […]

The Lessons of War

Now that we have officially more or less committed ourselves to war, many will now object that this mission poses too many strategic pitfalls — that the Middle East is a vast quagmire, that the enemy is too elusive, that this will be “another Vietnam.” As always, many raise these objections, not as problems to […]

Is Your Personal Computer Protected From Terrorists?

Remember the movie Die Hard? At one point in the movie, Takagi (James Shigeta) says to Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), “You want money? What kind of terrorists are you?” To which Gruber replies in one of the more memorable quotes from the movie, “Who said we were terrorists?” I remind you of this because there […]

Nihilism and the War Against Western Civilization

The attack of September 11, 2001 was only one incident in a concerted war on western civilization. The attackers are united not by any organized conspiracy, but by a common hatred, and a common desire. Their hatred is of life and their desire is death. The attack takes many forms. Islamic fundamentalists proclaim the superiority […]

Pacifism on Principle is Suicide

Although most Americans seem to understand the gravity of the situation that terrorism has put us in — and the need for some serious military response, even if that means dangers to the lives of us all — there are still those who insist on posturing, while on the edge of a volcano. In the […]

The Spirit of the Twin Towers Still Stands

When I lived in New York, I could look up at any hour of the day or night and see the World Trade Center. I took comfort in its presence and the knowledge that American freedom and the ideals of capitalism were hard at work. Especially at night, to look up and see the windows […]

Berkeley vs. America

President Bush urged citizens this week to go back to work and try to restore normalcy to their everyday lives. Accordingly, the People’s Republic of Berkeley, Calif., wasted no time in returning to its business as usual: stifling political dissent under the guise of “tolerance,” stamping out every last ember of patriotism for the cause […]

The Immorality of a Self-Defense Consensus

The enemy of September 11, 2001 is not a military foe boastful of his power. It is a tiny rat that hides under a rug in the free country it wants to destroy. That America asked for the co-operation of the world to exterminate this rat is the consequence of a grave moral problem: America’s […]

A History Lesson for Bin Laden and His Arab Islamic Terrorist-Victimcrats

We “need to understand the mind of a terrorist,” goes the refrain. No, we do not need to understand the mind of a terrorist so much as we need to understand the mind of an Arab Islamic “terrorist-victimcrat.” Following the bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Time magazine interviewed Osama bin Laden. Time asked, […]

How the New “Tolerance” Helps Sanction Terrorism

On the eleventh of September, terrorists killed thousands of civilians and leveled the most prominent structure in New York’s majestic skyline, but they did not declare war on the United States that day. They’d done that decades ago. In response, Americans have expressed outrage and the President has vowed to bring those responsible “to justice.” […]

An American Peace: How to Win the War Against Terrorism

After over twenty years of unpunished terrorist violence against American servicemen and civilians that culminated in a September 11th attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center more destructive than Pearl Harbor, the Bush administration has declared a world war against terrorism. How can America and her allies possibly win such a war? America, here […]

Hatred of Western Civilization: Why Terrorists Attacked America

To the students of Ashland University: university teachers have wide latitude in their choice and presentation of subjects. In America university courses have been presented about Black Hair, Oprah Winfrey, and the Social Life of Snails. I see no reason why I should not offer a statement in this class, followed by discussion, about the […]

Understanding Terrorism

Statement of former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu before the Government Reform Committee, September 20, 2001: Chairman Burton, Distinguished Representatives, I want to thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I feel a profound responsibility addressing you in this hour of peril in the capital of liberty. What is at stake today is […]

Let’s Roll

The most horrible terrorist attack in history brought with it a seemingly unanswerable question: Why? And as the dust from the destruction has settled, we are forced to face another, more pressing question: What should we do? The victims held the answers to both questions. The World Trade Center was destroyed fundamentally because the attackers […]

We are all Israelis Now

The day after last Tuesday’s bombings, the headline of the French newspaper Le Monde declared: “We are all Americans now.” It was an extraordinary gesture, especially from the French and especially from Le Monde. But the more appropriate headline, both in Europe and in America, would be: “We are all Israelis now.” Israel has never […]

No More Terrorist Welcome Mat

Our Statue of Liberty stands stalwart in New York harbor, her head unbowed and torch aloft. For more than a century, she has generously welcomed the tired, poor, and huddled masses. But now, with the ashes of anti-American terrorism at her feet, it is time for Lady Liberty to dim the lamp and turn back […]

Wars and The Stock Market

Wars and The Stock Market

What will happen if calling Tuesday’s attack an “act of war” ends up being more than an evocative metaphor? What if it really turns out to be just the first battle in a prolonged global conflict? What if it turns out to be — not to be overly dramatic here, folks, but here goes… World […]

Letters: “Innocents” of War new!

The so-called “innocents” of war Nobody now can rationally believe that Islamic terrorists will not use weapons of mass destruction against innocent people, weapons they have been busy acquiring. Terrorism of this magnitude will remain a serious threat as long as there exists governments — Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, etc. — that aid, […]