politics, history and the war on terror
Friday, April 09, 2004
A House Divided 

Victor David Hanson's latest article titled Western Cannibalism should be required reading for all Americans. Of particular interest:

Over the last two years, each time a U.S. senator in panicked and wild-eyed passion screamed that we could not win in Afghanistan, she [the United States] proved resolute and confident. On every occasion that an ex-general, a dissatisfied bureaucrat, or a wannabe journalist-strategist pontificated about what the United States could not do, she was unwavering in her determination to take the war to rogue regimes in the Middle East with a history of hostility against Americans and a record of providing easy sanctuary for terrorists. This present charade would be like holding public hearings on the eve of the 1944 election about the breakdown of intelligence and missed opportunities before Pearl Harbor and then blaming Harry Hopkins and Secretary Stimson for laxity even while the country was in the very midst of a two-front war.

Then we have the creepy outbursts from commentators and screams from Democratic senators. We are told by Senator Graham that we smashed al Qaeda only to discover that we had hit a mercury-like substance that now has hopelessly scattered. Well, yes, that is what happens when you strike back in war. The alternative? Allow this elemental terrorism to remain cohesive and united? War is not a decision between good and bad choices, but almost always between something bad and something worse and so it really is preferable to have toxic mercury scattered than to have it concentrated and pure.

Another pundit assures us that terrorists after American action in Iraq are more active now than before. Well, again yes — in the sense that Germany was messier in 1944 than in 1933, or that Japan was more dangerous for Americans in 1943 than in 1935. Danger, chaos, and death are what transpire for a time when you finally decide to strike back at confident and smug enemies.

Senator Kennedy, the past exemplar of sober and judicious behavior in times of personal and national crisis, has gone beyond his once-wild charges of Texas conspiracies to slur Iraq as Bush's Vietnam — his apparently appropriate moral boosting for the young Marines, who, even as he spoke, were entering Fallujah to hunt down murderers and mutilators.

Mr. Hanson asks if Americans understand that we are still at war. I suspect many Americans refuse to believe we were at war, even after 9/11. That most decided 9/11 was aberration instead of an attack; an isolated event from a singular terrorist entity which can be tracked down and placed on trial. Those that choose to believe this underestimate the nature of our enemy, for they have declared war on us. This war is bigger than al Qaeda, it is against all of the forces that breed terrorism and oppose freedom. The sooner Americans understand this, the sooner we will unite to fight the darkness that wants to overtake the light of liberty.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:13 PM