politics, history and the war on terror
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Is this an Exaggeration? 

"I think there has been an exaggeration," Mr. Kerry said when asked whether President Bush has overstated the threat of terrorism. "They are misleading all Americans in a profound way." Senator John Kerry, Democratic candidate for president

"I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism….His whole campaign is based on the notion that 'I can keep you safe, therefore at times of difficulty for America stick with me,' and then out comes Tom Ridge….It's just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there's some of both in it." - Howard Dean, former Democratic candidate for president

"The fact is, there are terrorists among us who want to engage in acts to attack us again and take away our freedom." - George Pataki, Governor of New York

Some on the Left refuse to recognize the very real threat we face, and attempt to downplay terror warnings by the Bush administration as exaggerations, fear-mongering and political posturing. A look at the news over the past several weeks shows that the Left is deceiving themsevles and the American people by making such claims.

Recently, five members of the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Charity connected to Hamas and al Qaeda, were arrested in Texas, with two others at large. Today, two members of an Albany Mosque, were arrested attempting to purchase missiles to assassinate Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States. The New York Times article neglects to mention the men arrested were the founder and Iman of the Masjid As-Salaam mosque. The two men are believed to be tied to Ansar al-Islam, the terrorist organization of Abu Musab Zarqawi, which we are currently battling in Iraq.

Several weeks ago, Pakistan arrested two South Africans plotting to carry out terrorist attacks against their home county. These arrests lead to the capture of Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed, a Muslim woman from South Africa believe to be an al Qaeda operative. She entered the United States illegally through the Mexican border. South African Passports appear to be a hot commodity for al Qaeda operatives. Today, a fourth South African al Qaeda suspect was arrested in Mexico, and it is believed that up to 14 members of al Qaeda are currently in that country. The security of our Southern border becomes an ever-increasing point of weakness in the war.

In late July, Pakistan arrested two high level al Qaeda operatives, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (bomb maker of the Kenya and Tanzania embassy attacks in 1998) and Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan. Both have lead to a wealth of information on planned terror attacks in the United States and Britain. The high alert status in the United States, which warns of attacks against financial targets in New York City, New Jersey and Washington, DC. The intelligence used to warn of these attacks was confirmed from a recent source separate from Ghailani and Khan, making allegations that the information was old or trumped up dishonest at best. Al Qaeda has a history of planning attacks over long periods of time. Britain has broken up an al Qaeda cell of 13 members, including the a leader of al Qaeda in Britain, Abu Musa al-Hindi, based on the interrogation of Naeem Noor Khan. It is believed the cell was planning to attack London's Heathrow airport.

In light of the information and arrests, is still reasonable to call the threats we face exaggerated, trumped up, or the politics of fear? Howard Dean and John Kerry seem to think so, despite the facts laid out in from of them.

Posted by bill roggio @ 3:10 PM