Securing Our Future
President Bush delivered an excellent speech today before the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national convention, drawing upon the lessons of history in defense of the Iraq war. For example, the president noted the similarities between the attack on Pearl Harbor and September 11th, how both Al Qaeda and Imperial Japan were driven by a twisted ideology in pursuit of an empire and how both resorted “to a strategy of suicide attacks destined to create so much carnage that the American people will tire of the violence and give up the fight.”
When World War II was over, America rebuilt our former enemies. Many objected, claiming that we were imposing our values on other cultures. Japanese officials complained bitterly about our insistence on giving Japanese women the right to vote. General Douglas MacArthur wrote in his memoirs about the criticism he received from “many Americans, as well as many other so-called experts…” As President Bush reminded his audience, “You know, the experts sometimes get it wrong. …[As] one historian put it … ‘Had these erstwhile experts had their way, the very notion of inducing a democratic revolution would have died of ridicule at an early stage.’”
The president even dared to risk making comparisons to Vietnam – not about “quagmires” but about how tragedy followed America’s retreat. While liberal politicians and media elites insisted that life would be better for the Vietnamese after America left, President Bush noted that former allies of the United States, intellectuals and businessmen “were sent off to prison camps, where tens of thousands perished.” Our enemies around the world also learned that America could be divided. President Bush stated, “There was another price to our withdrawal from Vietnam… In an interview with a Pakistani newspaper after the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden declared that ‘the American people had risen against their government’s war in Vietnam. And they must do the same today.’”
The president ended on an optimistic note, telling our veterans, “Today the violent Islamic extremists who fight us in Iraq are as certain of their cause as the Nazis, or the Imperial Japanese, or the Soviet communists were of theirs. They are destined for the same fate. …So long as we remain true to our ideals, we will defeat the extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan…” But, my friends, there’s no guarantee that America will prevail in this war. Hitler and Hirohito were not intimidated by our ideals. They were not defeated by diplomacy. It took blood and iron to bring Berlin to its knees. It took the horror of atomic destruction to pacify the kamikazes. It will take much more than our “ideals” to prevent another Dark Age from engulfing the civilized world. Securing America’s future will require the sacrifice of lives and treasure. Our veterans understand that, even if too many of our elites do not.
How Political Correctness Will Kill Us
In recent weeks the FBI has been tracking reports of suspicious behavior by two Middle Eastern-looking men on the Seattle ferry system. The Bureau has tried and failed to locate the men, and so a few days ago they went to the Seattle media for help. The FBI requested that major papers and news outlets publish photos taken of the men by concerned citizens. And, of course, the media, wanting to save the lives of their readers and viewers, complied – right? Wrong. Some news outlets cooperated, but not the liberal Seattle Post Intelligencer. The managing editor of the paper explained the decision this way: “We have no confirmation that these men’s behavior was anything but innocuous, and to forever taint them by associating them with terrorism under these circumstances is not consistent with our policy.”
In 2004 the Seattle Times reported that Coast Guard officials and members of Seattle’s Joint Terrorism Task Force believed the ferry system had been the object of “pre-operational terrorist planning.” But the “policy” of the Post Intelligencer will make the FBI’s job harder and increase the likelihood that dead Americans will be floating in the water. If hundreds die in an attack by Islamofascists, you can bet that the paper will blame Bush, the FBI, etc.
The left-wing mind set is a strange thing to behold. Whether it’s groups like MoveOn.org or papers like the Intelligencer, the world is upside down. Suspicious-acting Middle Eastern men are given the benefit of the doubt, but the FBI can’t be trusted. George Bush is compared to Hitler, but we must try to understand Iranian Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, U.S. troops are accused of intentionally killing civilians, but Al Qaeda atrocities barely make the news. Here’s a small action item for those of you in Seattle – cancel your Post Intelligencer subscription today!