Fourteen years ago this morning, 27 August 1996, I found myself reading a just-published document by Osama bin Laden entitled “Declaration of War Against the United States.” In the 12-page treatise bin Laden announced al-Qaeda’s intention to wage war on the United States and summarized its motivation in six items:
The politicians and media continue to spew and sputter about the NYC mosque, with much of their commentary now turning to ask: ’Why are Americans so fearful of and hateful toward Islam and Muslims?” The obvious answer is that Americans are so fearful of and hateful toward Islam and Muslims because their leading politicians and the media have taught them to be.
The building of a mosque at the site of the 9/11 attack will be a signal victory for al-Qaeda and its cause. Al-Qaeda destroyed the World Trade Center with several goals in mind: to prove the U.S. government cannot defend its citizens; to damage the U.S. economy; to cause large numbers of casualties; and to strike at the heart of what militant Muslims regard as a “Jewish city.” Al-Qaeda accomplished this mission superbly and with lasting positive impact for its cause.
I hesitate to again return to the issue of war with Iran, but do so because the likelihood of that catastrophe appears more likely with each passing day. I look around the country and see no groundswell of popular support for such a war, or support for Israel attacking Iran. I hear no newscasters or strategists or pundits warning about any specific threat Iran poses to U.S. interests at home or abroad. And yet, Republicans in the federal legislature unanimously support the idea of Israel attacking Iran. The Democrats need not say anything publicly because it is obvious they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by U.S. citizen Israel-Firsters, and will do their and Netanyahu’s bidding.
August 6th is a date that sticks in my throat each year because it brings Pacifists, fools, liars, and fantasists — the dependable base of the Democratic Party — slithering out of their holes to attack commonsense from every possible angle. And this August 6th is no exception. The intelligence of Americans is again being assaulted by this gang of ill-educated and effete miscreants, a gang whose members are always eager to damn America.
President Obama’s decision to put the U.S.-citizen/militant Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awalki on the target list for killing has received much attention and discussion. Some think it appalling that a U.S. citizen can be hunted down and killed by U.S. forces without receiving due process. Others believe al-Awalki is a foe of America who has incited violence against his fellow citizens and so deserves summary execution.
Faced with a choice in national security affairs, federal officials — elected and appointed, civilian and military — nearly always choose the side of America’s enemies. Since the end of the Reagan years, in fact, consistent failure has been Washington’s watchword and the credulity of Americans as they watch this rampant failure is astounding and heartbreaking.