By Doug Newman
April 12, 2007
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One of the justifications I keep hearing for continuing the war in Iraq is: “If we don’t fight them over there, we will have to fight them over here.” However, there is no historical basis for this. Consider the following examples:
There is simply no basis for all of this incessant neocon sound and fury about the terrorists “following us over here.”
America has, far and away, the world’s mightiest military. Indeed, the US is responsible for about half of the world’s military spending. If we simply minded our own business and guarded our borders and shores we would be pleasantly surprised. Nobody would dare mess with us.
Militarily, we outspend Iran 20:1; we outspend Iraq 100:1. In fact, if you add together all the military budgets of the Arab World, they equal barely one-quarter of ours. Any attempt to invade us would constitute national suicide for the perpetrator. Cyberpundit extraordinaire Fred Reed recently pointed out that it has been centuries since a Muslim country invaded and conquered a non-Muslim country.
If Muslim countries are impotent relative to the United States, terrorists are even weaker. They control no countries and have no armies. Terrorism is not an ideology of government, but rather a means of venting political grievances.
In Pat Buchanan’s words, “terror (is) a weapon of the weak and stateless against Western powers they (can) not defeat with arms.” Although they are horrible people who hate us, they have neither the means nor the desire to invade or conquer us. They just want us to leave their countries. While terrorists cannot defeat you with arms, they can sure make your life miserable.
9/11 was an attack, not an invasion. (1) The differences here are not just semantic. There was no follow-up. There was no invading army. There were no terrorist carrier groups headed into New York Harbor and Chesapeake Bay. After the attacks there were no aerial bombing raids from the terrorist Luftwaffe.
And there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since. This is not because of the surveillance state that the Bush Administration has imposed and which millions of Americans have all too gladly accepted. There are thousands of things terrorists could do that they could plan without catching the attention of the authorities. They could carry out their diabolical plans at airports, on highways, at power plants, at stadiums, at schools, on subways and in numerous other settings. And they haven’t done it!
But the possibility of an attack exists! Those three words -- the possibility exists -- are an age-old excuse for massive intrusions on your liberty. If you will give up your liberty in the name of there never being a terrorist attack, consider this: Cuba has no terrorism problem. Would you want to live there? (Cuba also has no immigration problem.)
Speaking of immigration problems, why are we being forced to surrender our liberty and fight all these wars in the name of fighting terrorism, while all the while the border with Mexico is well-nigh non-existent?
If all these Holy Joes who glorify this war on terror would just open their Bibles, they would learn some amazing things. Specifically, you reap what you sow and if you live by the sword you die by the sword. Translated: If you insist on throwing your weight around militarily to the extent that America does, do not at all be surprised if you have a lot of people hating on you. If you hit a hornet's nest with a baseball bat, do not be surprised if you get stung. If you hit it repeatedly, do not be surprised if you get stung repeatedly.
Again, there is no historical basis for thinking terrorists will “follow us here” if we pull out of the Middle East. Rather, they just want our military gone. Let us oblige them. Whatever problems persist over there are not ours to solve anyway.
The Left wants us to surrender our freedom in the name of the junk science of global warming. The Right -- the flip side of the same coin -- wants us to surrender our freedom lest people who do not even control Afghanistan come here, take over, force us all to speak Arabic, force all our women to wear burqas and force us all to pray to Mecca five times a day. These two doomsday scenarios are equally ludicrous.
If a totalitarian state comes to America, it will not be the doing of some Islamopsychopath in a cave in Afghanistan or some band or bands of Islamogangsters. Rather, it will be because the American people give away their freedom based on unfounded fear. Let us not walk in fear, especially such baseless fear.
Yes, all the laws of the universe are created by the One true and living God. It's such a paradox when we consider "what is man that God is mindful of him", yet God loved man so much He gave His only Son to redeem him with His blood. And God's Son trusted Him to raise Him from the dead.
Much of these events we discuss regarding 911 are a dramatic example of the truth of God's Word. He told us that if we don't love the truth we will be given over to a strong delusion and will believe a lie.
I have been frustrated with the blatant ignorance and cowardice of the scientific community. They all know the laws of physics, aeronautics and aerodynamics. They know it is physically impossible to collapse those buildings with a kerosene fire, but they just sit on their hands and do nothing about it. But when I consider God's Word, then I realize they might know the truth, but they don't 'love the truth' enough to hold the leaders in this nation responsible.
The men who founded this nation had the courage to pledge 'their lives, the fortunes and their sacred honor'. Today's leaders are blatant cowards by comparison. They've given themselves over to the 'love of money' and evil as a result. -- SM
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