If the War on Terrorism is Breeding More Terrorists...What is the War against Western Civilization Breeding in Return?
"No, I miss the anger"
-Debra Burlingame (sister of Flight 77 pilot, Charles Burlingame) in response to a friend's question in regards to liberals and conservatives, right after 9/11.
Some on the Left, I guarantee, are laying the blame of the London bombings at the feet of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. (Just as there are some, within moments after 9/11, who felt we brought it upon ourselves). That if we hadn't invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, these killers would have left us alone. Well, we hadn't invaded anyone in 2001, and 9/11 still happened, as well as other attacks of a lesser scale throughout the 90's. Of course the self-blame game will then have you play at believing we brought it upon ourselves because they hate our foreign policy, we put Saddam in power (insert :rolleyes: emoticon here), we are in Saudi Arabia, we support Israel, yadda, yadda, yadda and et cetera.
Blaming us for taking the war to the terrorists is misguided. That's like police detectives going after the mafia...or gang units putting gangbangers away behind bars; then, as a result, the mafia and gang goes after the police or their family to terrorize them and make future police officers think twice about taking them down. Are those law enforcement officers responsible for bringing criminal retribution down upon themselves? I'm reminded of a quote from Jeff Cooper, which I can only paraphrase:
The felon fears neither the police, judge nor jury;
therefore, what he must be taught to fear,
is his own victim!
So if we don't have the courage to stand up to evil, who will? Who will you pass on the responsibility of protecting civilization onto? While you cower, accepting victimhood, how does that make you safer? The mentality of the victim who says, "if we don't do anything to anger them...that will make me safe." "Don't do anything to antagonize, or draw attention to yourself." Who can truly call himself free, who lives in fear like that? certainly, not the Iraqi people who are determined and tenacious in their resistance to kowtowing to terror.
And certainly not the Brits...the ones who are infused with the spirit of the Blitz. They with their English calm and stiff upper lips, I am confident, are made of sterner stuff than the "al-Muhajiroun" gang of London and al-Qaeda in Europe give them credit for. They will not fold like Spain appeared to do right after the Madrid City bombings, when they voted in a party leader who pledged to withdraw Spanish troops, should his party be elected to office.
For up-to-date analysis and insights, Hugh Hewitt is on top of it all, as usual, with all the primary blogging journalists. You'll often get accurate and reliable news information through his blog significantly sooner than you will through mainstream sources; and of course, his center-right opinions are second to none.
The following is taken from Little Green Footballs:
From April last year:
Attacks on London "Inevitable"
When the next terror attack hits Europe, no one will be able to say it was a surprise, or a secret—as al-Muhajiroun leader Omar Bakri Muhammad openly threatens attacks on London:
One “very well organized” group in London calling itself al Qaeda Europe “has a great appeal for young Muslims,” he said. “I know that they are ready to launch a big operation.” ... “We don’t make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity.”
“As far as I’m concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better,” says Abdul Haq, the social worker. “I know it’s going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid - I pray for it, I look forward to the day.”