Wednesday, February 16, 2005


They really think this way, don't they?

Malkin quotes a reader e-mail on the subject of the anniversary of Flight 103. An anniversary worth remembering and mourning, definitely. But not like this:
Elitists, wackos, and academic nut jobs who cheer for the terrorists and screech against our involvement in the world will never figure it out. September 11 was not a lone act of violence perpetrated by Muslim extremists -- it wasn't the first, nor will it be the last as long as there are those among us who are willing to provide aid and comfort to those whose ultimate goal is to kill Americans.
"Against our involvement in the world"? This on a blog advocating the withdrawal of support from the US for the United Nations? For all its faults - and in one situation, at least, they appear to be extremely serious and in urgent need of attention - disengagement from the UN would be seen as wildly isolationist.

I mean, this just really hits all the talking points, doesn't it? "Aid and comfort"? "Elitists, wackos, and academic nut jobs"? "Cheer for the terrorists"?

My ass. I mean, really.

Update: Let's hear what a real tough-on-terror conservative has to say, shall we? I guess we lefties need to learn a few lessons, according to Joe L.
Our target was terror. Our mission was clear -- to strike at the network of radical groups affiliated with and funded by Osama bin Laden...the preeminent [terrorist leader] in the world today.

[Al Qaeda] comes from diverse places, but share a hatred for democracy, a fanatical glorification of violence, and a horrible distortion of their religion to justify the murder of innocents.

They have made the United States their adversary precisely because of what we stand for and what we stand against...

Their mission is murder. And their history is bloody...

America has battled terrorism for many years. Where possible, we've used law enforcement and diplomatic tools to wage the fight. The long arm of American law has reached out around the world and brought to trial those guilty of attacks in New York, in Virginia and in the Pacific.

We have quietly disrupted terrorist groups and foiled their plots. We have isolated countries that practice terrorism. We've worked to build an international coalition against terror. But there have been and will be times when law enforcement and diplomatic tools are simply not enough...

[I]n this day, no campaign for peace can succeed without a determination to fight terrorism. Let our actions today send this message loud and clear: There are no expendable American targets.

There will be no sanctuary for terrorists. We will defend our people, our interests and our values. We will help people of all faiths, in all parts of the world, who want to live free of fear and violence.

We will persist and we will prevail. Thank you, God bless you and may God bless our country.
Hell yeah! Now that's leadership! Now that's a President who understands that this is a war that began long before September 11th! That's a President who'll get past these obstructionist Democrats and really get the job done!

Have I telegraphed this enough yet?

(Oh, and by the way - I still don't agree with the above-described policy. But the point is, a concern about terrorism didn't begin with George W. Bush.)