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IN THE SHADOW OF 9/11,
THE TERRORISTS WERE HALF RIGHT
Sept. 11, 2005
The time has come for America to face the grim reality that
international terrorists and Osama bin Laden may understand our society
far better than we ever gave them credit. Perhaps even better than
In the aftermath of 9/11, we looked back on Osama bin Laden’s,
“Declaration of War Against the Americans for Occupying the Land of Two
Holy Places,” as the ranting of a mad man. We ridiculed bin Laden’s
assumptions that America could not defeat him because we were a soft,
decadent, society that lacked the resolve to fight a protracted conflict
against a small but dedicated foe. We viewed Bin Laden’s statements
that, “The extent of your impotence and weakness became very clear,” in
the wake of our withdrawal from Somalia, and Clinton’s appearing “in
front of the whole world promising revenge, but these threats were
merely a preparation for withdrawal,” as a fatal miscalculation. This
was New York City, not Mogadishu.
Bin Laden had hit America at home. Regular Americans who had gone to
work with no stresses other than being on time for the 9 am meeting and
where to go for lunch, ended their mornings by jumping to their deaths
to escape the flames of the World Trade Center. We rationalized that Bin
Laden might have been right in the past, but that was when he was just
blowing up foreign embassies and American warships. Now, he had gone too
far and would face the full power of the United States and the American
people defending their own.
Four years later, we have to look back at Bin Laden saying, “Your
problem will be how to convince your troops to fight,” and realize that
he was half right.
America is not having a problem with convincing its troops to fight, but
convincing its politically liberal citizens to let them fight. The
initial resolve of the American left to stand up against international
terrorism has since faded into endless complaints of the War taking too
long, our inability to stop a group of psychopaths from killing innocent
civilians in accordance with an arbitrarily predetermined time table,
and raw hatred for the men and women in uniform fighting and dying to
The left’s disingenuous veneer of supporting the troops and protecting
American civilians has gradually flaked away to where we are today with
fringe groups protesting wounded American soldiers in their hospital
beds, and desecrating the memory of the victims of 9/11 by perverting
the memorial at the World Trade Center into a multicultural monstrosity.
This is what Bin Laden wants and has been expecting. From the beginning,
he knew all he had to do was hide in a cave, send out a propaganda video
every now and again, tap radical Islam’s seemingly endless supply of
lunatics willing to blow themselves up so they can get to their 70
virgins, and eventually the left would lose interest in the War, get
depressed that it was not quite easy enough for their weak stomachs, and
start destroying America from within.
Bin Laden was right about America as far as its leftist fringe is
concerned. They are decadent, they are soft, they are fickle, and they
are so disassociated with reality that they are willing to place the
safety of their fellow citizens at risk by basing policy on what they
want to be the truth rather than what is.
The left’s answer to any problem is to give up. If people refuse to live
a moral lifestyle or practice contraception, have abortion on demand, if
students cannot read, lower the standards, if people do not have the
skills to get good jobs, put them on welfare for life, and if your
enemies in a War decide to fight, surrender.
Luckily, America has another half. These are the Americans who won World
War II, the Cold War, and made America the richest, most powerful nation
in history. Resolve, perseverance, and determination are intrinsic to
their character and do not evaporate away like dust in the face of
adversity. They have formed the backbone of our nation from its
founding, and now they are all that is left holding it up.
Bin Laden is hoping the left continues its pattern of treating common
sense with sarcasm, distorting the truth for political gain, silencing
dissent with claims of insensitivity. This is his only hope of victory
over America. This is the only thing separating him from us.
© Justin Darr
Justin Darr is a freelance writer living in the Philadelphia area with
his wife and twin children. He can be read widely on the Internet and in
publications across North America and in Europe.
Justin Darr is a staff writer for The New Media Alliance, and proud
member of the MoveOff Network.