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Jewish World Review
Dec. 28, 2009/ 11 Teves 5770
For many people, especially those on the left side of the aisle, there is nothing more disturbing than a reality which reveals the fraudulence of one's ideology. The latest terrorist wannabe, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is yet another proverbial poke in the eye with a sharp stick for the dewy-eyed among us. To wit:
Airport security is effective. Time-consuming, annoying, muddle-headed and oh-so politically correct? Absolutely. Effective? Abdulmutallab was one faulty fuse away from blowing a jetliner filled with three hundred passengers out of the sky. His "bomb?" A condom filled with an explosive compound sewn into his pants. Question: what airport security system is ready to start patting down peoples' genital areas? Answer: none. Al Qaeda one, airport security, zero.
Terrorist "watch lists" prevent possible suspects from boarding airplanes. Abdulmutallab's own father, the former economic minister of Nigeria, is reported to have warned the FBI about his son's extreme viewssix months ago. According to Fox News Abdulmutallab was "on U.S. officials' radar for years," but was never considered a "sufficient threat to keep him from flying."
The FBI is an effective organization. See above.
A Congressional investigation will get to the bottom of things. Anyone remember the 9/11 Commission, which was mandated to come up with recommendations for "preventing future attacks?" Does the saying "talk is cheap" come to mind?
Terrorism is the result of economic deprivation. Like Osama Bin Laden before him, Abdulmutallab was born into a family of wealth and privilege. He was educated at one of Britain's leading universities and lived in a two thousand-plus dollars-a-month apartment. And just like Bin Laden before himalong with countless other economically privileged terror mastermindsnone of it mattered a whit.
Islam is a "religion of peace." Only in the fevered minds of those who refuse to see what's happening all over the world right under their collective noses. The overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks around the globe are perpetrated by Muslim terroristsand have been for years. The overwhelming majority of Muslims are fence-sitters waiting to see which society, Western democracy or Islamic totalitarianism, emerges as the "strongest horse." Everything else is politically correct nonsense perpetrated by Muslim apologist organizations such as CAIR, along with Western intellectual elitists whose self-inflicted, multicultural, morally relative blindnessmixed in with a dollop of anti-Semitismmakes them impervious to reality.
The Obama administration takes terrorism seriously. Sure they do. That's why they'll try the 9/11 masterminds in civil court where those thugs will have an international platform to spew their anti-Americanism. That's why they'll close Guantanamo Bay and move hardened terrorists to a prison in Illinois. And, in a insult to every American who believes that Iran is the nexus of international terror, that's why they'll refuse to "meddle" with a regime killing its own citizens. Forget militarily. This president won't even offer words of encouragement to Iranians fightingand dyingfor freedom.
The mainstream media will report the facts truthfully and accurately. Sure they willwithout using the words "terrorist," "Islamic" or "Muslim" whenever they can avoid them. The Fort Hood massacre by Islamic terrorist Major Nidal Malik Hasan was the epitome of such willful denial. Perhaps they deserve some slack, however. It may be possible they're taking their cues from an administration which refers to the war on terror as an "overseas contingency operation" and a homicide bombing as a "man-caused disaster."
An attack as horrific as 9/11 could never happen again. Complete fantasy. Reality check: as long as some Americans consider every strategy to prevent terror used by the previous administration (much of which has been adopted by this administration) to be "an infringement of their rights;" as long as the media are willing to publish top-secret information designed to thwart terror; as long as we have despicable critters in Congress, such as Harry "the war is lost" Reid willing to give aid and comfort to the enemy; and as long as we conduct warfare with one hand tied behind our backs, the door remains wide open.
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