Ten years ago, America was brutally attacked by an evil enemy, with the loss of 3,000 innocent lives. For a little while, the country came together to face an evil foe. But it wasn’t long before this consensus unravelled.
This makes a sad contrast between another vicious unprovoked attack—Pearl Harbor. In that far off case, in half the time, America had not only repelled the threat, but made sure it could never happen again. Yet, back then, America had the moral fiber and political will to do what it took to protect our people (see previous Patriot column Nuking Japan: a regrettable necessity).
Now however, in twice the time it took for us to win WW2, our enemy is still at large with little fear of the consequences. Sadly symbolic of this is the fact that there is still a hole in Ground Zero after 10 years—there is no excuse: in the middle of the Great Depression, the huge Empire State Building took only 18 months to build, and that was with 1930s technology.
The difference is that in the last few decades, this great country has been smothered in wimpy political correctness and government overreach.
Why did they attack us?
The fact that people even ask that question is offensive enough. It’s like asking what the Jews did to the Nazis to make them commit genocide against them. Yet this didn’t stop Obama’s Pastor Jeremiah Wright claiming that we got what we deserved—and Ron Paul saying something almost identical, as you can see from AlfonZo’s clip below:
Of course, such repugnant America-hatred ignores the fact that it was fanatical Islamists doing what fanatical Islamists have done ever since the founding of Islam: kill the infidel!
However, ever since 9-11, there has been a reluctance to name the enemy. It was rather tiresome seeing Presidents and generals praise Islam as a “religion of peace”, while never saying the same about Judeo-Christianity, the real religion of peace. We also were lectured about how the majority of Muslims are peaceful. But Walter Williams pointed out that the peaceful Muslim majority was just as irrelevant as the peaceful German and Japanese majority in WW2. Back then, fortunately, it didn’t enter into our war policy and interfere without our policy to root out all traces of Nazism and Japanese imperialism. Furthermore, Williams points out that this “peaceful Muslim majority” gives tacit approval for the terrorists by their deafening silence.
A year ago, I wrote a column Of mosque-building and Quran-burning: An exposure of leftist hypocrisy, about the double standards of the Left. One example was the reaction to an obscure pastor’s proposal to burn the Koran:
“We also see the total dishonesty of claims that Islam is a “Religion of Peace”—i.e. the claimants don’t really believe it. For example, even a fine military mind, Gen. David Petraeus, warned:
‘Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy, and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.’
It should go without saying that they would have nothing to fear from a real religion of peace, as Christianity is, and Islam is not.”
This political correctness has already cost many more lives after 9-11. For example, appeasers in the army and FBI deliberately overlooked the dangerous radicalism of Major Nidal Hasan, putting PC above safety. Of course, Hasan killed 13 service men and women and wounded over 40 others at Fort Hood. Mark Steyn points out the problem in his great new book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon:
“But the lessons of 9/11 were quickly buried under a mountain of relativist mush. Consider the now routine phenomenon by which any, um, unusual event is instantly ascribed to anyone other than the obvious suspects. When a huge car bomb came near to killing hundreds in Times Square, the first reaction of Michael Bloomberg, New York’s mayor, was to announce that the most likely culprit was ‘someone with a political agenda who doesn’t like the health care bill’ (that would be me, if his SWAT team’s at a loose end this weekend). When, inevitably, a young man called Faisal Shahzad was arrested a couple days later, Mayor Bloomberg’s next reaction was to hector his subjects that under no circumstances would the city tolerate ‘any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers’.” p. 164
In big government we trust
The main domestic response to the terrorist attack has been a huge abusive government bureaucracy: the TSA (Tyrants for Sexual Abuse). But this has been the same problem that has caused our country to suffer the Democrat Downgrade: when government fails big time, the remedy is more government! Mark Steyn’s article The high cost of cultural passivity, written in the week after 9-11, points out that the Federal Aviation Administration was largely to blame for allowing it to happen. It wasn’t just crack in the system, but a gaping hole. Even worse, the FAA rules enabled the terrorists, by enforcing unquestioned conformity to government procedures:
“The airline cabin is the most advanced model of the modern social-democratic state, the rarefied version of trends that, on the ground, progress more slowly. There is no smoking. There is 100% gun control. You are obliged by law to do everything the cabin crew tell you to do. If the stewardess is rude to you, tough. If you’re rude to her, there’ll be officers waiting to arrest you when you land. The justification for all this is a familiar one—that in return for surrendering individual liberties, we’ll all be collectively better off. That was the deal: Do as you’re told, and the FAA will look after you.”
Steyn shows that the terrorists exploited those very conditions:
“And so, on those Boston flights, everyone followed FAA guidelines: the cabin crew, the pilots, the passengers. There were four or five fellows with knives or box-cutters, outnumbered more than ten to one. If they’d tried to hold up that many people in a parking lot, they’d have been beaten to a pulp. But up in the air everyone swallowed the FAA’s assurance: Go along with them, be co-operative, the Feds know how to handle these things. I’m sure there were men and women in those seats thinking, well, there’s not very many of them and they don’t have any real weapons, maybe if some of us were to …
“But by the time they realized they were beyond the protection of the FAA it was too late. …We know now that the government wasn’t up there over upstate New York when Flight 11 doglegged and began homing in on Manhattan. … So the next time it happens, we can follow FAA guidelines—or we can say screw ‘em and their worthless assurances, and rush forward to overpower the fanatics, even if the FAA has seen to it we’ve nothing to charge them with except the rubber chicken.”
But what was our reaction to this? Why of course, to set up another bloated ‘incompetocracy’, the TSA. President Bush was the epitome of neo-Chamberlainite appeasement by appointing an embittered politically correct Democrat as its head: Norm Mineta. As usual with such appointees, they never moderate their liberalism in return; in contrast with the token Republican appointees of Dem-presidents who then act just like Democrats. Ann Coulter wrote a few years later in Arab Hijackers Now Eligible for Pre-Boarding:
“A few months later, after 19 Muslim men hijacked U.S. airplanes and turned them into Weapons of Mass Destruction on American soil, Mineta was a whirlwind of activity. On Sept. 21, as the remains of thousands of Americans lay smoldering at Ground Zero, Mineta fired off a letter to all U.S. airlines forbidding them from implementing the one security measure that would have prevented 9/11: subjecting Middle Eastern passengers to an added degree of pre-flight scrutiny. He sternly reminded the airlines that it was illegal to discriminate against passengers based on their race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion.
“Despite Mineta’s clearly worded letter immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and another follow-up letter in October, the Department of Transportation found that in the weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks carried out by Middle Eastern men, the airlines were targeting passengers who appeared to be Middle Eastern. To his horror, Mineta discovered that the airlines were using logic and deductive reasoning to safeguard their passengers—in direct violation of his just-issued guidelines on racial profiling!”
Now of course the TSA has turned airports into a police state where Constitutional protections are trampled on. See Mark Steyn on Hannity about TSA tyranny:
Yet all this doesn’t even work. The Atlantic Monthly pointed out in 2008:
“Airport security in America is a sham—“security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease.”
There is a better idea—surprisingly for a liberal coven as San Francisco, its airport has privatized security. John Stossel writes:
“By privatizing airport security, we can make the TSA more accountable. The government can fire a bad private security firm, but government never fires itself. Even the TSA knows that privatization works. Their own leaked study found that private security works at the ‘same level or better’ than TSA screeners. In one test, TSA employees at Los Angeles Airport missed 75% of explosives used by inspectors to test screeners. But San Francisco screeners, who work for a private company, missed only 20%. Ditch the TSA, and switch to a system that works.”
It makes sense to let the airlines themselves hire private security: no one more than them has the incentives to prevent a plane hijacking and loss of their aircraft and future business, but also to treat law-abiding passengers correctly.
Stop treading on eggshells about the villains. Know the enemy! Islamofascists were the bad guys, and we are the good guys. And a corollary to this: get rid of the TSA that treats all passengers as potential bad guys, and replace with private security screening that produces genuine safety not security theater.