9/11 -- A YEAR LATER
In a few days we will pay homage to those who lost their lives in New York,
Washington, DC, and elsewhere. While I certainly agree that such remembrances
are appropriate, I am concerned that hard questions will not be asked and the
focus will not be placed where it belongs.
First, who has been punished for these murders? Second, what do we do to
minimize similar events in the future? Third, our “allies” have shown
their true nature by either their lukewarm or non-support of our efforts. Why
then do we support them financially and why do we build bases in their
countries and stock troops and equipment there? Fourth, I’m about as fed up as
I can get with Congress as a whole and the Democrats specifically. They rely
upon the fact the American people are both greedy and stupid and have bought
into their lie that they are the loyal opposition – they are neither. Have
people forgotten that shortly after 9/11 Congress passed a resolution giving
the President whatever he needed to prosecute this “War on Terrorism?” Why then
is there any need to discuss attacking Iraq or anywhere else?
Getting the UN’s approval is even a bigger mistake. If we are truly the world’s
only super power why are we even bothering to talk to people who hate us and in
many instances cheered the events of 9/11? We should pay them no more attention
than an elephant should a flea. While I’m hardly a follower of the John Birch
Society we ought to kick the UN out of the US, rebuild the Twin Towers on their
original site and build a memorial park where the UN used to be.
Yes, some minor players have been killed or captured, but do we really think
this was done without the help of a nation state? Why were troops of unknown
loyalty allowed to play a critical role in Tora Bora. Would bin Laden have
escaped if the Seals or Delta been there? Frankly, I think we ought to attack
Iraq as soon as possible. While that's going on we ought to negotiate an oil
deal with the Russians, drill in Alaska, and pull our troops, planes, and other
equipment out of Saudi Arabia, and destroy our bases there. After Iraq, we
ought to bring democracy to the Saudi people. I find it a lot more than mere
coincidence that so many 9/11 players were Saudi.
Then we need to bring democracy to North Korea. The President has identified it
as part of an “Axis of Evil.” Why then haven’t we thrown a naval blockade
around it and let it be known to the people of both Koreas that we would
support any overthrow of the Communist dictatorship. Iran can then be told
after a global show of force by us that they can either change or cease to
exist. If our cause is just and we are the World’s only super power why are we
worrying about what a bunch of dictators or terrorists think?
The only way to deal with a bully is to convince him we’re not going to back
down. Any country that wants to praise the murderers of 9/11 or criticize our
actions can find themselves the target of our economic and military power.
Where free and democratic governments do not exist we need to use our might to
make freedom a reality. Leaders who deny their people freedom should find
themselves a target of the United States. Foreign aid should be ended and those
funds used to fix things here.
The British are the only ones besides the Israeli’s to enthusiastically support
us. Such loyalty should be rewarded. The Palestinians seem to think the murder
of civilians is justified. I don’t know about anyone else but that's my
definition of terrorism. Either they stop this murder or we’ll occupy the West
Bank and give it back to Israel.
The President should force the Democrats hand before the fall elections. Make
the evidence against Iraq public and if the Democrats won’t support a
declaration of war against Iraq brand them the traitors they are. Don’t let the
American people forget such duplicity and make sure we give the President a
Congress that will wage a global war on terror.
I lost 14 friends on 9/11. They had families, friends, and dreams. Yet they
rushed into the second tower after the first one collapsed. They paused only to
write their social security number of their bodies because they knew the
chances of getting out alive were slight but they went anyway. How could any
terrorist be so stupid as to think they could defeat a nation where common men
and women display such valor. We have a sacred responsibility to all those that
died to crush terrorism and tyranny everywhere in the world-that should be
their memorial, not a structure of stone and steel.
On 9/11 I will not watch any of the memorials on television. I will complete my
work day as a contract instructional designer for a federal agency that is a
tier one terrorist target. I’ll then drive home, change into a suit and go to
the Mormon Temple here in Albuquerque and in a very special way pray for those
who’ve died and ask God to comfort their loved ones.
Copyright © 2002 StoppingPower.net. No re-distribution without permission.
READ ALL OF EVAN'S COMMENTARIES:
Evan's Current Commentary
Russian School Attack Update
COLOR + COVER = SURVIVAL
TRAINING VS. CERTIFICATE COLLECTION
9/11 -- A Year Later
The Dangers in Intervention
Spitting Into The Wind
Progress & Criticism
Lessons From Littleton
Street Stoppers II