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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
  After 20 Months, 9/11 Commission Still Can't Connect the Dots
With the final release of 9/11 commissions' 600 page report, it is clear that a lot of time and money has been spent for nothing. The report consists of a number of criticisms of government policy, as well as pointing out around 10 "missed" opportunities to stop the attacks. That there were missed opportunities in hindsight is of no surprise to anyone. Hindsight is 20/20, after all. The problem here is the 9/11 commission (and most Americans) can't see the forest for the trees. The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 is not the sickness we need to understand - it is merely a symptom of a much more virulent and destructive illness.

If a doctor were to diagnose someone with a malignant tumor, we would consider the person foolhardy at best to refuse to have it excised and treated. But we would consider that person downright irrational if he were then to have the gall to hold the doctor responsible for predicting and stopping that tumor from spreading. Yet this is the very attitude present in the 9/11 commission and in many Americans. What must be understood is that people don't just fly airplanes into buildings, hoping to kill tens of thousands of peaceful people. There is a reason for such behavior, and that reason is their philosophy and moral code. In this case, the philosophy is Militant Islam, and the terrorism it engenders. Until we see that Militant Islam is an ideology which loathes and reviles the virtues of the United States (reason, science, freedom, progress), we will be plagued by terrorist attacks. The "cancer" that the 9/11 commission is blatantly ignoring is the terrorists (and the nations supporting them, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia) who have a passionate desire to crush civilization into dust.

The notion that the government can protect us from terrorists, without hunting them down and killing them, is a joke. The kind of omniscience needed to prevent the innumerable possible attacks does not exist and can not exist. And it is foolhardy to believe that we are safer from terrorist attacks today than we were on 9/11. As proof, consider the following: Do you know what you should do if there is a biological/chemical/nuclear weapon set off in your city? Where would you go? What would you do if you were exposed? Don't feel stupid - I don't have those answers either. But I do know one thing - we are all safer with those terrorists who threaten us dead than with them alive.

As an example of the proper tactics to be employed, consider Israel's response to terrorism. In 1972, Palestinian terrorist group Black September kidnapped the Israeli Olymptic team, all of whom were subsequently killed. Five of the terrorists were killed that day, but others still lived. What did Israel do? It launched "Operation Wrath of God" (I'm an atheist, but I love that name), and over the next 20 years hunted down and brutally killed each member of that group. For further details read Simon Reeve's excellent book One Day in September. You can purchase it at Amazon.com.

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