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A few weeks ago, I speculated that we must be up to about 5,000 worldwide terrorist attacks since 9/11. I am here now to confess I was wrong...
The number is actually 10,067 (probably higher by the time I finish this column), found at thereligionofpeace website. Here is another link to the terrorist attacks carried out in only the last two months.
I don't know about the rest of you, but this seems like a real problem to me, as opposed to a mere bumper sticker. It's not a problem that George W. Bush caused either. He might have made our enemies mad by invading Afghanistan and Iraq (I'm certain he made the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Saddam mad), but they were already our enemies. He didn't create that. Islamic extremism was alive and well before Bush ever took office. The attacks on american interests were escalating all throughout the 90's, and I'm almost positive that 9/11 happened before we went into those aforementioned countries. For america, the active war on terrorism started on 9/11 - for the terrorists, it started long before.
In spite of over 10,000 terrorist attacks by radical Muslim extremists in 6 years, there is an inexplicable faction within the american left who says there is no such thing as Islamofascism, and who start foaming at the mouth whenever the term is used. For some reason, they think it's politically incorrect to call a spade a spade when referring to terrorists. Conservative speakers have been shouted down on american college campuses for talking about Islamofascism, which leaves me thinking that perhaps these leftist Islamist apologists should be called the Talibanettes. They act just like the Taliban and Al Qaeda do. They squash free speech and attempt to impose their beliefs on all. No dissension allowed. They hate when conservatives get all preachy and morally judgemental against terrorist mass murderers of the innocent, because the american Talibanettes know all this is america's fault. It has to be, because america is the real fascist, and all the other peoples of the world are oppressed by the Great Capitalist Satan (despite decades and decades of overwhelming evidence to the contrary). The Talibanettes know Bush and the neocon devils went to war for oil, even though the obvious fact that WE DIDN'T STEAL IRAQ'S OIL eludes them. Nothing as small as a fact can stand in the way of a zealot's beliefs. Maybe Bush's approval rating would be higher than 30% if he HAD stolen all Iraq's oil and we americans could buy gas for $1.50 per gallon instead of $3.19, but Bush didn't do that.
More than just the Talibanettes think that terrorism is no big deal. The Democratic presidential contenders hardly discuss it except in their ongoing debate over who will end the Iraq war the quickest (Hillary is excepted from this, but only when she is speaking to the VFW). To any incoming president who might not think terrorism is a real and serious issue, Dubya said he/she will, "learn differently when they get in there and hear the intelligence I hear." Speaking of Dubya, he also realizes the war against terrorism is going to be a long war. In a recent column by Kathleen Parker on the subject, Bush is quoted as saying:
"It's real important for the president to not be making moves based upon political calendars," he told me. "I really view this as a first chapter of a long struggle -- not the only chapter, not the last chapter, but the first chapter.
"And I've told our people, we're going to write it ... so that the next president will have an easier task of dealing with the threats. And that's why it's so important that we get the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) issue right, and that's why it's so important to get the detainee issue right, because presidents are going to need the information that comes from those programs in order to defend the homeland."
A lot of people don't want to hear that kind of talk. They want the war to be over. They want to concentrate on americans inside america, and they don't want to deal with extremists halfway around the world. The problem with that attitude is, you can't have peace when only one side declares peace. Both sides must declare it, and the terrorists won't just because we decide to go home. When they stop blowing up innocent people, or when they are all dead or imprisoned, then it will be over. How can it be any other way ? Until then, we can debate about how to fight them, but attempting to avoid fighting them, or even worse, attempting to demonize our own country for fighting them, is an attempt to avoid the elephant in the room.