When, just before bed Wednesday night, I first read about the thwarting of the latest terror plot against Western civilians, I had hoped to do a quick post, but was so numbed by the news I wasn’t quite sure what to say. While I noted that the initial MSM reports failed to include the nationality or religion of the bombers, The Malcontent‘s Robbie alerted me to Ace’s post making that very point — in a quite clever way.
During the past two days, as I read more about the plot — and learned how British, Pakistani and American investigators uncovered it, I realized how significant a victory this was in the War on Terror. I became increasingly optimistic about our eventual success in this ongoing conflict as I became aware of the cooperation of the government of a Muslim nation, Pakistan, and when I found out that the “original information about the plan came from the Muslim community in Britain.”
Many Muslims are as committed to defeating Islamofascism as are those in the West. And we know that that term Islamofascism defines only a segment of the Muslim world.
While the bulk of the credit for the success in thwarting this diabolical plot goes to our friends across the pond, American officials played a key role in uncovering it. According to Time magazine, “U.S. intelligence provided London authorities with intercepts of the [terror] group’s communications.” This is thus yet another success for the Bush Administration in the War on Terror.
And it’s not just the assistance Americans provided the Brits as they unraveled this plot, it’s that the policies the Brits used to uncover it are similar to many the Administration has put into practice since 9/11.
Given the reaction of the president’s critics, including the Senate Democratic leader, you’d think the Administration has somehow suffered a tremendous setback. Just one day after this victory in the War on Terror, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said, “Five years after 9-11, it is clear that our misguided policies are making America more hated in the world and making the war on terrorism harder to win.”
Instead of praising the Administration for its part in this success, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid lashed out against the war in Iraq, claiming it “diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists.“
If Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats, like Kennedy, were decent human beings, they would acknowledge this success and praise the president for his part in it. They would make clear that all Americans stand united in uncovering such plots and in defeating terrorism. Yet, for them, the primary issue does not seem to be promoting America’s security, rather it’s attacking President Bush. They seem bent on using everything, even his successes, against him.