I’m guessing many of the GayPatriot moonbat parade will have a lot of praise for this piece in the LA Times on Sunday.
Was 9/11 really that bad? – David Bell
Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any insight?
Certainly, if we look at nothing but our enemies’ objectives, it is hard to see any indication of an overreaction. The people who attacked us in 2001 are indeed hate-filled fanatics who would like nothing better than to destroy this country. But desire is not the same thing as capacity, and although Islamist extremists can certainly do huge amounts of harm around the world, it is quite different to suggest that they can threaten the existence of the United States.
Unfortunately, Bell suffers from terrorist-apologetic delusions (a disease afflicting many in the American Left). Technology now allows a MUCH quicker bridge between “desire” and “capacity”. Bell ignores that fact. It is one of the many reasons Saddam had to go after 9/11, by the way.
Of course, the 9/11 attacks also conjured up the possibility of far deadlier attacks to come. But then, we were hardly ignorant of these threats before, as a glance at just about any thriller from the 1990s will testify. And despite the even more nightmarish fantasies of the post-9/11 era (e.g. the TV show “24’s” nuclear attack on Los Angeles), Islamist terrorists have not come close to deploying weapons other than knives, guns and conventional explosives. A war it may be, but does it really deserve comparison to World War II and its 50 million dead? Not every adversary is an apocalyptic threat.
No, but if the tyrants of our past had been stopped early on in their bloodthirsty careers instead of appeasing them, perhaps there never would have been 50 million dead in WWII. That is the whole point of pre-emption by Western democracies (the Bush Doctrine). Unfortunately, the “progressive liberals” have created moral equivalence between America and Islamic terror groups. Just a rehash of the 1960s, of course.
There are some great comments at Dean’s World about this piece, too.
The comparison to the Soviet Union is unbelievably asinine. That same country had only years before killed millions of its own people in forced famines. Sadly, this kind of idiocy is pretty much par for the course. Half the world sees 9/11 as our Reichstag fire.
The guy’s right: we should wait until we’ve racked up massive civilian casualties before we take action. That’s much better than proactively preventing casualties. Better to wait until our enemies can threaten us than to stop them before. Sheesh. What a maroon…
So have at it, gang!