Irresponsible comments from the left
So now the far-left loons in the media are saying there really isn’t an organized terror threat in the world and this whole war on terror deal is a hype job. That must come as great comfort to the thousands of families who lost loved ones on 9/11. They must really appreciate the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorializing: “After nearly six years of hearing the Bush administration make assertions about the war on terrorism that turn out — to put it kindly — overblown [. . .]”
I’m just wondering how “overblown” the terror war is for the five thousand individuals injured when al-Qaeda blew up two U.S. embassies in Africa, not to mention the 257 human beings who were murdered in that attack. But it might be hard to comprehend “overblown” when you’re dead.
The nutty professor Paul Krugman, who teaches at Princeton and writes op-ed lunacy for The New York Times, is also on the diminish-terror bandwagon. This is from his desk: “There isn’t any such thing as Islamofascism — it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination.”
That’s like saying there is no such thing as stupidity, right, professor?
Maybe we should ask the families of the 40 dead and 300 injured in the London subway bombings, or the friends of the 202 dead in the Bali, Indonesia, attack on a Kuta Beach nightclub to comment on Krugman’s opinion. I believe they might have some reaction.
And how about Professor Paul Campos, who teaches at the University of Colorado, still the home of Ward Churchill? Mr. Campos wrote in the Rocky Mountain News: “(Conservatives) have helped create a fear of terrorism out of all proportion to the actual threat terrorism poses.”
Let’s run that by the 1,500 human beings hurt in the Madrid train bombing. Unfortunately, the 197 people killed in that al Qaeda attack are not available to comment.
The hits just keep on coming in the liberal media. Gen. Wesley Clark, a commentator on NBC News, says that Osama bin Laden is not an “existential” threat to America. The general believes that the terrorist and his crew could not destroy the entire nation. Just some of us. Swell. The reason the committed left media is putting out this nonsense is politics. The biggest strength on the Republican side this presidential season is fighting terrorism. All of the Democratic candidates are perceived to be soft in this area because they do not support specific anti-terror measures and are scared stiff by the far-left Internet smear merchants who believe worldwide terrorism is America’s fault.
This is no ideological game here. All over the world, thousands are dead and maimed because Muslim killers believe they can attack civilians at will and the west is too weak to stop them.
Judging by what is passing for editorial comment these days, bin Laden and his cutthroats may be right. Differences in opinion over how to fight terrorism are legitimate and necessary. But downgrading the lethal threat is irresponsible in the extreme.
Bill O’Reilly is a nationally syndicated columnist.