Glasgow has been burned. Londonistan almost joined them…again. Bali has been leveled, Madrid sent adrift, and the Holy City of New York has its version of the Acropolis, against the wishes of 3000 innocent victims. As for Israel, what New York calls 9/11, Israel refers to as Tuesday…and Wednesday…and Thursday.
Yet San Francisco style anti-war protesters want us to pull out of Iraq, end all war, and stop imposing American imperialism on a world that just wants to be left alone to live in peace. Until San Francisco is bombed, they will not understand…anything.
I want to make it crystal clear that I am not wishing San Francisco get firebombed. It would not be fair to the 12 to 14 republicans who would be collateral damage. More importantly, I fiercely disagree with liberals, but I do not want them to die. I think they are hopelessly misguided, but the reason I want to defeat their world view is because I want them to live…and I want to be alive myself. I try to defeat their world view so that they can live in peace. Wrong and free and alive is better than wrong and dead.
However, I am out of ways to try and convince the left that World War III is upon us. Nobody wanted this fight. The left sees “neocons” as guys who sit up at night having slumber parties, telling ghost stories, and planning how to defeat the bogeymen hiding under the bed. What the neocons represent are people who see that in this case the bogeymen are real, and we fight them because they want to fight.
As Tony Blair brilliantly explained, terrorist attacks took place in the United States long before George W. Bush ever took office. 9/11 was years in the planning. As Rudy Giuliani crystallized in one of the best speeches of my lifetime (at the 2004 republican convention), terrorism has been going on unchecked since the 1970s, when, according to my calculations, George W. Bush was in college.
I may use humor, occasionally moderately effectively, but these issues are life and death matters. A liberal is often described as a conservative that has yet to be mugged. Well San Francisco cannot understand what London and Glasgow are experiencing. They cannot grasp Madrid or Bali. Living in the same nation as New York City does not mean they get it. It is an unimaginable horror, in the same way many cities in the world that have never had an Earthquake cannot understand what San Francisco went through in 1989.
The difference is Earthquakes are acts of God, and unpreventable. We can prepare for them, but not stop them. Terrorist attacks are continued by mortals. They may act in the name of a flawed concept of God, but they are not God. All mortals are exactly that…mortal. Yes, there are a lot of terrorists, but the answer is to go after every single one of them. As President Bush rightly stated, it includes those who harbor them as well.
Pulling out of Iraq is immoral, but liberals will debate that. It is dangerous, and that should be beyond rational dispute. It will not stop the terrorists. Terrorists stop when they are killed. They cannot be reasoned with. They do not value money. They are willing to die for their beliefs, leaving negotiation as an impossibility. When one does not value human life, they cannot be blackmailed. They have nothing to lose.
The left has to understand that George W. Bush, whatever they think of him, does not return their vitriol. He does not want them to die. He wants all Americans to live freely and peacefully, because that is his job. If San Francisco was bombed, the President would be horrified. This is because he understands his opponents are human beings. The enemy are the terrorists.
Dick Cheney and the neocons are not the bad guys. The bad guys are Osama, Saddam, Hamas, Hezbollah, Armageddonijad, Assad, etc. They want to kill us. They tell us this. They then go out and carry out their promises.
The American left needs to force itself to understand that peace cannot be declared unilaterally. The left can cut off funds for the Iraq War, but they cannot cut off funds for the terrorists. They cannot make the terrorists stop fighting. Self defense killing is not murder. The President has an obligation to protect America, and yes, that means in today’s global world, that fight extends beyond America’s physical parameters.
I want to live in a world where San Francisco liberals have a right to protest loudly and proudly. However, the world will not be safe if their words turn into political actions. Those actions could lead to short term political gain, such as a Presidential victory in an election. However, it will lead to massive defeats in the forms of dead human beings if our cities get firebombed. It happened in New York City. This is not hypothetical theory up for debate, such as global warming or embryonic stem cell research. This is a horror that has already happened. It is still happening, in front of our eyes. Those eyes must remain wide open, with the ability to avert those eyes as dead as the 3000 American innocents of September 11th, 2001.
I asked scholar Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum, one of the world’s foremost experts on radical Islam, what it would take to get Hollywood liberals like Barbra Streisand to understand the struggle we face. Mr. Pipes, not one for sugarcoating the matter, calmly replied “more deaths…many more deaths on a massive scale.”
I will again emphasize that I do not want this. I am also willing to concede that liberals do not want American cities to get firebombed. I do not think that they hate America. Some of them do not even hate republicans, although they do for the most part despise conservatives and President Bush. This is tragic, because hatred is a poison that destroys the insides of those who proffer it and receive it.
I do not despise the left. I do believe that their solutions are fundamentally flawed, because they require behavior patters that our true enemies simply refuse to engage in. Their ideals are fine. They are just unenforceable. We can prevent America from ever going to war again, but we cannot make the Islamists adopt a peaceful stance. They want to kill us, and we have to vigorously defend ourselves.
What would make the world safer is if leftists from San Francisco and Seattle to Boston would take the rage they currently have directed at George W. Bush, timber companies, oil companies, fur coat manufacturers, and drug companies that test on animals, and redirect it towards terrorists.
They need to hate terrorists with a burning passion. Burning is what is happening now. Cities around the world are on fire. Fighting fire with fire is truer today than ever.
I pray for world peace, but am prepared for all out war. World War III is happening now. We did not ask for it, but we can only make it go away by winning. If we lose, we all die. I pray that San Francisco liberals eventually find a way to love their own city more than they hate conservative republicans.
We need to let liberal democrats speak loudly, but never implement their solutions. Conservative republicans are prepared for the necessary evil of war, and pray that liberals will join us in the fight to save all of our lives.