Editorial: The Case for War, Pamela Geller
Printed in the Nassau Herald 10/29/2004
Someone tell Randi Kreiss: if she's a devoted Kerry/Edwards supporter, there's still time. Her loyalty to the Democratic party is admirable, but not when it's party before country. Her contention that our commander in chief is waging war in a foreign land naively defies logic. The war was waged here as thousands of our brothers and sisters vaporized into the very air we breathed on 9/11. President Bush took the war where it belonged...to the heart of the Middle East. While many countries sponsored terrorism, Saddam's Iraq was the most flagrant. Twelve years flouting sanctions alone would have legitimized the war, but Saddam was paying off families of suicide bombers. He was bankrolling the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine through the UN oil-for-food program. The man was using our taxpayer money to bomb innocents! He gave Abu Nidal, infamous Palestinian terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds, safe harbor for decades protecting the grisly executioner of wheelchair-bound American Leon Klinghoffer. What in the world does she think was going on at Salmon Pac?
Radical Islamist terrorist organizations are connected. Changing their names shouldn't get us off their stench. Iraq is precisely where the war should be taking place, not at La Grenouille. When I hear Democrats lamenting all the terrorists are flooding into Iraq, I say "Hallelujah!" Let's draw them out of their caves and spiderholes and kill them before they come after our kids here. We have a president who iced out the greatest terrorist of all, Yasser Arafat, who cut his teeth in 1972 with his bloodlust and murder of 11 Israeli athletes. When Bush stopped the ridiculous moral equivalency in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed Sharon and the security fence, terrorist attacks markedly decreased. Kerry doesn't have the conviction nor the will for such action. That's probably why 60% of Israelis want Bush elected and Arafat wants Kerry to win.The French and Germans want Kerry too, but it was their enormous payoffs via the oil-for-food program that fueled their refusal. They conspired against us so that they might continue to suck the blood of the Iraqi poor. They’re really not our friends nor that of the Iraqi people. Ms. Kreiss should take note: when terrorists, Arafat, the French, the Germans, those opposing us at the UN, and radical Islamist fascists the world over are all routing for Kerry, she should probably vote for the other candidate. I realize her loyalty to the Democratic party might be like religious fervor or a drug, but this one just might kill the organism.
The arguments of the left are becoming laughable. They focus on weapons of mass destruction. Saddam gassed his own people and was famous for his weapons programs. We're quibbling over exactly when this would become a danger again? This is the man who pledged all sorts of mayhem against us in speeches since the first Gulf War. With a history of having attacked four of his neighbors, shooting at us in the no-fly zone and flouting sanctions for years, we needed to take it seriously. Clinton, Kerry, and numerous other luminaries were convinced of the threat and publicly made us aware, but somehow Bush's belief is sinister? The intelligence failures occurred during the Clinton administration with Bush inheriting a weakened military, patchwork intelligence networks that did not share information a la the Gorelick memo and terrorist plans that were reaching their final stage. How do they compare Bush's eight months in office to Clinton's eight years of squandered prosperity, inaction on terrorism and missed opportunities to get Bin Laden? His administration's high point was suing Microsoft which led to a market collapse, anyone with a portfolio knows. After the 9/11 attack on our financial center, I wondered if the economy would ever recover, but Bush cut taxes, gave small business incentives and now we have a staggeringly low 5.4% unemployment rate. That's something that was wildly heralded during Clinton's time, but suddenly it’s a disaster under Bush. Also unimportant is the fact that Kerry has no appreciable record after twenty years in the Senate. Perhaps Ms. Kreiss isn't salvagable if she exchanges "flipflopping" with "intellectual growth". I would like to tell her that intellectual giants are often paralyzed into inaction and the spinally challenged Kerry is no one to trust with the current World War. The stakes are too high...it's good vs. evil. I submit to the readers that all heads should be removed from the sand and they must read between the lines of a biased media. Western civilization hangs in the balance.