What have we learned in the 10 years since Islamic terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Several lessons spring to mind:
1. There is nothing President George W. Bush could have done to prevent terrorist acts in his first eight months in office, of which his post-9/11 critics would have approved. Even after 9/11, liberals have loudly disapproved of profiling at airports, surreptitiously monitoring terrorist communications, and fighting al-Qaeda militarily abroad. Imagine how they would have reacted if Bush had attempted any of these strategies pre-9/11.
2. Poverty does not cause terrorism; it is both unnecessary and insufficient to the task. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up Northwest Flight 253, was the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker. American Taliban John Walker Lindh went to high school at a “California Distinguished School” in SoCal. In contrast, poor people the world over—rice farmers in China, untouchables in India—do not rise up en masse to wreak havoc in suicide bombings. Modern-day terrorism is caused by individuals’ adherence to an ideology that encourages terrorist acts against innocent civilians—an ideology that usually happens to be Islamist. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all modern-day terrorists are Muslims.
3. Liberals have amassed a formidable glossary of imprecations they invoke whenever commentators scrutinize the radical nature of Islam: alienating Muslims, being at war with Islam, being Islamophobic, demonizing the other, engaging in inflammatory rhetoric, hijacking a peaceful religion, singling out people because of their religion. None of these terms is objective enough to mean anything. read more »