August 29, 2007
Testing Congress: Tone DeafBy Michael J. O'Shea
At least twice Al Qaeda leaders massed in Afghanistan but weren't taken out, loss of innocent lives the concern. Now Iraq: Al Qaeda elites ganged with Iraqi terrorists, but Congress says, Halt.
Snipers: target Al Qaeda and it alone. Suddenly innocent Saddamists: kill at will. Their consciences clear, Congressional leaders can howl at more important matters such as Michael Vick.
And they still don't see, still don't hear: despite Rwanda's horrors, Hutus and Tutsis were not in the export business. Al Qaeda is, and business is good.
That's what Congress's own Research Service noted two years ago, writing that, since September 11, 2001,
Serious Congressmen would recall the Service then stated in 2005:
Serious Congressmen would remember the Service immediately added:
"prior to the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein": serious Congressmen - those with ears to hear - wouldn't miss that; deaf ones did.
For deaf Congressmen, a lot is hooey, even when it's from their own Research Service:
"Al Qaeda affiliates," "active," "offshoot" - in Iraq before the US set foot in Iraq - then
and deaf Congressmen want to flush Iraq to fritter with Al Qaeda anywhere except Iraq.
Such as Somalia? Al Qaeda went because US troops did. Troops left, Al Qaeda stayed. And how has Somalia fared since?
Yemen? The US went, Al Qaeda went - killing 17 sailors on the USS Cole: because America was there.
Jordan? The Research Service noted:
1999: before George W., before Iraq.
1995: before Iraq. Five Americans dead, troops then withdrawn, but that didn't stop Al Qaeda.
Saudi Arabia and its oil would be safe from Al Qaeda with US troops oceans away, troops would be safe if sent?
Afghanistan? Which one? As it is now? Or as it could have been had America not toppled Saddam?
The 9/11 Commission:
"Friendly contacts"; "both sides' hatred of the United States." Before Iraq.
Would Bin Laden then still be "apparently judging that his circumstances in Afghanistan remained more favorable than the Iraqi alternative"?
Saddam plus Osama minus sanctions plus WMD being rebuilt: who would oppose them then? How much further along would Iran's nuclear program be to offset Saddam? How advanced would Libya's WMD be?
Al Qaeda fled to Pakistan - but Musharraf is now resolved to drive it out.
Deaf Congressmen are also too busy perusing polls to ask: Were Al Qaeda not involved, Iran not involved, Syria not involved, what would Iraq be like now?
They mock the thought of Iraqis feeling liberated; but they weren't there. David Petraeus was:
Those Saddamists - Fedayeen, Mukhabarat, Special Republican Guards - long for days now passed, while Al Qaeda longs for days not that blissful.
Does Al Qaeda control Saddamists? Does it matter? Does Iran control terrorist Shia militias? Does it matter? Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Lucchese, Colombo: within the Mafia, target only capos or the capo di tutti i capi, and leave hit men free to kill? Terrorists' business is terror, no matter the family brand, and their market, sooner rather than later, is the world itself.
But the Mafia was benign compared to Al Qaeda, Saddamists, Shia extremists. Mafiosi wanted their country to prosper so they could leech. Saddamists want tyranny as Saddam enjoyed, Al Qaeda wants castration so a seventh century caliphate can reign, Shia extremists lust to slay the Great Satan - the US - and its Israeli ally. Then they could teach what remains of the West what "Blood for Oil" really means.
Yet Al Qaeda is only 10% or so of Iraq's terrorists, some Congressmen say, so its impact is small. They forget Virginia Tech's Cho Seung Hui, Charles Manson, Hitler, Stalin: diminutive all, devastation huge.
Cho was a loner. Jihadists are not. And Cho was a gnat compared to jihadists: a single suicide bomber - in a split-second blast - can kill, has killed, will continue to kill - more than Cho did in hours. Cho sought publicity, possibly spawning copycats. Jihadists seek publicity, deliberately recruiting clones - sanctioned by God Himself to slaughter. And the only power of earth to stop them is deadly force.
General John Abizaid:
Deaf Congressmen are too busy polling to hear. Music to jihadists' ears.
If music were allowed.