Every year, the sorrow comes back and also the anger. On 9/11, it was not Communists; it was not North Koreans, and it was not Lutherans who succeeded in murdering 3,000 of us. Hardly anyone says it anymore but it was Muslim fanatics who did it, with great deliberateness, with superb planning, with a remarkable economy of means and, finally, with much success. It was a gifted endeavor.
My orthodox libertarian friends can exhaust themselves all day and all night finding rational reasons for the sneak attack. The Islamist terrorists did it to satisfy their hatred. They did it for the simple reason that were are Christians, Jews, non-believers, or followers of the wrong brand of Islam, or followers of the right kind of Islam who are not fanatical enough. They thought they would inflict lasting economic damage on our thriving, free society where women never have to huddle under a long raincoat in 100-degree heat.
The assassins were the same people who firebomb at prayer time mosques filled with worshipers whose kind of Islam offends them, in addition to firebombing Christian churches, synagogues, and the occasional Hindu temple. And yes, we must keep in mind that the Muslim fanatics have murdered many more fellow-Muslims than they have Christians. That’s true although it’s difficult to comprehend the silence of rational Muslims with respect to Islamist terrorism. The violent jihadists are savages, enemies of humanity who must be kept under control by the determined use of force.
We are now preparing actively to lose the war in Afghanistan. We invaded that country because its government would not deliver the organizer of the 9/11 massacre, the same man who bragged about it not long afterwards. We invaded the country also to punish Bin Laden’s accomplices and to remove them from power. As happens more and more, we won the war brilliantly and a little cost to anyone except our enemies and then, we proceeded to lose the peace. We owned the country by right of conquest as a result of a just war we had won fair and square. We could have appointed any ruthless viceroy. Instead, under no obligation to do so, we played a nation-building game we couldn’t win because we don’t have the collective perseverance the game requires. We installed a faithless, cowardly, devious man with a rapacious entourage and little local political support, a man who can’t wait to betray us.
As we turn tail, the same Taliban we trounced under the very same leader that heads it now, Mullah Omar, is going to return. Soon, Afghan women will die again from common illnesses because there are not enough female doctors to examine them. At the same time, girls’ schools will be closed down, ensuring an increasing dearth of female doctors in the next generation. There is no reproductive paradox involved there for the Taliban. The Koran allows, indeed it encourages the rape and impregnation of captured enemy women. Soon also, we will see again the execution of adulterous women in public stadiums during the half-time of soccer games. (Incidentally, by the standards of Sharia, nearly all women in Santa Cruz, California are adulterous and therefore deserving of execution.)
As we leave through the back door, carrying the coffins of the last Americans to die from betrayal by our allies, many brutal opportunists will be watching us go. Our lack of constancy in the relatively minor issue of Afghanistan will be sowing the seed of future military adventures against us. The Chinese, in particular,who know us little more than we know them in particular are watching our every step backward. I fear that this demonstration of fickleness promises a war of major proportions to our children. Shame on us!