Today’s Appeasers Think We Are Creating More Terrorists than We’re Killing

During his recent testimony1 to and questioning by Congress, General Petraeus was asked a question that really bothered me. The line of thinking embedded in this question has been bothering me for some time. Howard L. Berman, a Democrat from California’s 28th District, asked the following question about the Iraq war: “Are We Creating More Terrorists than We’re Killing?”

To promote the idea that the United States is “creating terrorists” is absurd and irresponsible. I can hardly tell you how angry it makes me that people think that by standing up against evil, you create more evil. I completely disagree with the premise of Representative Berman’s question, but even if it was true, what would the Democrats have us do? Apologize to the terrorists for making them mad and beg them to not terrorize us anymore?

As crazy as this Democrat line of thinking is, it is given ample attention throughout the media. Here are a few examples:
-“You don’t know if you are actually capturing and killing more terrorists than are being recruited” Nick Childs of the BBC
-“Democrats argue that staying in Iraq increases the threat to the United States, because it generates resentment, and it helps recruit more terrorists.” CNN’s Bill Schneider
-“Are we creating more terrorists than we’re killing?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Not once did any of the “objective” reporters above explore the absurdity of this line of thinking. Now I will admit, like the White House, that “the ongoing fight for freedom in Iraq has been twisted by terrorist propaganda as a rallying cry.” But no doubt the US’s entrance into WWII served as a rallying cry in German to recruit more Nazi’s. That in no way means we shouldn’t have entered WWII and this fact certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be fighting the terrorists in Iraq and around the world.

I’d like to ask Representative Berman and the rest of the anti-war Democrats…
-By fighting the Nazis in WWII, were we creating more Nazis?
-By fighting the Japanese Empire, were we creating more Kamikazes?
-By resisting communists around the globe during the cold war, were we creating more communists?
-By arresting and jailing murderers in our cities, are we creating more murderers?
-By prosecuting rapists in our communities, are we creating more rapists?
-By standing up to a schoolyard bully, are you creating more schoolyard bullies?

A the heart of this Creating More Terrorists than We’re Killing thinking is a policy of appeasement. The world, in vain, tried to appease Nazi Germany, thinking Hitler would be satisfied with gaining control of parts of Central Europe and then leave the rest of Europe alone. That was a foolish policy then and it is a foolish policy today. The terrorists will not just go away if we leave them alone and retreat from Iraq. The terrorists organizations we are battling have carried out countless unprovoked and unwarranted acts of death and violence against innocent people, and they must be defeated.

Yes, there is a cost to standing up to a bully. But that cost is far less than the cost of letting that bully go unchecked.2

1. Highlights from General Petraeus’ Testimony to Congress:
“the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure, being met.”
“the overall number of security incidents in Iraq has declined in 8 of the past 12 weeks”
“We have also disrupted Shia militia extremists, capturing the head and numerous other leaders of the Iranian-supported Special Groups”
“Coalition and Iraqi operations have helped reduce ethno-sectarian violence, as well, bringing down the number of ethno-sectarian deaths substantially”
“The number of overall civilian deaths has also declined during this period (the surge)”
http://www.politico.com/pdf/PPM43_general_petraeus_testimony_10_september2007.pdf

2. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, “You know, when you grow up in a neighborhood, if there’s a bully, people do one of two things: Some people turn their head, when the bully is beating up on somebody and pretend it isn’t happening and say, “Gee, if I don’t notice it, if I don’t get involved, I’ll be safe.” And of course, you aren’t safe because, ultimately, the bully finishes with that person and comes after you. And it seems to me that that history is replete with instances where believing that you can feed the alligator, hoping it eats you last, doesn’t work…It should not be a surprise today that there’s still remnants of that (Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi) regime that would like to take it back. They had a very good thing. They could go around killing tens of thousands of people and piling them in mass graves. They could torture people and have rape rooms and the world would turn their head from that and let it happen. But they can’t do that anymore. The 25 million people in Iraq are free and they just developed a new constitution and they’re now fashioning a way forward for a democracy of some sort. It’ll be an Iraqi democracy, not an American or a French or a German or a British democracy, but it’ll be something that will give rights to the women for the first time in a long time. It’ll give rights to the ethnic minorities and religious minorities and that’s a good thing.”
http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=2326

What Clifford Teaches Us About Liberals View of the War on Terror

I was watching Clifford the Big Red Dog with my daughter recently and I was abhorred by the message it was teaching. Briefly, the episode was about Clifford going to a county fair, and someone had made a giant cookie as part of some cooking competition. Clifford, upon smelling the cookie, snuck into a tent and ate the whole thing. At first the chef was appalled, but he soon convinced himself that the temptation was too great and Clifford couldn’t help eating the cookie.

What?! This is the message PBS is sending to my daughter: ‘If you sneak cookies from the cookie jar, it’s not your fault, the temptation was too great.’ They couldn’t have it more backwards. They’re calling bad behavior good and good behavior bad.

With that kind of backwards logic being fed to our kids, it’s no wonder some of them grow up thinking it’s the United States’ fault the terrorists hate us. Of course, if you look at the source of this cartoon, liberal democrats at PBS mixed with Hollywood type entertainers, you’ll see why this backwards way of thinking is being imposed on our children. It’s those same liberal democrats and the Hollywood types that are telling us that the US is the bad guy in the war on terror. The terrorists can’t be blamed for hating us because the United States is such a big bad bully.

As backwards as this thinking is, let me give you just of few examples:

  • Senator John Kerry, on CBS Face the Nation in 2005, accused American soldiers of being terrorists and “going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children.” (source)
  • In 2004, Senator Edward M. Kennedy said “Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management.” (source) In 2005, Senator Kennedy continued to denounce the “American occupation” of Iraq and said that “our very presence (is) creating new enemies.” Kennedy furthers claims that “President Bush broke Iraq.”(source)
  • Gary Coleman, formerly of the Different Strokes TV show, was interviewed by Sean Hannity lately. Coleman told Hannity that the terrorists would leave us alone if we would just “stop picking on them,” and that if we “just ignore them, they will go away.”
  • ABC willing spews Taliban propganda, “These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places,” a Taliban leader says. “Why shouldn’t we go after them?”
  • In a letter to the editor, this person, no doubt a member of the far left democrat party base, says maybe there’s a reason for anti-U.S. propaganda. We (the US) “occupy [their] cities with troops in the hundreds of thousands,” our “battleships patrol [their] waterways,” and our “fighter planes dominate [their] skies.”
  • The underlying premise of all the above comments is that the US is they bad guy and the terrorists can’t be blamed for hating us. Well, these liberal democrats can’t have their logic any more backwards.

  • The US did not invade Iraq, we liberated it from an evil regime.
  • We do not occupy Iraq, we have been invited to stay by a democratically elected government.
  • President Bush did not break Iraq. He brought freedom and democracy to an oppressed people, increased their standard of living and has given them greater opportunity than they could have ever imagined under Saddam Hussein. He has saved countless lives from rape, torture, death and mass graves.
  • US soldiers are not terrorizing women and children, they are ensuring Iraq women have the right to vote and get an education and not live under fear.
  • Our presence in Iraq is not creating new terrorists, it is defeating terrorists so they will not have the ability to wage any more unprovoked and unjustified attacks on us (such as the September 11th attacks, the bombing of the USS Cole, various embassy bombing, the 1993 WTC attack, etc.)

    The US is the greatest source of good in the world, yet the liberal democrats always blame America first and make us out to be the bad guy. They typically do this out of their own political self interest; anything to make Bush and the Republicans look bad, in their mind, will help further their politcal aspirations. They consider Bush more of a bad guy than the terrorists. This attitude is not only backwards, but dangerous. If they don’t recognize who the real enemy is, they cannot fight or defeat the terrorists, and if the liberal democrats have their way, America will remain more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks.

  • Making the Case for War in Iraq, Again, Lest We Forget

    As a follow up to my previous blog posting, it occurred to me it might be worthwhile to make the case for war in Iraq, again, lest we forget why we went there in the first place (and based on the news of the day discussed in my previous post, I think many people have forgotten).

    The World Changed on September 11, 2001
    Well, according to Condoleezza Rice, the world had already changed, but the US had not woken up to that change. “Before September 11th, this country simply was not on a war footing“, with Islamic terrorists. But shortly after 9/11 came the Bush Doctrine. Said President Bush, “we will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.” Iraq, a terrorist regime itself, was clearly a place where terrorists could find safe harbor. We could no longer allow Iraq to go unchecked.

    Iraq had Violated 17 United Nations Security Council Resolutions
    Between 1990 and 2002, 17 UN Security Council resolutions were passed against Iraq. Many of these resolutions said the same thing over and over again; it was as if, each time it passed a new resolution, the UN was childishly and naively saying ‘ok, this time you better comply.’ And each time, Iraq replied, ‘Or what? You’ll pass another resolution?’ It was high time someone started enforcing these UN resolutions. Here is a sample of some of the resolutions.

  • Iraq must not “use, develop, construct or acquire” any weapons of mass destruction.
  • Iraq must immediately end repression of its civilian population.
  • The UN “condemns” Iraq’s “serious violation” of its previous resolutions.
  • The UN “further condemns” Iraq’s noncompliance with IAEA and its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • The last resolution, passed in November 2002, called for “immediate and complete disarmament”, for “full access to Iraqi facilities and documents” related to nuclear development and the if they did not comply with these demands they would “face serious consequences.” UN Security Council Resolutions Concerning Iraq

    Saddam Hussein was a Mass Murderer
    Next, let me remind you that hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were taken by Saddam Hussein and his evil regime. Here are just some of the many atrocities they perpetrated.

  • A 1983 attack against Kurdish citizens, 8,000 of whom were rounded up and executed in the desert.
  • In 1988, as many as 182,000 people were taken and executed in the desert. The remains of some of their wives and children have also been found in mass graves.
  • Chemical attacks against Kurdish villages from 1986 to 1988, when the Iraqi Air Force dropped sarin, VX and tabun chemical agents (i.e. weapons of mass destruction) , killing 5,000 people immediately and causing long-term medical problems, related deaths, and birth defects among thousands more.
  • The 1991 massacre of Iraqi Shi’a Muslims after the Shi’a uprising at the end of the Gulf war, in which tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed.
  • 2,500 prisoners were executed between 1997-1999 in a “prison cleansing campaign”
  • At least 130 Iraqi women were beheaded between June 2000 and April 2001
    Mass Graves of Iraq: Uncovering Atrocities
    Crimes of Saddam Hussein
    Life Under Saddam Hussein
  • Bottom Line
    Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, was a danger to the US, a danger to its own citizens and a danger to the world. Bush declared at West Point, “America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves — safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life.” The war in Iraq has begun to do that, but our troops must be allowed to finish their mission. Many of Al Qaeda’s top leaders have been destroyed, Iraq is no longer a state sponsor of terror, the people of Iraq have voted, they have a constitution and political freedom for the first time since before Saddam’s rule. I leave you with a quote from the movie, The Majestic, “When bullies rise up, the rest of us have to beat them back down, whatever the cost. That’s a simple idea I suppose, but one worth giving everything for.”

    Giving the Iraq War Its Proper Perspective

    Dispite her many statments and votes in support of the Iraq war just a few years ago, on Sunday, Hillary Clinton said “we never should have gone” to Iraq. This flip-flop should come as no surpirse, but it is evidence of political pandering at its worst. You see, since the start of the war in Iraq back in 2003 until the present, the American people’s support for the war has slowly been declining. There has been a USA Today/Gallup Poll taken monthly since the start of the Iraq war. It asks, “In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, Do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq?” In March of 2003, 75% of respondents said we “Did Not Make a Mistake.” But by March 2007, nearly 60% said we “Made a Mistake.”

    I hope this trend will change, and I encourage the American people to do everything they can to support this important front on the war against terrorism. I think a major reason for the loss of support for the war is the under-reported good that has happened and the over-reported negatives that have happened. When we look at the entire context of this war (the good and the bad), you will see that this war in Iraq has been an overwhelming success. As we examine the broader context of this war below, you will see that the American’s people’s first inclination, in support of the war, and President Bush’s unaltered position, is right; it is best for American, our safety and security.

    First, The Good

  • There has not been a terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11/01. President Bush has said all along we are fighting the terrorist there (in Iraq and Afghanistan), so the war doesn’t come to our shores as it did on September 11th.
  • 26 million people in Iraq are now free. The mass graves are no longer being filled. There is political freedom and growing economic prosperity. Women can now vote and get an education. It is a wonderful, miraculous thing our soldiers have done for the people of Iraq.
  • Iraq is no longer a state where terrorists can find safe harbor.
  • Iraq is no longer a state possessing or seeking to develop more weapons of mass destruction.

    Next, The Bad
    Some major reasons for the American people’s change of heart, no doubt, is the seemingly endless bad news coming out of Iraq and the ever increasing death toll on our soldiers. There have now been more than 3,000 US deaths in the war in Iraq. I love, honor and support our soldiers in this important mission and my heart goes out to the families of those lost. I thank God daily for these brave men and women that are serving to protect us. Many opponents of the war would focus on that statistic and use it to criticize the president and use it as a reason to get out of Iraq.

    Lastly, The Context
    As you can see from the chart below, the war in Iraq, in terms of American deaths, has been far less costly than many previous wars of great importance.

    World War was an epic struggle against evil regimes in Germany and Japan. It cost the lives of over 407,000 American soldiers. No doubt there are those that don’t feel this battle was worth it either, but at the time, and still for the most part, Americans feel it was a war that had to be fought; the price for not defeating the evil regimes of that day was greater than the cost to defeat them. WWII Casualties

    The US Civil War was the bloodiest of all American wars. Even at the time, President Lincoln struggled to convince the American people that the war was worth it. But Lincoln knew this nation was something special and he would not let it be dissolved. And God bless him for his remarkable leadership during that struggle. Civil War death toll

    Proper Perspective
    The major news media portrays Iraq a hopeless struggle and a daily bloodbath, by their endless coverage of the negative. But they rarely, if ever, put the Iraq war in its proper perspective. Rarely do you hear about the great visionary George Bush has been in seeing this war through and do so much good for our nation and for the country of Iraq. It’s time we started applauding President Bush and the military leaders of our great nation for the marvelous job they have done in conducting this war of paramount importance, and doing so with relatively few casualties.