Sep 30 2007

The Liberally Naive

Published by at 9:39 am under All General Discussions,Bin Laden/GWOT

In a world were tens of thousands of fanatical Muslims wake up each day think of better ways to try and kill as many Americans as their warped minds can conjure, there are people on the far left who are so desperate to pretend they do not exist they announce their self imposed blinders to the world as if the act of publicly demonstrating their naiveté’ will make all those Islamo Fascists disappear. The latest case in point of what can only be called a fear of 9-11 is Thomas Friedman’s mind numbingly dumb article in the NY Times today:

Not long ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion ran a fake news story that began like this:

“At a well-attended rally in front of his new ground zero headquarters Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially announced his plan to run for president of 9/11. ‘My fellow citizens of 9/11, today I will make you a promise,’ said Giuliani during his 18-minute announcement speech in front of a charred and torn American flag.

Times columnists are not allowed to endorse candidates, but there’s no rule against saying who will not get my vote: I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.

What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid.

Emphasis in original article. What’s this ‘we’ stuff Kemo Sabe? This is one of those classic examples of projection, where the author actually projects himself onto the world he views (as if we all exist in his mind).

The Islamo Fascist war against the West and America, while not actually starting on 9-11 but really nearly a decade earlier, is not over. It will not be over until our enemy admits it is over and surrenders his efforts to kill us. Friedman can wring his hands in stupidity all day long, but as long as we are under the threat of attack we are at war. A war declared in the 1990’s by Bin Laden and ignored by a Democrat party and liberal wing that could not be bothered with such nuisances.

Back in the 1990’s we were pretending 9-11’s could never happen. Now Friedman is desperate to ignore 9-11 happened or is really that important. He is doing his best Neville Chamberlain imitation. Chamberlain was the British PM who tried to reason with Hitler and signed agreements after Nazi Germany started taking lands from other countries saying ‘this will be the last land Germany will take’. It was a foolish effort that only allowed the Nazis to gain power, gain territory, and subjugate the peoples they conquered into to building up their military forces and giving them time to plan their next invasions. The Nazi Fascists used terror and horrible acts upon humans to enforce their brutal will, and to paralyze fools like Chamberlain. There were always people begging to just not bother the Nazis, to just not fight and leave America in peace. There were plenty who could care less what was happening to the Jews in those horrific concentration camps.

Thomas Friedman is another in a long line of weak-willed appeasers who doesn’t want to think about 9-11. He doesn’t want to face the reality of all those bomb plots, successful and unsuccessful, since 9-11. He is simply focused on creature comforts – his comforts specifically:

Fly from Zurich’s ultramodern airport to La Guardia’s dump. It is like flying from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. I still can’t get uninterrupted cellphone service between my home in Bethesda and my office in D.C. But I recently bought a pocket cellphone at the Beijing airport and immediately called my wife in Bethesda — crystal clear.

Airports? OK, La Gaurdia is an old and aging airport Democrat politicians won’t spend the money to upgrade. But look at Dulles Airport (my local airport), or Reagan National, or BWI, or Denver Airport. All of them can give Zurich’s airport a run for its money. Move to a better place dude.

And Friedman is such an ignoramus he doesn’t get the fact cell phones go through technological advances like any other device. Replacing his cell phone (or service) with a myriad of options – US, Japanese or Chinese – could have fixed the mistake he made in purchasing his first phone. Don’t blame America because you bought a lemon of a phone Tommie.

But while this joker is deriving his national security policies from a joke website, and is totally focused on his personal creature comforts, what he misses is the fact we are at war and under attack and have been since before 9-11 and ever since 9-11. He forgets that his 9/12 world of his – as he calls it though it is more like a 9/10 fantasy – includes numerous acts by terrorists across the world:

Sep 13, 2001 Paris embassy attack (foiled)
Fall of 2001, anthrax attacks in US
Dec 22, 2001 Reid the Shoe Bomber tries to take down airline
Dec 2001, Singapore US and EU embassy attacks (foiled)
Oct 2002, Bali Bombings
Oct 23, 2002, Moscow Theatre attack
Dec 21, 2002, Kurnool, India train attack
Dec 27, 2001, Chechen Parliament Bombing
May 12, 2003 Riyadh Compound Bombings
May 16, 2003, Casablanca Bombings
Feb 6, 2004, Moscow Metro Bombing
March 11, 2004, Madrid Train Bombings
May 29, 2004, al-Kohbar Complex massacre in Saudi Arabia
Sep 1, 2004, Beslan School Massacre
Jul 7, 2005, London 7/7 bombings of Underground trains and buses
Jul 23, 2005, Bombings of Egyptian tourist sites
Oct 13, 2005, Coordinated Chechen attacks across multiple Russian government buildings
Oct 29, 2005, Delhi India bombings
Nov 9, Amman Jordan Bombings
Jul 11, 2006, Mumbai, India train bombings
Jul 31, Train bombings in Dortmund and Koblenz, Germany (foiled)
Aug 10,. 2006, Massive trans-atlantic airline bomb plot foiled in UK
Jun 2007, London car bombs (foiled) and Glasgow car bomb attack

As my original link shows, these are not all the incidents by far. I have not included attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq since these are the front lines of the war Friedman wants to pretend is not happening. His need to deny what Islamo Fascism is and what its goals are leads him to some incredible diversions of focus. In light of the heated war we have been waging on Islamo Fascism (where much of the defensive successes are classified because they were successful efforts to stop attacks) Friedman would rather worry about Cuba’s poor:

You may think Guantánamo Bay is a prison camp in Cuba for Al Qaeda terrorists. A lot of the world thinks it’s a place we send visitors who don’t give the right answers at immigration. I will not vote for any candidate who is not committed to dismantling Guantánamo Bay and replacing it with a free field hospital for poor Cubans. Guantánamo Bay is the anti-Statue of Liberty.

It doesn’t matter that it was Friedman and his liberal propagandists who carried the water for terrorists all these years and misrepresented what GITMO is and does. The fact the world is misinformed is Friedman’s fault. But to think we would close it up (and presumably bring all these war criminals into the US and into the very judicial system they want to wipe off the face of the earth) is insane. And yes Tommie, it is NOT the Statue of Liberty for terrorists. We are NOT OFFERING entry into our land for these mass murderers. We are holding them so they cannot attack us again and to find out who is out there still trying to attack us. This is NOT Ellis Island and never was meant to be. Not understanding this simple and basic fact makes you incredibly ignorant to what is going on in the world. And this is what is going on in the world of Islamo Fascism:

A radical Islamic group in the Gaza Strip issued a death threat over the weekend against women working for the official Palestinian Authority television station, accusing them of dressing immodestly and behaving in a way that violates the teachings of Islam.

Members of the group are also responsible for splashing acid in the face of a number of young women who had been accused of “immoral behavior.”

The group warned that its members would strike with an “iron fist and swords” against the women who are refusing to cover their faces. “We will destroy their homes,” it announced. “We will blow up their working places. We have a lot of information about their addresses and we are following their movements.”

The leaflet concluded by threatening to “slaughter” the women for allegedly spreading corruption in Palestinian society by appearing on the screen with their faces uncovered.

This is what Friedman would allow to flourish and grow why he happily gazes at his navel for hours on end. Friedman is a Class A fool. He thinks he can cocoon himself away from the world and focus on the Cuban poor (which is Castro’s fault – and where is that vaulted health system of Castro’s?), should be allowed to wallow on how cool his new cell phone is and he wonders why he can’t fly through nicer airports. That’s his worldview after years of covering the horrors and atrocities of al-Qaeda across this planet. It is what one would call taking the fetal position and sucking the thumb. Friedman is fried and he wants off planet Earth. Go suck your thumb and play with your cell phone, Tommie. No one is stopping you. There are plenty of people who see the threats and are willing and able to stand up to them. And no one will be stopping them either.

Some good thoughts on this over at Stop The ACLU.

Addendum: Reading others on Friedman and his ilk I cannot get a Scooby-Doo voice overlay out of my head: “War? Rut War?” The fact Friedman can cocoon himself is because all those actions taken by this administration to protect this country and keep it from attack for 6 years now. Friedman’s little fantasy world exists because many faced reality and dealt with the threats facing this nation. They were not navel gazing in a fetal position wondering about car emission standards in China.

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “The Liberally Naive”

  1. Boghie says:

    Friedman is a fool.

    And, a fool is forever…

  2. Boghie says:

    Another ‘misunderstanding’ of a Fool.

    As alluded to in your post, you can deal with a militant entity before it gets powerful – or after it attains the power. We chose the latter in WWII and the world paid a dear cost.

    Try it again, Friedman.

    That’s crazy.


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  6. Terrye says:

    Oh for heavens sake, I live in the country and can not get broadband but you don’t hear me blaming on the war. What an idiot. I bet there are plenty of parts of China today where Mr. Friedman could not find a flush toilet much less get a signal on a cell phone.

    If it had not been for people like this there might not have been a 9/11. And if people forgot about it and something like that happened again, the Tom Friedmans of the world would be the first ones to complain and bitch and moan.

    The stuff about Gitmo is just insane, not to mention stupid. What are we going to do with these people? Turn them loose? Send them home to be killed? Try to put them on trial in this country after we have grabbed them in a battlefield situation?


  7. Donkatsu says:

    Little Tommie lives in area of Bethesda/Potomac, MD that has treated cell phone towers the way Teddy and Johnnie treat wind machines in the Nantucket sound – NIMBY. It is a notoriously dead zone within the metro DC area. Maybe, Tommie wants the gummint to be able to tell his spoiled neighbors to just get over it regarding cell phone transmissions the way his Chicom idols do.

    BTW, I went through ZRH a couple of months ago. Nice place, but it carries less traffic than DCA, to name a nice US airport. And even Little Tommie cannot fly directly from ZRH to LGA.

  8. Jules Roy says:

    Only leftists use phrases like ‘Islamofascism’. I think the leftist hate-monger Christopher Hitchens came up with the phrase.

    This: 9/11 has made us stupid

    No, 9/11 just brought American ignorance of the world to the fore. Stupidity and ignorance are two different things. Stupidity is not knowing how to add and subtract. Ignorance is George Bush thinking Arabs can be turned into post-Christian Western liberals or Mexicans can become Americans. Only those who are ignorant of foreign cultures can believe such nonsense and that includes plenty of intelligent people handicapped by their own middle class parochialism. Americans are particularly vulnerable to this kind of ignorance due to their hegemonic role in the world.

  9. Ignorance is George Bush thinking Arabs can be turned into post-Christian Western liberals or Mexicans can become Americans.

    Ignorance is declaring that the military needs to be rebuilt when you are a candidate and then being elected President and going to war with the same military you declared were in need of rebuilding. Ignorance is trying to fight a existential battle against blood thirsty animals without increasing Military Spending over what some leftist buttwipe of a President had spent. Ignorance is not firing nearly everyone of note inside of the CIA, DIA, FBI for failing to discover a plot by a bunch of ragged losers from a loser culture. Ignorance is imposing assinine ROE on our soldiers. Ignorance is valuing Hajis buildings over US lives….

    There is plenty of ignorance in this administration. More evidence if any is needed is that we are going to be beaten like red haired stepchildrent at the polls in 2008 by a bunch of buttwipes whose philosophty is so corrupt they don’t even have the balls to trumpet it themselves…and we are going to lose to them. How can we lose to a bunch of leftists? That is the question we need to ask ourselves.

  10. NewEnglandDevil says:

    Do you include the foiled chemical attacks on Jordan? I don’t see them listed.

  11. AJStrata says:

    NE Devil,

    No I did not. I went through the wikipedia list as best I could to select major attacks. I am quite sure I missed more than a couple!

    Thanks for pointing that one out.


  12. Donkatsu says:

    AJ –
    Took a look at the origin data from 1998-2005 for travel to the US. The use of 2000 as a base year is important, since it was a real boom year for foreign travel to the US, up 5.6% over 1999. What Little Tommie does not tell us is that 2005 figures were almost back at 2000 levels (down just 3.6%) and 2006 is undoubtedly higher than 2000.

    As to the US having cooties for the Europeans and Japan, well, the data show that from 2000-2005 Germany, France, Netherlands, Greece and Portugal were all down 18-21%; Japan fell by 23% during that period. Other countries increased, including the UK, Denmark, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, Ireland, Poland Romania, Russia, Ukraine. Which proves . . . . .? Taiwan also fell by about 30% and we are their only important friends in the world – meaning?. And Tommie hasn’t seen immigration hell until he has to traverse Heathrow unescorted by the NY Times bureau in London (to say nothing of Paris on a warm August morning when the immigration service is on strike).

    There was a signficant fall in South American travel to the US. Several of the countries have fallen economically and their citizens can no longer afford to come here (think Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia). Others fell into the visa trap (Brazil especially) as standards tightened. Every country in the ME fell (average >30%) except for one (starts with I, four letters, no peeking); no explanation needed there.

    Well, I travel internationally more than once a month and the planes are always full, and I have another idea – a lot of green card holders converted to the USA team. Maybe it was to avoid the hassles at immigration or maybe they feared pogroms or who knows. But somebody is filling up all those flights, and there are more of them, using larger planes than there were in 2000.