Who Will Be Responsible
For the Next 9/11?
Written by JB Williams
A few short nearly
forgotten years ago, it was almost inconceivable that America
could avoid another major terrorist attack on U.S.
soil for even a month, much less four years. When we saw how easily nineteen
Middle Eastern men walked through security gates at our airports, climbed
aboard four passenger jets, took control of the cockpits and flew those planes like
guided missiles into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania
field right before our very eyes, three things became vibrantly clear. America
was at war, our enemy was prepared to do the unthinkable and we were a very
naive soft target…
Since 9/11, many
Americans have tried to legitimize the actions of those nineteen murderers by
blaming past American foreign policies. These Americans have worked tirelessly
to create a public perception that the events of 9/11 were the rightful fruits
of American imperialism around the globe that had come home to roost.
These Americans have
justified these attacks in their own minds. They have found a way to convince
themselves that America
got what it deserved that day and they have spread that propaganda aimed at
convincing others, here and abroad. The First Amendment might protect these
peoples right to say anything they want. But it will never make it true. They
can call themselves patriotic if
they want. But this is no act of patriotism,
by any definition.
Make no mistake, the risk
of further attacks on U.S.
soil remains high. As Bush stated in his speech before the world on September 20, 2001, “The evidence we have gathered all points to a
collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. Al
Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. There are thousands of these
terrorists in more than 60 countries. Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda,
but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of
global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”
The Bush administration
shortly thereafter, took an offensive position in the new world war against
world-wide terrorism. Americas
President told the world “We will
direct every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool of
intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence,
and every necessary weapon of war -- to the destruction and to the defeat of
the global terror network.” Nearly every American and every
member of congress stood and cheered at these words from their determined leader
that day…and he has done just that since.
But those so-called Americans,
who have justified the attacks of 9/11 in their own minds, have since sought to
undermine every initiative taken by the Bush administration in this effort. Some
do this because they can’t support a war of any kind, others because they
sympathize with the terrorists themselves, and still others solely for
political purposes of regaining party power at any expense, even the expense of
more innocent American lives.
On October 11, 2001, Bush again stood
before the world and announced “This week, 56 Islamic nations issued a
statement strongly condemning the savage acts of terror and emphasizing that
those acts contradict the peaceful teachings of Islam.” This was not a President or a nation
“going it alone.”
But at that same hour,
one month after 9/11 to the day, dissenting views began their campaign against
this war when a reporter asked “You've been careful to avoid saying how
long the military strikes in Afghanistan might take place. But
can you promise to say how long American -- can you avoid being drawn into a
Vietnam-like quagmire in Afghanistan?”
One month to the day after
9/11, the press began to establish the groundwork for a “Vietnam-like quagmire” perception of
the war against international terrorism. This wasn’t about Iraq,
who many claim was the dividing point for support of the war. This question was
asked in reference to Afghanistan,
one month after 9/11.
The next reporters
question was “Mr. President, on that note, we understand you have advisers who are
urging you to go after Iraq, take out Iraq, Syria and so forth. Do you
really think that the American people will tolerate you widening the war beyond
Afghanistan?” The groundwork for limiting the
war on terror to only Afghanistan started with this question…
The follow-up question
met twice in the White House since you've been in office with Prime Minister
Sharon, but you have refused to meet with Yassar Arafat. Now that you envision
a Palestinian state, will you see and will you meet with Arafat?” Again, the press was busy laying
the foundation for dissent against the war on terror right from the start. Where
better to begin than with demands that Arafat be welcomed with the same open anti-Semitic
arms previously offered by the Clintons?
responded “if I am convinced that a
meeting with a particular party at this point in time will further the [Mitchell] process, I will do so. If it turns out to be an
empty photo opportunity that creates expectations that will become dashed, I
won't meet.” BINGO! BRAVO!
The point is
- Americas President was steadfast in his offensive
posture against world-wide terrorism, as well as his approach towards any meaningful opportunities to pursue peace
between Israel and the Palestinians. The American
people stood beside their President. Clearly, the press did not…
time, the front pages of newspapers across this country have focused on body
counts, every minor set-back in the difficult and treacherous war against terror.
They have attempted to direct attention away from the words of this President
and focus the American people on the inherent cost of war, both the human costs
and the financial burdens of winning a war unlike any we have ever faced
Even their leaders in congress have called
called American soldiers “Nazis”,
defended those who behead innocent people and attacked those who bravely track,
capture and interrogate would be assassins.
called for retreat and defeat, beat the drum of discontent and dishonor and
accused America of acts of terror, while attempting to
explain away the acts against American civilians on their way to work a little
more than four years ago.
They work to
expose Top Secret Intelligence operations aimed at capturing and detaining
people who intend America further harm – and they aim to
discredit the efforts of the Joint Chiefs, the DOD and our intelligence
community, all as part of a bigger plan to discredit a President they
don’t support and a country they no longer love or defend.
So if and
when the next 9/11 happens, who will be responsible?
who has acted upon his promise to be tireless in his offensive pursuit of
terrorists around the world, or the people who have tirelessly worked around
the clock to undermine all of those efforts?
experts say that it is not a matter of if, but of when. They predict that the
next attacks will dwarf the events of 9/11. They have repeatedly told the
American people that the only hope of preventing such events is a full scale
offensive, on many fronts, in multiple locations around the world, aimed at
keeping terrorist too busy running, to be able to launch another attack.
So who will
be responsible if and when their predictions become true? An administration that
has sacrificed popularity in the polls and stayed the course, even after four
years of relentless attacks by the press and their political rivals, or the
people who have done all they can to undermine every facet of a very complex
war effort against an enemy we often can’t even identify?
decide…but decide fast. As the attacks against our military, the DOD, our
intelligence community and the President grow ever more shrill, the enemy draws
ever more powerful, more certain that the offensive against them will soon end
and that opportunity is near.
decide…but do it now.