What now? Awakening an awesome giant
[COMMENTS AFTER BOSTON BOMBING BY GAIL WINSTON 4/19/13]
I have been asked on most of the radio interviews I did over the last several days: “What Now?” The answer: “No one knows but, we can speculate from the intelligence at hand”. I can tell you this “our enemies have awakened a terrible giant and no one will be safe until its righteous wrath has been satisfied”.
Yes, more attacks are expected. As an open, democratic society, we are vulnerable. Buses, trains, hospitals, department stores, malls, power plants, water resources and plants – any place where people congregate – especially if they are symbols of America’s best. Remember that Osama Bin Laden’s M.O. (Modus Operandi) has been to hit where it is least anticipated.
How did this vulnerability come about? Despite warnings by many different experts, successive American governments coddled the Arab terrorist nations, even supplying them with arms, communications equipment and training – never responding to attacks against Americans, never tracking down terrorists because successive Presidential Administrations since 1975 and U.S. State Department policy for decades was not to risk alienating the Arab oil nations.
However, we were easily penetrated. Our intelligence agencies knew that radical Islamic cells were spreading across most America’s cities. This included on-campus Islamic radicals who were students during the day and Islamists at night. They have been in place as activists and/or sleepers since 1973-4. In the last 5 years, America gave over ten thousand visas to students from such nations who were on the Congressional Watch List of States Sponsoring Terrorism. We let them in because the U.S. State Department didn’t want to ‘offend’ Arab oil nations. Once here, they organized and easily recruited other students to their cause. This was, unfortunately, true of the black Muslim students who felt they had an ally in radical Islam. [Emphasis added on April 19, 2013 – after Boston Marathon Bombed & ?a Saudi student?? who was there and a so-called person of interest was ??deported??? WHY? So Saudi Arabia is not embarrassed or forced to take the blame for one of its own ???sleepers? The government authorities seem to be hiding the facts. Remember that the 9/11/2001 hijacking-terror-bombers were 14 Saudis and 4 Egyptian nationals! Added by GAIL WINSTON]
To be clear, it is not honest religious Muslims of whom we speak but those who use their religion to intimidate, to coerce, to incite, to murder, to teach their children to hate and kill. We should tell them that the Islamic Terrorists who committed this barbaric act are NOT in warriors’ heaven.
The WALL ST. JOURNAL EUROPE Sep. 14, 2001 ran a story: “It Wasn’t Me! : Terrorism’s sponsors run for cover”. In order to avoid retaliation, regrets are pouring in from the terrorist nations sending messages of condolences. Khatami of Iran feels deep regret and sympathy; Mutawakei of Afghanistan denounces “this terrorist attack”; Gadhafi of Libya is “shocked”; Arafat of the PLO filmed himself giving blood [who would want it]; Assad of Syria proposes a global effort “to eradicate terrorism in all its forms”; Mubarak of Egypt offers assistance [his generals tell American generals that he is preparing for war with Israel, as so on. Please pull up the article c/o <firstname.lastname@example.org> and look at the other WALL ST. JOURNAL articles of today, showing how these specific countries are implicated in Terrorism.
During a September 14th Press Conference with Sec. of State Colin Powell: (Question?): ”Israeli papers today said that the attack was a catastrophe for Arafat because the Israelis have killed 14 Palestinians.” Powell: ‘The conflict between Palestinians and Israelis will not end so soon. Very important to have a high level meeting between Peres & Arafat. Hope a way is found for Palestinians and Israel to meet. The two leaders have their own interests. Must decide for themselves when they should meet. Events of 11th September have fundamentally changed how we view Terrorism.’ (Question?): What would you say to the Taliban? Powell: Osama Bin Laden is killing innocent people. To the extent the Taliban government gives havens, support and assets to the perpetrators, they cannot consider themselves immune from our elimination of Bin Laden.” The Afghani leaders from Kabul have issued a call to all Muslims to rally around them and Osama Bin Laden. They say: “If the U.S. attacks, we will take revenge against the United States.”.
For almost 30 years we have written exposés on the coming confrontation between a militant Islam and the Judeo-Christian world. Regrettably, we were not taken seriously.
We have seen the Arabs across the Middle East cheering, shooting off their M16s, handing out candy as shown on TV and in the print media – even the videographers and photographers were threatened not to show these pictures. These governments sent ‘official’ but hypocritical statements of regret and condolences. In Mexico, China, parts of Europe those who envy and, therefore, hate America were delighted. These are the same nations who accepted and called for our American military when they were in trouble. Many people of these nations have said: “Americans deserved it.”
The old homily comes to mind: “Why are you mad at me? I haven’t done you any favors.” But, we did do favors, we did reach out to help and they hated us for it.
OUR PRESIDENTS, STATE DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITY
We have had a succession of Presidents who seemed to have a vested interest in terrorist nations – such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Yemen. Many of the terrorist organization were funded by Saudi Arabia, although our U.S. State Department called Saudi Arabia ‘moderate’. I will include China, among others. Bush/Baker and Clinton allowed technology to flow to these nations, ignoring the facts that they could not be trusted. Now we see them on TV, expressing support for going on the attack against World Terrorism. Sure they now feel bad but they were guilty of lifting trade restrictions, despite objections from our Intelligence Agencies and trade institutions.
We Americans sent CIA experts into the Middle East to train and provide equipment to Arafat’s PLO which soon was transferred to Syria, Iraq, Iran and Bin Laden’s network.
Then, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now Secretary of State Colin Powell continued the policy of Bobby Ray Inman, Casper Weinberger, George Bush, Sr. and successive U.S. State Departments to deliberately cripple Israel’s capability to fight Terror – again reflecting the State Department’s policy of appeasing the Arab oil nations.
Under Bush/Baker and Clinton, America tried to break the capability of Israel’s Mossad (Secret Service) who could have penetrated the terrorist organizations and, possibly, warned us of the impending attacks against America. Who knows? Perhaps they did, even with their truncated capability and they were ignored as has happened so many times.
Arab voices are explaining the logic and correctness of attacking America. They say that:
‘It is not that Islam hates America and her Judeo-Christian basis of freedom. It is just that the Arabs have not been able to annihilate the non-Muslim Jewish State of Israel in six wars and unending Terrorism. The attack on America [THEY SAY] is ‘merely’ the frustration of Islamists over their inability to eliminate the Jewish presence and the fact that America supports the only democratic country in the Middle East.’
But, this is not true. They call America, the Great Satan, because it is “freedom’s home and defender”* and open to all religions. This threatens their tyrannical rule over their own people. That is why they deliberately, with malice aforethought, hit the symbols of America. They call Israel, the Little Satan because she is seen as America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East and is a too close reminder of American style freedom and democracy which they deny to their people. Now, the Muslim clerics of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, the palestinian authority and the Middle East were calling all Muslims to rise up against America and come to their aid and that of Osama Bin Laden.
From a tactical point of view the Islamists achieved their goal of wounding the United States of America. From a strategic point of view, they could not have done anything more stupid because these acts drew Americans together as nothing else could have done. All Americans felt incredible revulsion at this hideous crime, driven by a radical and monstrous misuse of the religion of Islam. These radical Islamic Terrorists have awakened a sleeping giant and will regret the evil they have done. Most of the clergy who spoke during this week, spoke about how this evil must be fought and defeated conclusively to “rid the world of evil”*.
*PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH at Washington Prayer Service September 14, 2001