Friday, July 09, 2004

America at War - Blixful Amnesia

Charles Krauthammer in Time magazine, keying off a speech by Hans Blix, laments that the impact of 9/11 has begun to fade for some:
"We have come a long way in three years. The idea that Sept. 11 was a historic turning point, a wake-up call to a war declared by our enemies but ignored by us, has begun to fade."
Krathammer's points echo an earlier editorial by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell about the divide created by the terrorist attacks. Some, like Krauthammer, recognize the immensity of the danger we face:
"There is no gradualness and there are no countermeasures to a dozen nuclear warheads detonating simultaneously in U.S. cities. Think of what just two envelopes of anthrax did to paralyze the capital of the world's greatest superpower. A serious, coordinated attack on the United States using weapons of mass destruction could so shatter America as a functioning, advanced society that it would take generations to rebuild.

What is so dismaying is that such an obvious truth needs repeating. The passage of time, the propaganda of the anti-American left and the setbacks in Iraq have changed nothing of that truth. This is the first time in history that the knowledge of how to make society-destroying weapons has been democratized. Today small radical groups allied with small radical states can do the kind of damage to the world that in the past only a great, strategically located and industrialized power such as Germany or Japan could do."
The Left would like you to forget 9/11, to think of it as a tragic but isolated event with no long term significance. The Clinton administration has been described, with some accuity I think, as a "holiday from history"; the Cold War was over and a New World Order was in place that would proviude peace and prosperity and allow us to focus on our stock portfolios and golf games rather than world events. Unfortunately, that holiday was an illusion, history contnues regardless of our best wishes. We have entered into an unprecedented era, one in which small bands of fanatics, clandestinely aided by rogue states, can cause death and destruction on an unmatched scale.

We all had our eyes closed before 9/11; we must not repeat that mistake again.