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9/21/01

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Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.

Christian Nevell Bovee

Our Day Of Infamy Is Yet To Come

Anyone who watched or heard the address to Congress by President Bush, could hardly help but be filled with pride that Americans can rally together during such a time of crisis. The people of our great land have once again shown their love for home and country. For those who had remaining doubts of the leadership abilities of this president, yesterday surely must put them to rest.

His speech was inspiring and resolved. His plan for action has positive elements that will reassure. So you say, why do some still voice dissent for the future 'War on Terrorism'? Let's attempt to deal with those arguments from a pragmatic and reasoned evaluation.

President Bush's appeal omitted two very significant aspects if the United States truly wishes to diminish the threat to our shores. The first is obvious. In his remarks he said:

"They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions - by abandoning every value except the will to power - they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies".

The exclusion of naming Communism is glaring and can easily be explained that the support of remaining regimes is sought. Overlooking it by name is significant, for it sets the stage to also exclude our home grown version of 'Collectivism', that strikes at the heart of our Republic.

The next omission is much more painful to consider. In the wake of patriotic zeal this issue is being silenced and censured from the National debate. A new test of neoconservative establishment 'PC' is sweeping the exchanges of sensible examination. Those who have supported a vigorous defense of Western Values and Civilization are now being attacked for raising this needed claim of introspection. Bush left out the possibility that the interventionist Foreign Policy of the last century MAY well have contributed to the real hatred of the U.S. mindset, that sweeps many corners of this world.

George Santayana's contention that: "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it", needs to be expanded to include that those who never learned it to begin with, will never know or admit, when they are on the wrong course.

After the emotional dread and anguish passes, rational sensibility must return if additional carnage is to be avoided. When the likes of author and film maker John Pilger, are condemned for comments made in "Islamic peoples are already victims of US power",

Entire Article: Islamic peoples are already victims of US power - The Irish Times

conservatives relinquish their intelligent scrutiny in the name of national loyalty. Objections to the conclusion of Richard Falk, professor of international relations at Princeton: "Western foreign policy is presented almost exclusively through a self-righteous, one-way legal/moral screen (with) positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence", must be logical if you desire to defend the Internationalism that drives U.S. Foreign Policy.

Hiding your eyes in the sand and blocking your ears from the admonition against Empire will not make an ethical case for the actions that are about to be unleashed. Attempts to silence the lone voices that appeal for prudent, sensible and moral restraint, will not still this message. The sub rosa denunciation and censorship that is currently being practiced, will not disavow the reality that U.S. Foreign Policy has it's own share of blood all over its hands.

The results of a hundred years of ignoring the wisdom of George Washington when he stated: "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop", has CAUSED America to be hated and despised throughout much of the world. If you are unable or unwilling to accept this as an undeniable Fact of our history, I submit that there is little remaining of your intellectual integrity for reasoning.

When President Bush creates an Office of Homeland Security, he is saying that the legitimate function of Defense of our homeland has been abdicated for a policy of garrisoning troops around the world to enforce interests of the Corporate/State, at the expense of the safety of the American public. Wake Up and use the brain that God has given you! Was Switzerland, Sweden, Japan or New Zealand targets of this latest terror? Could it just be possible that YOUR government is culpable and derelict in one of their truly Constitutional functions?

Republicans like Pat Buchanan are vindicated for their courage by breaking with the insanity of the Internationalists. I stand with Pat, will you join in an effort to restore the traditional Foreign Policy to our beloved Nation? Bring common sense back to the Republican Party . . .

Nations don't have allies, but only have interests. We should have unity of agreement that the cabal of Terrorists must be accountable for their crimes. America has had too little domestic security for too long. And has had far too much international involvement too often. Please no smears of being an Isolationist. Commerce builds wealth, but Empire fosters terror. Protect our traditional culture and heritage of values, by guarding the best interests of the America People. That means abolishing the 'Open Borders' lunacy that allows causal access and porous penetration of valid security needs.

Those of us who advocate that the primary duty of the Federal Government is the protection of the citizens of the Nation, why is it so difficult to understand that safety is best achieved by eliminating the grounds and reasons for hatred towards our country? If we fail to learn this lesson, the next generation of Terrorists, will certainly follow. The immediate crisis justifies a change in policy just as much as added security measures to protect our citizens. The kind of valid Patriotism that deserves support is the type that benefits the average person, while diminishing the risk for massive annihilation. What choice will you support? Vengeance based upon a flawed strategy and unreal objective will not make Americans safe. Events we all wish, had never taken place; has shown that 'Blowback' has become the whirlwind that very well could spread a cloud of radiation as the next level of escalation is attained. Think before you demand blood, for it just might be that of you, your family and your country.

SARTRE - September 21, 2001

One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

Morris L. West

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