|Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
His colleagues in other countries who acted with a clearer perception of reality and less submissiveness to the Bush administration and its empty propaganda.
And if we were to follow the left, which hates the President, Saddam would still be in power, the Taliban would still rule Afghanistan, and we would still not have Osama Bin Laden. Indeed, it seems that the left in Europe hates the President more than Saddam. Most peculiar, but there you have it.
Oh, and if the U.S. and its international partners hadn't acted, Libya would still have designs on the West, Iran would still be developing its nuclear weapons, and the Middle East would still blame Israel for nearly everything.
Al Zarqawi would still be alive. The sons of Saddam would still be around as Saddam's heirs apparent. Pakistan would be noncommittal about its role in confronting terror. And anti-Western feelings would still be at a simmer, ready, however, to boil over at any moment.
Regardless of any inaction, they would still teach anti-Westernism at extremist madrasas, much as they do now, and even within Europe itself.
So much for the neo-isolationism of the left.
Where is the European leftist who dares confront the reality of history? Have all of them forgotten what it meant to leave terror to its own deliberate schedule?
In truth, the stability sought by the left in Europe was, and is, merely illusory. Sooner or later, had the West not acted, then at a time of Saddam's and Osama's and the ayatollahs' choosing, the specter of nuclear terrorism would suddenly rear its head, and then it would be too late. Much too late.
The left seems to think that had America stayed out of it, all would have been hunky-dory, that fine police work would have put the kibosh on terrorism, and that, to the contrary, what America has done in eliminating two virulently anti-Western regimes has merely worsened matters -- based solely on ignorance of history. This premise of the left is one that bears no degree of scrutiny. Fine police work resulted in nothing but the rise of Al Qaeda itself.
In this regard, the left reminds me of a child who objects to the fact that he must move from attending elementary school in one neighborhood to a secondary school in another. The people in secondary school are big and scary, whereas it was so much fun in primary school; so familiar. He doesn't know that the old neighborhood was rapidly going downhill; all he cares about is that he doesn't like the strange new school he's in now.
It's funny, if you think about it. The left is all about change, allegedly. But when it comes to the Middle East. all they want is to go back to the old days, where dictators had their place, and all was apparently right with the world.
[Edited 2006-09-14 08:10:37]