"London Braces for Attack; 'Miracle' If There Isn't One."
So says the headline on the ABC News website's The Blotter blogpage.
The story that follows is about British law enforcement and intelligence
saying that they expect an Islamic terrorist attack in London over the
Christmas and New Years holidays. So much so, in fact, that an American
law enforcement official working with them said it would be a miracle if
there isnt one. Presently, British intelligence was tracking no fewer
than 18 suspected Al Qaeda suicide bombers. And all it takes is one.
Meanwhile, back here on our side of the Atlantic, the media is
preoccupied with Miss USA being a coke-snorting drunken slut who would
appear to be pulling Miss Teen USA into her immoral orbit, and the
subsequent war of words between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell after
Trump didn't strip her of her "title." A more stupid, unimportant and
pointless "story" one could not invent. Yet there it was, all over the
cable news stations this week, giving them every chance to put pictures
and video of two tall, beautiful, buxom blondes on the screen for cheap
ratings. (I guess they needed a break from the latest
Britney/Lindsay/Paris escapades for some other drunk slut news.) This
is what passes for "news" in America? At the same time Al Qaeda
continues to wage its never-ending war on civilization and humanity?
If the most egotistical man and the most obnoxious and hateful
woman in America today want to kill each other, fine. (Somehow, the
phrase "mutually assured destruction" suddenly leaps to mind.) And if
someone can bring back the MTV show "Celebrity Deathmatch" so we can
watch the comedic claymation ultimate fighting version, so much the
better. But when this is the main story on regular newscasts and not
reserved for the end-of-broadcast funny story on E! Entertainment
News, something is seriously wrong with the placement of our
It would sadly appear that we have fallen back into our pre-9/11,
vacation-from-history mentality of the 1990s. Once again, denial reigns
supreme, so asleep at the switch are we. Just as it was with the Roman
Empire, so long as the bread and circuses continue apace, we continue to
be distracted from what is necessary to maintain our nation as we've
known it. We have grown soft and pudgy on our success, and like a cocky
prizefighter underestimating his next opponent, are due to take a
roundhouse right on our increasingly glassy chin and be dropped
unceremoniously to the mat.
This is the one negative aspect of President Bush's success in
preventing another terrorist attack on American soil (in spite of not
doing everything necessary to assure it, like sealing the borders) our
willingness, if not eagerness, to take that success completely for
granted. The real miracle is that we've gone more than five years
without another vomitus of extremist Islamic evil in spite of being
hamstrung by political correctness and a political opposition that's
just fine with assisting, aiding and comforting the enemy. A bunch of
imams mimic the 9/11 terrorists while boarding an airline flight, and
instead of being chucked in the slammer and interrogated until they sing
like canaries, we walk on eggshells to prevent lawsuits and apologize
for doing what all but the stupidest or most cowardly people would have
done. (I suppose I should take heart, though; they still were removed
from the flight. So long as we can still do that, all is not lost yet.)
I suppose it's not entirely surprising that we avoid that with
which it is difficult to deal. Procrastinating before completing
unpleasant tasks is very much a human habit, after all. But the point is
that the task must be completed, and it is that knowledge and the
commitment and resolve it inspires that gets us past both the
procrastination and unpleasantness. Have we forgotten that the task of
defending civilization remains to be completed? Have we lost the
commitment and the resolve needed to accomplish it? I have to believe
that is not yet the case, that while the giant presently sleeps again it
will fight to the end once re-awakened.
It's just sad to see that another completely avoidable and needless
bloody lesson will first have to be re-learned. And even more so to see
what pathetic displays of mindless celebrity drivel are capable of
occupying our attention to the point that we have forgotten the lesson
in the first place.
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