- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 28, 2001

Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times columnist, outdid himself with his Friday column, "We Are All Alone." We, that is the Bush administration and the Republican Party, are to blame "in part" that, except for the British, we are alone in the fight against terrorism. How come? Because, writes Mr. Friedman: "The unilateralist message the Bush team sent from its first day in office get rid of the Kyoto climate treaty, forget the biological treaty, forget arms control, and if the world doesn't like it that's tough has now come back to haunt us."
We get the message: Republican unilateralism leads to terrorism. Had we ratified Kyoto, Osama bin Laden would have been so appreciative he'd have warned off his suicide bombers, and had we remembered the biological treaty, the Saudi royal family would be so admiring they'd have handed us the dossiers of their homicidal citizens, and if we had remembered arms control, the streets of Cairo would have been jammed with Islamist marchers chanting "America akhbar," America is great. Had Bill Clinton or some other liberal Democrat been in the White House, none of this would have happened? How about all those terrorist incidents that occurred during the eight Clinton years, years which were devoted to a frantic hunt for the "vast right wing conspiracy"?
"And who can blame others," Mr. Friedman writes, "for wanting to shake down U.S. taxpayers when Dick Armey and his greedy band of House Republicans are doing the same thing?" And if it hadn't been for the greedy, unilateralist Republicans "pushing a stimulus bill with more tax breaks for the rich," to quote Mr. Friedman, we wouldn't be worrying about the lethality of talcum powder.
As the British essayist and editor Walter Bagehot once wrote, "Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind."

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