- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

On a day filled with so much tragedy and sorrow as Sept. 11, it is too much to expect shocked political leaders to show comprehension of such dramatic events in their public statements. But if we are to avoid more and worse tragedies, we as a people, as well as our government officials, must understand our situation and how it come about. Otherwise, the main impact of the war against terrorism will be the diminution of our own civil liberties.

Our government must get over its notion that terrorism is a crime to be dealt with legalistically through law enforcement. Terrorists are conducting war in the only way militarily weak movements can against a superpower.

We have been at war without acknowledging it. We routinely bomb Iraq and are allied with a besieged Israel. We support the Saudis and ensure the oil flows to the West. For these reasons and a number of others, we are at odds with various Muslim groups. The war has now been brought home to us.

We can change our foreign policies and make peace with these groups, or we can reply to acts of war with war, and not with law enforcement.

To conduct such a war would not be easy. We would have to search out and destroy terrorist camps and infrastructure in foreign countries and assassinate leaders and collaborators.

Much of this warfare would have to be conducted in the U.S. and Canada. In January 2000, counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson testified before the House Judiciary Committee that Canadian and American immigration policies — or lack thereof — had made both countries havens for such terrorist groups as the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Algerian Armed Islamic Group, the Egyptian Al Gamat, and, of course, Bin Laden's illusive Al Qaida group.

Can the United States identify and crack down on compartmentalized terrorist cells organized within mainstream religious and civil rights organizations? All the terrorists are legally privileged "preferred minorities" according to U.S. Justice Department definitions and long-established civil-rights enforcement. How can federal agencies "racially profile" "preferred minorities," spy on them and infiltrate their organizations and support groups without suspending the civil rights laws as currently enforced?

A foolish immigration policy and unconstitutional racial quotas have allowed terrorists to establish "Fifth Columns" throughout our own country.

The ability of the U.S. to conduct this war is hamstrung by other weaknesses. The morning after the tragedy, the Wall Street Journal asked, "How could the CIA and FBI have no advance indication of so large an event?"

It is easy to answer this question. Has the Journal forgotten Democratic Sen. Frank Church and the Church Committee that emasculated the CIA in the mid-1970s? The CIA had some (absurd) plans to assassinate Fidel Castro. The American political left was incensed and castrated the Agency. The FBI, or course, is too busy infiltrating "white supremacist" groups to undertake the politically incorrect action of spying on preferred minorities. The political establishment gave the FBI fits for spying on Martin Luther King's communist affiliations. Obviously, the FBI shied away from taking on another minority group.

Noting the connection between racial hatred and terrorism, the Wall Street Journal thanked those Arab leaders who sent condolences but told them that they "need to understand that their societies carefully nurture and inculcate resentments and hatreds against America."

The Journal could say the same thing about our own universities and much of our own culture. It is commonplace — indeed, obligatory — in American universities to revile the white male of European descent as the evil hegemon of history, the oppressor of women and minorities.

We can pretend that the demonization of American whites is nothing but the silly rantings of academics. But the plain fact is that a guilt-ridden people are no match for fanatical opponents who believe in their cause.

The likely victims of our war against terrorism are the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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