- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2001

Nobles: The foot soldiers in our war against terrorism. They are going for us. They are going for the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center and the heroes aboard United flight 93. They are going for those who are still grieving, for those who simply cannot go.

Some of them might not come back. They know this; they knew it when they signed up in a recruiting station or accepted an appointment at a military academy.

They followed their call to honor and duty and country. They chose to be the talons of the eagle, the sword of the republic even if it meant danger, even if it brought them harm.

They are going because they believe in something greater than themselves. They believe in America and in the best that it represents.

Our thoughts, our prayers go with them. That they will be safe. That they will be victorious. And that they will soon return home to the honor that they have earned.

Knaves: The hypersensitive sophists in our society.

During a briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was informed by an overanxious reporter that the name "Infinite Justice" had offended some Islamic scholars who believe that only Allah can grant "infinite justice." Mr. Rumsfeld could have pointed out that most monotheistic religions believe the same thing, and yet few Protestants are protesting outside the Pentagon. Even better, he should have suggested that if the Islamic scholars do have a point, then it will surely be up to God to do his duty once the participants in Operation Infinite Justice had done their best.

Astonishingly, Mr. Rumsfeld simply surrendered, telling the reporter that the name might well be changed because the United States does not want to create misunderstandings or offend anyone. Unfortunately, President Bush had a similar experience earlier this week, when he managed to use the word "crusade" during a meeting with Muslim leaders. The White House subsequently apologized for the president's lack of sensitivity at this moment of national crisis.

No one wishes to repeat the internment and injustices committed against Japanese Americans during World War II, and no one will. There is a world of difference between jailing people based upon the color of their skin and inadvertently hurting their feelings based on their religion especially at a time of war.

Let us be blunt. The United States was deliberately attacked by barbaric terrorists with radical Muslim affiliations who killed thousands of innocent American civilians in an unforgivable outrage. To demand that our first concern should be not to hurt feelings and ethnic sensitivity is bizarre in the extreme. You would think that those truly concerned with the harm done to their fellow Americans would be too preoccupied even to notice.

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