Ed Koch Has a Valid Question...
- Preserve our country's values while not jeopardizing its
By Ed Koch
Sept. 1, 2006
Why do so many Americans refuse to face the fact that our country is
at war with international terrorism?
The leading terrorist group, al-Qaeda, is fighting us on the ground
in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Both Iran and North Korea are
threatening nuclear war. And yet many Americans, including some
Congressional Democrats, denounce President Bush, and in so doing,
weaken our country's ability to resist Islamic fascism. One
Congressional Democrat, John Conyers of Michigan, announced his
intention to impeach the President when Republicans lose control of
both Houses of Congress.
There is something terribly wrong with people seeking to demean and
weaken the president in war time, thereby strengthening our
country's enemies. As a result of the language and tactics of those
opposed to our presence in Iraq, our enemies have been emboldened,
believing the American public to be sharply divided on the war, and
in fact at war with itself. To other countries, Americans appear
pitted against one another not in an election, but in a verbal
bloodbath, convincing the world we are impotent -- a paper tiger.
The tyrannical forces in Iran led by its president, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, make clear that if they can destroy us, they will.
Ahmadinejad has said about the U.S., "...Is it possible for us to
witness a world without America and Zionism?...you had best know
that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be
achieved..." Ahmadinejad has also stated his goal of destroying the
state of Israel several times, saying, "...Israel must be wiped off
If a sovereign nation makes such threats, do those who are
threatened have to wait until the missiles are in the air before
taking action? Or may threatened states defend themselves with
The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran stop developing
nuclear technology leading to the creation of a nuclear bomb. Iran
has refused, notwithstanding threatened sanctions. Iran's
conventional missiles can already reach Europe and Israel. Must
Israel wait until the world knows exactly when Iran's bomb has been
built? Experts estimate that it may take years or as little as six
months. No one knows with certainty when the cobra will be able to
strike. Iran has lied to the U.N. about its nuclear development
efforts before. Is there anyone who believes it is not prepared to
lie in the future or is currently lying?
Many of those who attack the president, hoping to make him
ineffective and bring him down, are opposed to our alliance with
Israel. You can verify that and the signs of anti-Semitism by
looking at the banners and listening to the anti-Israel invective in
the speeches in the street demonstrations and marches against the
war in Iraq and President Bush. Regrettably, many of those marchers
are blind to the terrorism that faces the Western civilization,
sympathize with it, or fear it less than they despise the
governmental leaders of the U.S.
Recently, Scotland Yard arrested 25 British-born Muslims in the
midst of plotting to blow up over the Atlantic Ocean ten U.S.-bound
airplanes filled with approximately 4,000 people. The British
authorities have indicted 14 and continue with its investigation of
11 more, having released several suspects. In a recent poll of
British Muslims by NOP Research, broadcast by British Channel 4-TV
on August 7, "Forty-five percent say 9/11 was a conspiracy by the
American and Israeli governments. This figure is more than twice as
high as those who say it was not a conspiracy. Tragically, almost
one in four British Muslims believe that last year's 7/7 attacks on
London were justified because of British support for the U.S.-led
war on terror."
I know of no comparable poll taken in the American Muslim community,
which numbers 2 to 6 million. There are certainly enough Muslims
here to poll. Are we afraid to learn the results?
When the government engages in racial and ethnic profiling at our
airports, there is an outcry among those who call themselves civil
libertarians. They seek to shame us, citing the actions taken in
World War II against Japanese-American citizens. The difference is
that no Japanese-American engaged in a single hostile act against
the U.S. in World War II.
We know today that the 19 terrorists who brought the World Trade
Center towers down were Muslims. We know that Muslims planned and
implemented the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the U.S.S. Cole
in Yemen and the army barracks in Saudi Arabia. So when our counter
intelligence investigates alleged terrorist groups, shouldn't
suspected Muslim groups be first on the list?
At airports, shouldn't those who speak Arabic or are identified by
trained inspectors by clothing, actions, appearance or information
as Muslims receive special attention? Most will undoubtedly be
innocent, and understandably affronted and inconvenienced.
Nevertheless, it is the rational measure to take when we are at war.
Protecting the nation does not mean silence in the face of
criminality on the part of the U.S. military forces or improper
government action. It means exercising restraint, responsibility,
good faith and respect for other people. It means not seeking
political gain at the expense of the nation's security in war time.
Knowing what to do can be likened to Mr. Justice Potter Stewart's
statement in a pornography case. Said he, "I know it when I see it."
We should not say "My country right or wrong," as Commander Stephen
Decatur did, but we should preserve our country's values while not
jeopardizing its very existence. JewishWorldReview.com