Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Did He Just Say What I Think He Said?

In the middle of this otherwise inconsequential article is a stunner of a quote -

John Kerry - "Osama bin Laden should have been the complete focus of our effort in the war on terror."

That is so completely and utterly naive as to defy adequate superlatives. Does the junior Senator actually believe that Al Qaeda is the only radical Islamist faction plotting against us? Does he somehow believe that if we kill bin Laden, the rest of the terror types will just wilt away?

This catastrophically obtuse perspective represents a tremendous philosophical chasm between those dealing with real world implications of global terror and those, like Senators Kerry and Edwards, who are perpetually living in a pre-September 11th world. That perspective steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the cold hard truth that radical Islamic terror is a pervasive force that must be defeated wherever and whenever it rears its head. Global terror is not just Al Qaeda. The Global War on Terror CANNOT be just against al Qaeda.

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