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Is the War Coming Home?

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Saturday, 15 May 2010 16:15
One of the infamous Abu Ghraib Prison torture images, 04/15/04. (photo: US Guards, Abu Ghraib)

One of the infamous Abu Ghraib Prison torture images, 04/15/04. (photo: US Guards, Abu Ghraib)

 

 

"We are being attacked over here because we are over there."

aisal Shahzad sought to massacre scores of fellow Americans in Times Square with a bomb made of M-88 firecrackers, non-explosive fertilizer, gasoline and alarm clocks.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a US airliner over Detroit with a firebomb concealed in his underpants. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot dead 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood and wounded 29.

Why did these men attempt the mass murder of Americans who did no harm to them? What impelled them to seek martyrdom amid a pile of American corpses?

Though all were Muslims, none seems to have been a longtime America-hater or natural-born killer. Hasan was proud to wear Army fatigues to mosque. Shahzad had become a US citizen. Abdulmutallab was the privileged son of a prominent Nigerian banker.

The New York Times ties all three to the Internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemen-based imam born and educated in the United States who inspires Muslims worldwide to jihad against America. But, following Sept. 11, al-Awlaki had been seen as a bridge between Islam and the West.

Now President Obama has authorized his assassination.

What do the four have in common?

All were converted in manhood into haters of America willing to kill and die in a jihad against America. And the probability is high that there are many more like them living amongst us who wish to bring the war in the Af-Pak here to America.

But what radicalized them? And why do they hate us?

Taking a cue from George W. Bush, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the Times Square bomber, "We will not be intimidated by those who hate the freedoms that make ... this country so great."

This was the mantra after Sept. 11. We are hated not because of what we do in the Middle East, but because of who we are: people who love freedom and stand for women's rights.

And that is why they hate us - and why they come to kill us.

In a way this is a comforting thought, because it absolves us of the need to think. For no patriotic American is going to demand we surrender our freedom to prevent fanatics from attacking us.

The Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens advances a parallel view. We are hated, he says, because of our popular culture.

We are loathed in the Islamic world, Stephens writes, because of "Lady Gaga - or, if you prefer, Madonna, Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker or any other American woman who has ... personified what the Egyptian Islamist writer Sayyid Qutb once called 'the American Temptress.'"

This hatred is at least 60 years old, says Stephens, for Qutb wrote even before "Elvis, Playboy, the pill, women's lib, acid tabs, gay rights, Studio 54, Jersey shore and ... Lady Gaga."

Qutb's revulsion at American degeneracy is why his legion of Islamic followers hate us.

Again, a comforting thought. For, if Lady Gaga is the problem, there is nothing we Americans can do about it.

Yet, this is as self-delusional as saying the FLN set off bombs in movie theaters and cafes in Algiers to kill the French because of what Brigitte Bardot was doing on screen in "And God Created Woman."

American's toxic culture may be a reason devout Muslims detest us. It is not why they come here to kill us. Mohammed Atta's friends did not target Hollywood, but centers and symbols of US military and political power.

US Marines were not attacked by Hezbollah until we inserted those Marines into Lebanon's civil war. No Iraqi committed an act of terror against us before we invaded Iraq. And if the Sept. 11 killers were motivated by hatred of the immorality of our society, what were they doing getting lap dances in Delray Beach?

Osama bin Laden declared war on us, first and foremost, to end the massive US presence on sacred Saudi soil that is home to Mecca and Medina.

Some may insist this was not his real motive. But, apparently, the Saudis believed him, for they quickly kicked us out of Prince Sultan Air Base.

As for the Taliban, they would surely make short work of Lady Gaga. But their stated grievance is the same as Gen. Washington's in our war with the British: If you want this war to end, get out of our country.

By Occam's razor, the simplest explanation is usually the right one. Looking at America's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Maj. Hasan, Abdulmutallab and Shahzad decided that what we call the war on terror was in reality a war on Islam.

All decided to use their access to exact retribution for our killing of their fellow Muslims.

We are being attacked over here because we are over there.

Nor is it a good sign that US intelligence is reporting that rising numbers of US Muslims are making Internet inquiries about how and where to get training to bring the war home to America.

 

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Patrick Buchanan is the author of the book "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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+14 # Guest 2010-05-16 02:26
Finally a logical assessment of what is going on. Thank you!
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-05-16 07:08
This assessment assumes the "attacks" were not assisted by the CIA, FBI with intent to manipulate public opinion. My research advises a great deal of skepticism of how corporate media is maunfacturing opnion. Nuff Said.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-05-16 05:20
Why did it take so long for criticism to be written publicly? Sure, there were protests even before the U.S. attacked Afghanistan, and especially before the attack on Iraq, but for the most part those protests were ignored by MSM. So why now? Has shame finally risen in their throats, or is it fear of what may lie ahead if the U.S. does not realize that killing thousands of innocents and demonizing all who want the U.S. out, and incinerating any who resent the take-over of their resources is THE main reason for growing worldwide hatred of the U.S.

Buchanan has written much that is ill informed, with a few exceptions, so I have to wonder why he just now decides to understand the problems of empire.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-05-16 06:19
Buchannan is the only honest conservative alive -- it seems. The US has become an empire; actually, it has formally been an empire since the Spanish American war of 110 years ago. All empires are hated and all empires misunderstand themselves. All empires deserve to be hated. The amount of violence that the US has brought to every corner of the earth far outwieghs all the previous empires piled on top on one another. It is time for the US empire to go.

One criticism of Buchannan. He's obviously not read Qutb but only taken the views of the neo-cons who fabricated another boogieman. Qutb is really a very great philosopher and not anti-american at all. Like Buchanan he hates American imperialism, torture, and cruelty. Qutb sees America as locked into a spiral of torture and death and it does not have the values to reverse itself. That is a true analysis.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-05-16 06:48
As much as I dislike and generally disagree with Pat Buchanan, on this one he has it exactly right. They hate American bases on their lands, they hate the American "innocence" (read arrogance) that there is nothing wrong with that, and they hate it that on all of their deals with us, they get the small end of the stick. Americans need to admit that all of this is to benefit the American economy and business community, not the locals, who are only the means to further enrich the U.S. They do not hate us for our freedoms, they hate us for the liberties we take with their lives, their resources, and their countries--with out their permission. Stop that, and the terrorism will stop.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-05-16 06:49
I have always been drawn to Pat Buchanan even though he is a Republican. He has a great sense of humor, and that separates him from the rest of those ghouls. I disagree with him on most things, but I believe he has a good heart, and I think that maybe he is beginning to wake up. I am very happy to read this article, it is one of his best.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-05-16 07:37
Nothing unifies the entire Arab world like the unconditional and unquestioning support of the Zionist state and its policies. Only a fool thinks its because of what Americans watch on T.V., what they wear, and the music they listen to. And then there are the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. The dislike of Americans worldwide may have more to do with body count and little to do with choice of government, music and wardrobe.
Greed and self interest are the defining qualities that make American policy unpopular. 'Empire' is a word that is never used in America to describe itself. It is the only country that refuses to do so. That may explain polar opposites between America and the world.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-05-16 08:14
''sometimes I think there are no words but these to tell whats true,and there are no truths outside the gates of eden''
Bob Dylan
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-05-16 08:32
huh?
I'm an american. I didn't vote for GWB or his dad the CIA spook. I don't listen to Lady Gaga. Don't wear provocative clothes. I don't support our foreign policies in most situations worldwide. I don't think our economic policies are humane. If I were a foreigner, I wouldn't waste my time trying to blow up America. The Republicans are blowing it to bits from the inside out.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-05-16 10:05
Pat Buchanan, welcome to the side of reason! Now keep spreading the word. One generation and one administration after another, all the US does is apply force. Try peace. Turn over our foreign military bases to the host countries and stop killing people.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-05-16 11:30
If WE Americans were to take OUR Country and OUR Government back from the control of Global Corporations, perhaps much of this would end. For, it is the greed of Huge Global Corporations which drive Our endless Military escapades anywhere and everywhere there's a place to spend Blood For The Treasure of Corporate Contracts and control of Profitable Resources...

We could simply begin by doing the 3 most important things RIGHT NOW..!

1. TAKE ALL BUT PUBLIC FUNDING OUT OF ELECTIONS.

2. BREAKUP THE FEW MEDIA EMPIRES WHICH NOW CONTROL ALMOST ALL MEDIA ENTERPRISES IN AMERICA-- INTO ITSY BITSY, TEENY WEENY, MEDIA BITS AND PIECES OWNED BY HUNDREDS OF SEPARATE, DIFFERENT, DIVERSE ENTITIES... AND BRING BACK A STRONG FAIRNESS DOCTRINE IN MEDIA WHICH REQUIRES 'TRUTH IN ADVERTISING'.., INCLUDING POLITICAL ADVERTISING...

3. RE-REGULATE ALL THAT IS CORPORATE, END THE 'PERSONHOOD' OF GLOBAL CORPORATIONS AND BREAK UP ALL 'TOO BIG TO FAIL' ANYTHINGS..!
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-05-16 21:02
Well m, in the words of George Bush, you've hit the trifecta! Bravo, exactly, right on, spot on, etc.!
I would modify point number one only to read: Take all but public funding out of elections; allow not a dime of lobby money to ever be turned over to a member of the government or a political party (not even the dinner tab) and, criminalize any possibility of a politician to ever leave public service to then be employed by any lobbying organization or corporate interest with so much as a hint of a political agenda.

What we need is an impenetrable wall between the monied and the politicians.

What is needed is ammendments to the Constitution. What is needed is the organization of the likeminded to a point where boycotting voting and taxation becomes so severe a deterent to ignoring the obligation of our government to be of, by and for the people, that governance is crippled without compliance. The system will ignore us until it is hurt enough to act.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-05-16 12:19
During the bush Dictatorship, the media was under tight control and those who spoke out were reprimanded. bush, in his moronic state, kept bringing up God. That in itself is enough to cause the Muslim world to feel that it is a 'Holy War.' Yet as Pat Buchanan has said, It's because American troops are on Arab land. That, is the Truth of the problem. Another Truth of the problem is the American govt. support of Israel. That should end. The sad Truth is that American citizens are losing freedoms, Look at Arizonas' new immigrant law. With our govt. history, that law will soon apply to All Americans.
So, let's listen to the Truth! Pull out of the Arab nations, dump Israel and just for fun, give them Lady Gaga.
Peace
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-05-16 13:08
The continuing support and arming of the most repressive governments known to mankind in the Middle East for commercial reasons is the cause of the hatred. Please explain why some 16 of the 20, 9/11 attackers were from Saudi Arabia. We must stop aiding repression and terrorism such as the original Taliban for short term convenience which now has become the enemy. Totally support M's views.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-05-16 13:20
Unfortunately, many of the suggestions made, especially those by #m require congressional action. But eh congress is already in the hands of the enemy- the oil companies, the military-indust rial complex, et al. Until we take back the elections, and require free TV time for all candidates, so that they don't need the excessive amounts of money to run, we are screwed.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-05-16 13:28
There's hope for America. Pat Buchanan is actually thinking and saying words that are thoughtful, reasoned. Readers comments also are well balanced analytical criticisms. As one commentator put it we had no problems with the Muslim people until we put Israel in Palestine and forcing people out of their homes. We should have negotiated and bought the land, because we are spending more now in fighting the results of the takeover.
 
 
+2 # gaga1996 2010-05-16 15:22
That's a good point you make -- about negotiating for the land. Too bad no one thought of that at the time. I wonder if reparations now would be practical?
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-05-16 22:33
The West has been in conflict with Islam since before the Carolingians stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe in the late 700s. Islam has been attempting, one way or another, to subjugate the West since then. It crushed all of Christian Palestine, Africa, and most of Byzantium, Spain, southern France.

Religions are so happy, so good for everyone.

Try to see the last 50 years in that context.
 
 
+3 # gaga1996 2010-05-16 14:46
No intelligent, fairminded, thinking person, no matter what their political leaning be, could honestly argue with the legitimacy and fundamental truth of this writer's viewpoint.

If we, as Americans, as Christians or Jews or Muslims, as Democrats or Republicans, as men or women -- if we could be honest with ourselves, with each other, and with our purported enemies, then the world could begin to heal, and so could we.
 
 
-6 # Guest 2010-05-16 17:28
Er, we weren't "there" when they came here on September 11, 2001....
 
 
-5 # Guest 2010-05-16 18:21
Albert Weaver says "As one commentator put it we had no problems with the Muslim people until we put Israel in Palestine and forcing people out of their homes." "we" didn't put Israel in Palestine. Jewish people had been there for years, farming on previously unusable land. The United Nations divided the land for Jews and Muslims, and the Muslims wouldn't accept it. Muslims were even invited to stay in the land ceded to the Jews, but their leaders told them to leave so they could all "fight to drive the Jews into the sea". Well, they all fought, and the result was that the Jews, now known as Israelis, ended up with more land than they had been ceded in the first place. Let's at least try to keep history accurate.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-05-16 19:10
THe United Nations can not cede anything to anyone. Keep the record straight. They do not have ownership of anything.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-05-16 18:45
Alex, you haven't been paying attention. Yes, we sure were in Saudi Arabia beore 9/11 - that was Bin Laden's big beef.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-05-16 19:46
#Alex Labry. We were bombing the crap out of Iraq & had troops on Saudi soil for years before 9-11-01. #ab-Jews & Palestinians lived in peace side by side until Israel claimed National Independence and started their Terrorist attacks against the British. Lets try to keep history accurate, please.
 
 
-3 # Guest 2010-05-16 21:56
Buchanan is an isolationist. We are at war with China, not Islam.

The premise above is that America's wars are merely imperial. Iraq/Af-Pak are battles over dwindling planetary resources being fought for bitterly by superpowers far worse than us, even at our worst. Islam is the collateral damage in this scuffle for oil. But it would be far better for the West to win the Oil War than China or Russia.

While America's history of democracy is spotted (btw its empire began long before 1898), China has *no* history of democracy at all, and Russia's is a gang-ridden joke. Why do you think we allied with India? Because we'd like them to have nuclear energy? That alliegance significantly shifts the power balance. India is China's regional enemy.

The totalitarian behemoth fighting us in the Oil War in Af/Pak, Africa, and elsewhere will be orders of magnitude worse as world rulers than America.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-05-17 08:19
I am very pleased to see Patrick Buchanan, with whom I have mostly disagreed in the past, articulate a sensible and reasoned analysis of why the United States has incurred the deadly wrath of Muslims. I hope he persuades his Conservative followers to his point of view. He has done a great service, far more than if these words were written by a Liberal. Then, it would be simply more preaching to the choir, and that's not working.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-05-17 14:23
America should be happy to know the truth because it puts the answer to the problem right within the power of the Whitehouse and Pentagon to handle. Stop warring over there and no more foreign terrorism over here. Simple eh?
 

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