TERRORISM PREVAILS ONLY AGAINST THE TIMID
By Christopher G. Adamo
The answer to the question, unfortunately, is that Saudi officials were not responding to the moral outrage of the situation, but rather to its economic fallout. In the wake of the Johnson beheading, foreigners have been leaving Saudi Arabia in droves, believing that they lack sufficient government protection from future attacks. Thus the government is compelled to display its ability to maintain a safe haven for non-citizens who are crucial to that nation’s industry and economy. Only the “almighty dollar” was able to prompt Saudi leadership to overcome its fear of terrorist backlash and deal resolutely with seditious al-Qa'ida members.
Though al-Qa'ida has been temporarily shaken, this pattern of reaction is the very thing the terrorist organization, and terrorists in general, bank on. Halfhearted responses from an overly cautious government have allowed terrorists to determine the unfolding of events to their greatest advantage. As nations recoil from gruesome barbarism, but do not retaliate, the organization is only emboldened and encouraged.
Despite the caterwauling of Liberals that the “Arab Street” would rise up in outrage against U.S. actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, reality still predominates, even in the minds of Islamist national leaders throughout the Middle East. Though their hatred of the West is no less intense than it ever was, neither do any of them want to step up to the plate and be the next regime to share the fate of the Taliban or Bathists. The actions of Muammar Qadhafi in Libya stand as inarguable proof of this.
Along the way, the terrorists have occasionally achieved sufficient victories to encourage them to continue the fight. Conversely, intelligence gained during interrogation of al-Qa'ida members since 9-11 clearly indicated that the terrorist organization was wholly unprepared for the magnitude of American response to the attacks. As a result, its intentions of carrying out follow-up actions were utterly thwarted. Only now, as American resolve is giving way to shameless partisan politicking by Democrats who aspire to make electoral gains this Fall, has al-Qa'ida shown signs of sufficiently regrouping and laying the groundwork for another attack.
In Spain, however, public reaction to a major terrorist attack was entirely different. Rewards for the barbaric Madrid bombings were instant and profound. Public sentiment turned from the Conservative government that had supported U.S. efforts in Iraq, and the Socialist Party swept into power. This move guaranteed that Spanish forces would be withdrawn from the conflict. Thus, a major enemy of the terrorists was neutralized, and they could proceed on to other targets.
Spanish capitulation, and the message it sent to the terrorists, could only have been a motivating factor in their efforts to use South Korean businessman Kim Sun-Il as a bargaining chip in order to prevent the South Korean government from sending several thousand civilian and military personnel into Iraq. South Korea’s refusal to change its plans resulted in the beheading of Kim Sun-Il. The proper response, in the wake of that horrific event, would be a resolute counterattack to convince the terrorists of the futility of any repeats of the atrocity.
The grimness of recent terrorist actions makes it understandable that many would wish only to turn from them and avoid any future recurrences. Reality and past experience, however, prove that no such retreat exists from those who would use brutality and intimidation in order to dominate, not only their own region, but the entirety of civilization.
Dire predictions of an upcoming terrorist event of enormous magnitude in the United States, regardless of Liberal/Democrat efforts to undermine their significance, suggest that some, at least, among this nation’s present leadership understand the methods Islamist operatives consider to be successful in altering the direction of a country. An effective defense is necessary, but, by itself, is altogether insufficient to maintain the integrity of the nation’s borders. It never worked for the Saudis. Only a proactive effort to pursue the terrorists will ever be adequate to keep their hideous activity from once again becoming a nightmare on the streets of America.
More on the Threat of Radical Islam
The Middle East & the Arabs
War & Peace in the Real World
Page Two Page One
Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
U.S. National Security Strategy
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1
LINKS TO PARTICULAR ISSUES & SUBJECT MATTER CATEGORIES
TREATED IN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, U.S.A.:
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law * Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * France
Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration
Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1