PARTISAN POLITICS & GREAT BLASTS OF HOT AIR:
JOHN KERRY'S "LIBERAL PATRIOTISM" MALARKEY
By Christopher G. Adamo
Among the most memorable statements of President Bush’s September 20, 2001, address to the joint session of Congress was his warning to the terrorists: “You can run, but you can’t hide.” Conversely, Australian Prime Minister John Howard realizes that, although the civilized peoples of the world would have preferred to avoid this conflict, they have no choice but to confront it. Hiding is also not an option for them.
Prime Minister Howard has proven himself, in recent years, to be not only a steadfast and principled Conservative, but also a staunch supporter of America’s efforts to defeat the forces of militant Islam. Few major players on the world scene have done as much as Howard to courageously face this common enemy of the civilized world, while articulating the absolute necessity of doing so in bold and convincing terms.
So, does Kerry, who ostensibly desires to see the anti-terror coalition broadened and thus strengthened, extend thanks and encouragement to Howard? In a statement that virtually parroted the threats of Islamist leaders, he warned Australia that its cooperation with the United States of America could only make it more of a target of terrorists who are waging war against Western Civilization.
In essence, Kerry not only carried the water for those murderous organizations, he gave political ammunition to advocates of appeasement within Australia who would cut and run from the terrorists, in the hopes that they wouldn’t be among the first targets, but might instead be saved for last. With Australia’s national elections coming up in only a few weeks, Kerry’s actions may well serve to incite fear in the population and thus adversely affect Howard’s chances for reelection. Would Kerry have Australia capitulate to the wishes of terrorists out of fear, as did the people of Spain in the wake of the Madrid bombings?
In spite of such convoluted posturing, we are supposed to believe that John Kerry, through some unknown miracle of diplomatic expertise, will garner the cooperation of France and Germany in the rebuilding of Iraq. Yet both nations have unwaveringly asserted their absolute opposition to any Iraqi involvement, regardless of who the next American President is. Moreover, Kerry’s chastisement of Howard can only be interpreted as further reason for France and Germany to avoid involvement.
If Kerry’s words to Howard are any indication of how he intends to treat nations who remain loyal to America, what possible result can be expected but to have fewer allies as time goes on?
In truth, Kerry knows full well that the only real consequence of his comments (assuming anybody takes his rhetoric seriously) would be to shrink the present coalition and thus undermine President Bush’s struggle to keep the forces of Islamic terrorism on the run. But such is the despicable position into which Bush’s opponent has managed to corner himself -- in an end game that puts him on the same side as America’s enemies.
Any candidate truly concerned with America’s eventual triumph in the unavoidable conflict against the malignancy of militant Islam would laud such support as is presently coming from Australia, and recognize as self-serving and underhanded the actions of the French and Germans. But Kerry is not such a man.
In the past few weeks, the media has made much of the grim milestone of the thousandth American casualty since U.S. forces invaded Iraq. Less coverage has been given to the fact that, on this third anniversary of 9-11, follow up attacks have clearly been prevented. And even a single attack of that nature could potentially triple that number of casualties in a single day. American resolve, along with the support of its allies, has been key to prevailing against the murderous activities of the terrorists.
If John Kerry had his way, he would weaken and undermine America’s present alliances in the terror war, while neutralizing this nation’s ability to make sovereign decisions by subordinating it to France, Germany, and the United Nations. But of course none of this should be construed as questioning his “patriotism.”
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