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Clinton evaded Iran’s role because he wanted what he called “a genuine reconciliation.” In public, of course, he continued to vow that he would find and punish the guilty. This inaction of Clinton’s is comparable to his action after bin Laden’s attack on U.S. embassies in East Africa; his action was the gingerly bombing of two meaningless targets.

Conservatives are equally responsible for today’s crisis, as Reagan’s record attests. Reagan not only failed to retaliate after 241 U.S. marines in Lebanon were slaughtered; he did worse. Holding that Islamic guerrillas were our ideological allies because of their fight against the atheistic Soviets, he methodically poured money and expertise into Afghanistan. This put the U.S. wholesale into the business of creating terrorists. Most of them regarded fighting the Soviets as only the beginning; our turn soon came.

For over a decade, there was another guarantee of American impotence: the notion that a terrorist is alone responsible for his actions, and that each, therefore, must be tried as an individual before a court of law. This viewpoint, thankfully, is fading; most people now understand that terrorists exist only through the sanction and support of a government.
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  • Posted by $ 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    The conclusion:
    There is still time to demonstrate that we take the war against terrorism seriously—as a sacred obligation to our Founding Fathers, to every victim of the men who hate this country, and to ourselves. There is still time to make the world understand that we will take up arms, anywhere and on principle, to secure an American’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on earth.

    The choice today is mass death in the United States or mass death in the terrorist nations. Our Commander-In-Chief must decide whether it is his duty to save Americans or the governments who conspire to kill them.
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    • Posted by j_IR1776wg 1 month, 3 weeks ago
      But when the phone rings at 3:00 AM, there will be no one with the courage to answer it. Those awake and partially compos mentis will be too busy explaining why they had no choice but to take a knee and welcome slavery.

      The destructively evil always seem to win, not by force, but by intimidating their opponents into surrender.

      Resoluteness has been cancelled.
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      • Posted by $ 1 month, 3 weeks ago
        Yes, and very often in routine or trivial debate, the argument from intimidation is dominant. How many times do you see or hear "just be kind" during any week? Self-righteous narcissism is everywhere.
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