From the Author of SC&A: September 11, 2012: Nothing Has Changed
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” - John F Kennedy
Eleven years later and nothing has changed for most Americans. It is true that many Americans are without direction and still others are so self hating they wish with all their might we fail our destiny.
This nation is still the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
This nation has contributed to the deliverance of more people from oppression to freedom than any other nation in history.
This nation is home to a citizenship that enjoys more freedoms than any other nation on earth.
This nation, over all others, is the preferred destination for more people seeking freedom and opportunity than any other nation in the world.
This nation did not change on September 11, 2001. On that day, who and what we are as a nation became clear. Contrast our identity, values and morality with those who sought to harm us.
This nation does not fear vigorous debate, free speech or disagreement.
This nation welcomes immigrants and offers them opportunities for success that can be found nowhere else.
This nation, home to the world’s ‘wretched refuse’ is home to the most successful immigrant classes in history…
…terror is not brought on by poverty. Hostages are not taken and held, to be traded for economic aid. Planes aren’t flown into buildings in response to GDP of the free markets of the western world versus the GDP of the many tyrannies of the Muslim world.
Terrorists aims are deliberately misrepresented by those with agendas. The terrorists don’t want to see western values and successes brought into their world, because success lessens the hold they have on entire populations. The terrorists have much on common with the failed and dysfunctional leaders they claim to hate. They are fighting to prevent an empowered and educated population. Religious freedoms, individual rights and human rights are anathema to radical ideologies. Those ideologies demands the murder of those whose behavior they find offensive, best administered in a cruel and brutal fashion.
Terror has never had anything to do with economics or even politics, per se. Terror has always been about power and ideologies that the terrorists and their supporters and apologists want to impose. It is true that the terrorists will use the terms to distract from that reality, terms like ‘economic disadvantages’ or whatever else they believe will sound plausible as part of their justification for their outrage, but that is all for show. If they really cared about the politically and economically oppressed and disadvantaged, they would build businesses and fund opportunities. They would not build bombs and fund terror.