the price of appeasement
the price of appeasement
A statement attributed to al-Qaeda threatened more attacks in New York and Washington unless America stops supporting Israel and converts to Islam, an Arab TV reporter who received the unsigned document said.
Yosri Fouda, correspondent for the satellite station Al-Jazeera, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he received the six-page document Wednesday. That was a day after the TV station broadcast an audiotape purportedly made by Osama bin Laden.
Some quotes pulled from the statement, which hasn't been made available in its entirety yet:
Stop your support for Israel against the Palestinians, for Russians against the Chechens and leave us alone, or expect us in Washington and New York.
Do not force us to ship you in coffins.
You are placing Muslims under siege in Iraq where children die every day. Oh how weird that you don't care for 1.5 million Iraqi children who died under siege. But when 3,000 of your compatriots died, the whole world was shaken .
[Fouda] added the statement demanded U.S. troops leave the Arabian Peninsula, and justified the killings of American civilians because they pay taxes that finance military operations.
So, all you placard-wearing cowards at Indymedia and Michael Moore, Babs, the Berekely Brigade...how is this appeasement thing working out for you? You still think it's a good idea? You ready to convert to Islam?
This is what appeasement leads to. It gives terrorists reason to think that they can make demands on us. For every anti-war protester marching in the streets; for every idealist school teacher that heads over to Iraq to offer hugs and flowers; for every celebrity who thinks we should put down our weapons and just try to talk it out, they laugh at us. They laugh and they plot and they think we must be the most spineless, cowardly world power ever.
Appeasement gives power to your enemy. If you give a screaming child in the supermarket a toy just to shut him up, he will only turn his temper up a notch much faster the next time, knowing you will cave in and reward him for his obnoxious behavior.
Does it make me a monster for being willing to wipe out some innocent people in pursuit of our enemies - enemies who have the power to bring us down one city at a time? If there was ever a time to be selfish, this is it. I'm sorry, but I would much rather protect the life and future of my own children by taking out our enemies than trying once again to bargain with them in order to spare the lives of others.
Is this what it comes down to? Whose children do you want to protect? Why would you choose the children of a foreign, enemy country than your own? Are you that willing to sacrifice your own children in the name of peace?
They are coming for us. I do not take these threats lightly because they have already came for us once before, with success. We already know what al-Qaeda is capable of. Iraq has ten times the power and force of al-Qaeda. Why wait? Why wait until another building crumbles? Why wait until our children are dying of smallpox or our cities are burning? What is so wrong in wanting to prevent another September 11 or something worse than that?
By mentioning Iraq in the statements, al-Qaeda has aligned the two enemies. They are one and the same and should be treated as such. There is a war on terror going on, and a war should not include attempts at appeasement.
When the Golden Gate Bridge is thrown into the water, when Disneyland and Hollywood are nothing but ashes, the leftist will be lined up to blame the U.S. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation as far as the lefties are concerned.
I no longer care about what becomes of the victims of war on foreign soil. Excuse me while I practice a little surivival of the fittest and care more about my own children, my own neighbors and fellow Americans than I care about people living among those who want us dead.
Appeasement will not be done in my name. War will. And I hope we don't stop until every last terrorist is dead and buried.
Are you lefties ready to convert to Islam? Are you ready to hail Saddam and bin Laden as your leaders? Are you ready to become one of them?