Monday, October 18, 2004

There is no one better at highlighting the absurd in American ploitics, particularly in the modern Democratic Party than Mark Steyn. In today's Chicago Sun-Times, Steyn exposes Kerry for what he is: the leader of the group of American's who wish to return (and believe we can) to a pre-September 11th world, when we mistakingly believed we were at piece and terrorists were little more than a "nuisance". Steyn uses humor and an incredibly sharp wit to eviscerate Kerry's beleif that terror can one day be a nuisance like prostitution or illegal gambling:

'We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance. As a former law enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise.''

So the senator has now made what was hitherto just a cheap crack from his opponents into formal policy: The Democrats are the Sept. 10 party.

The ''I'll hunt down and kill America's enemies'' line was written for him and planted on his lips. The ''It's just a nuisance like prostitution'' line is his, and how he really thinks of the issue. What an odd analogy. Your average jihadist won't take kindly to having his martyrdom operation compared with the decadent infidels' sex industry, but the rest of us shouldn't be that happy about it either. Kerry is correct in the sense that even if you dispatched every constable in the land to crack down on prostitution there'd still be some pox-ridden whore somewhere touting for business. But, on the other hand, applying the Kerry prostitute approach to terrorists would seem to leave rather a lot of them in place. In Boston, where he served as a ''law enforcement person,'' the Yellow Pages are full of lavish display ads for not-all-that-euphemistic ''escort services.'' In other words, while you can make an argument for a ''managerial'' approach to terrorism, the analogy with prostitution sounds more like an undeclared surrender. This is aside from the basic defect of the argument: If some gal in your building is working as a prostitute, that's a nuisance -- condoms in the elevator, johns in the lobby; if Islamists seize the schoolhouse and kill your kids, even if it only happens once every couple of years, ''nuisance'' doesn't quite cover it.

And, as Kerry says, we've been here before: in the '90s. Back then, every so often al-Qaida blew up some military housing, a ship, couple of embassies, etc., and the Bill Clinton team shrugged it off as a nuisance. No matter how flamboyantly Osama bin Laden sashayed down the sidewalk in his fishnets and mini-skirt he couldn't catch the administration's eye. In 2000, after 17 sailors were killed on the U.S.S. Cole, Defense Secretary Bill Cohen said the attack "was not sufficiently provocative" to warrant a response.

that is the danger we face if John Kerry is elected. His belief that the 1990's were a period when terrorists were "just a nuisance" ignores the fact that during that decade al-Qaeda grew to be a deadly threat, that we were attacked repeatedly and that the plans for September 11th were hatched. Terrorism will never be a nuisance becaus e the loss of one American life at the hands of a terrorist is more than a nuisance and the threat of a terrorist cell in the United States using a WMD to wipe out tens of thousands in an instant makes the idea that we should return to the compacency of the 1990's ludicrous and dangerous.

Like Mark Steyn I believe that if John Kerry is elected more Americans will die at the hands of terrorists, and like Mark Steyn I do not believe that the American people will choose to entrust their security with him.

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