Stu Bykofsky, a writer for the Philadelphia Daily News just wrote an article that shocked, amazed, and angered me enough to shake off this writers block I’ve been dealing with. Now normally I enjoy reading Stu, even when I disagree with him I enjoy reading him but this time he just.doesn’t.get.it. Here’s a little headline teaser from the article he wrote to start with. Read my whole post…my anger isn’t over what you might think it is.
Stu Bykofsky | To save America, we need another 9/11
ONE MONTH from The Anniversary, I’m thinking another 9/11 would help America.
Ok at first glance, the title grabs you and makes you want to read more (he’s a good writer, he knows how to grab you by the cahones). The angst over 9-11 still burns inside many of us, many of us still cry that day or remember people we lost then or have lost in the wars since. However your feelings about 9-11 he has you after that teaser, then he goes on to try and explain what he means before you start running for pitchforks and torches.
What kind of a sick bastard would write such a thing?
A bastard so sick of how splintered we are politically – thanks mainly to our ineptitude in Iraq – that we have forgotten who the enemy is.
It is not Bush and it is not Hillary and it is not Daily Kos or Bill O’Reilly or Giuliani or Barack. It is global terrorists who use Islam to justify their hideous sins, including blowing up women and children.
Now at this point, I’m nodding my head in agreement. All my dislike or disagreements with the left notwithstanding. They aren’t the biggest threat facing America right now. Islamic Jihadists are. Now I’m thinking Stu might be serving up a big plate of red meat that I can enjoy. Then he takes it away from me with this.
Iraq has fractured the U.S. into jigsaw pieces of competing interests that encourage our enemies. We are deeply divided and division is weakness.
Most Americans today believe Iraq was a mistake. Why?
Not because Americans are “anti-war.”
Americans have turned their backs because the war has dragged on too long and we don’t have the patience for a long slog. We’ve been in Iraq for four years, but to some it seems like a century. In contrast, Britain just pulled its soldiers out of Northern Ireland where they had been, often being shot at, almost 40 years.
That’s not the American way.
In Iraq, we don’t believe our military is being beaten on the battleground. It’s more that there is no formal “battleground.” There is the drip of daily casualties and victory is not around the corner. Americans are impatient. We like fast food and fast war.
Americans loved the 1991 Gulf War. It raged for just 100 hours when George H.W. Bush ended it with a declaration of victory. He sent a half-million troops into harm’s way and we suffered fewer than 300 deaths.
America likes wars shorter than the World Series.
The public isn’t down on the war because it’s gone on for 4 years, nor is it the casualties we’ve suffered! Hell it’s not even because we don’t see “victory around the corner”. It’s because for 4 years we’ve been shown nothing positive coming out of Iraq. It’s not that it’s not there, we’re not seeing it! Stu’s own “peoples paper” spends more time on “sexy singles” lately then it does on showing anything positive in Iraq. Where are the reports about schools opened up? Women getting to vote and actually speak their mind? Old enemies becoming allies and turning on Al-Qaeda? For these people savvy enough to surf the web we can see from folks like Pat Dollard and Michael Yon who are out there with our troops that Al-Qaeda is being decimated in Iraq and is on the run. Yet the Daily News lists nothing but recent American or British deaths in Iraq. Hell Stu can’t even bring himself to say Al-Qaeda is our enemy in his article!
We knew who the enemy was shortly after 9/11.
Because we have mislaid 9/11, we have endless sideshow squabbles about whether the surge is working, if we are “safer” now, whether the FBI should listen in on foreign phone calls, whether cops should detain odd-acting “flying imams,” whether those plotting alleged attacks on Fort Dix or Kennedy airport are serious threats or amateur bumblers. We bicker over the trees while the forest is ablaze.
He’s right that the forest which is our civilization is on fire, yet he won’t name the arsonist! This is part of the “squabbles” he’s talking about, the inability to name our enemy. Say it with me won’t you? Al-quaeda or even Islamic Jihadists if you need that baby step first. So much of the problem that many Americans are having with Iraq is that we’ve forgotten the name of our enemy and in doing so we’ve made them stronger. Given them a power they did not have. As children many of us were afraid of “the monster under the bed/in the closet”. It didn’t have a name, it was just “a monster”. If our parent’s had called it “bob” perhaps we might not of been as afraid of it? Let’s be upfront in our media coverage, let’s call the enemy by name to take away the fear of the unknown boogeymen who want to hurt us.
In the months after 9-11 we called our enemy by it’s name and we felt, not fear, but a righteous anger. Somewhere we stopped using the name and the enemy became the Enemy. Now our troops are dying in Iraq, but it’s not a definitive enemy but some sort of mysterious nebulous force that we can’t put our fingers on it seems. Of course that couldn’t be further from the truth! We’ve slaughtered the enemy wherever we have found him. Yes more pop up, but our military has more bullets and the ratio of enemy dead to our dead weighs far far in our balance. Rather then media outlets like the Daily News or the tv stations blaring just the numbers of our dead, how about also blaring the number of enemies killed? How about reports being done on Al-quaeda fleeing and running and hiding from our forces? At this point I would just be happy to see our elected “leaders” like Harry Reid not declaring that we’ve lost the war!
Stu goes on to finish up his article with this:
America’s fabric is pulling apart like a cheap sweater.
What would sew us back together?
Another 9/11 attack.
The Golden Gate Bridge. Mount Rushmore. Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Philadelphia subway system. The U.S. is a target-rich environment for al Qaeda.
Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?
If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America’s righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.
The unity brought by such an attack sadly won’t last forever.
The first 9/11 proved that. *
Seems his whole basis for saying we’d be better off being attacked again is that it would “pull us back together”. I totally disagree. The right would blame the left saying that “their weakness caused our Enemies to strike again” and the left would “denounce the Bush policies that lead to our Enemies attacking us again”. Another 9-11 style attack would only deepen the divides that currently exist. If Stu is really interested in helping to heal some of the divides in this country he should either STFU or perhaps, just perhaps, he could try and write some articles showing some of the positives coming out of Iraq. Hell if the surge continues as it has been then soon there will be many areas in Iraq safer to live in then Philadelphia! When that happens do you think we will start discussing a pullout from Philly?
*update* Stu’s article’s hit the big time, Michelle Malkin seems to think along the same lines as I concerning it.