Readers React on 9/11 Exploitation
September 10, 2006
Editor's Note: Below are readers' comments about ABC-TV's "The Path to 9/11" and other concerns about the Republican partisan exploitation of the fifth anniversary. But first an interesting blog entry by Max Blumenthal about the Path to the Path to 9/11, which he posted on Friday:
In defending his policy, Bush has not hesitated to use Al Qaeda pronouncements regarding their intentions to attack us as the truth. But he refuses to believe their stated reasons for why they are attacking us, our meddling in Islamic countries and our support of Israel. Instead he continues to rely on the worn out cliché, they hate us for our freedom. This inconsistency should be obvious to the people in the press, but he is not being challenged on it.
Elwood A. Anderson, Las Vegas
Your piece is about 5 years late. This nation was attacked and drawn into war on September 11, 2001. They started it, we will finsh it. This war will end at a time and place of our choosing and it will end with total victory. The President laid out the size and scope of this war in his speech to the joint session of Congress, the nation, and the world on September 20, 2001. I refer you to (2) excerpts form that speech which was received with overwhelming approval by both parties and by the entire nation.
Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. (Applause.)
Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
In the 5 years since 9/11, the liberals have taken to changing the scope the war. Defiing it as they see it. A war against the exact perpetrators of 9/11 itself. They describe the war on terror, Afghanistan, Iraq as separate entities, which they are not. They are all fronts or battle fields in the same war. The GLOBAL war on islamic fascism. Just as the war in the Pacific, North Africa, Sicily and continent of Europe were all fronts in the same World War 2. And I believe there will be more fronts before this war comes to its successful conclusion.
May God give the wisdom to our leaders in Washington to see this all the way thru and may God watch over our commanders in the field and especially to courageous young men and women who are sacrificing eveyday so we at home can live in security.
Greenville, South Carolina
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