I still remember where I was on February 26, 1993. I was in the 8th grade at Pine Drive Baptist Christian School in Dickinson, a suburb of my hometown of Houston, Texas. My family was talking about moving at the time but had not yet decided. My grandmother, affectionately known as “Nana,” was still with us, though only for another month (she was complaining of headaches at the time and had to cancel an outing to a jazz concert later on). I didn’t know what time it happened because I didn’t find out about it until I got home from school that day. It was the only thing on TV, though, and it was all we watched.

In the following days it was all that was discussed. Six people died and more than a thousand were injured. It wasn’t the first time Muslim terrorists had attacked Americans. The last time had been during the Reagan administration. Reagan, however, refused to tolerate it. After the Beirut barracks bombing in 1984 and the bombing of a Berlin discotheque in 1986, Reagan finally had enough and bombed Moammar Qaddafhi and his support of Hezbollah straight to hell. The US didn’t hear much from Qaddafhi after that.

Clinton never got the memo, I guess. When the World Trade Center was bombed on that chilly February day in 1993, he did nothing. He handed it over to civilian investigators and, once the perpetrators were caught, prosecuted them in civil courts. By this time the Arab Muslims already knew they were at war with America. They had known for some time, and we were still sitting on our duffs when Ramzi Yousef wrote letters to every major New York press agency in the weeks leading up to the bombing. The plan was for the ton-plus urea nitrate truck bomb to send the North Tower toppling into the South Tower. I suppose we should have thanked God in Heaven that Yousef and his handlers didn’t know much about architecture; if they had, they may have parked the bomb closer to the North Tower’s concrete foundation and 9/11 would never have happened. If Yousef had gotten what he’d wanted, the towers would have come down that day and tens of thousands would have died.

The argument among liberals today goes something like this: Osama said that he attacked America all those times because America occupied the Arabian peninsula! That, ladies and gentlemen, is a cop-out, one meant to make the libs feel better about being anti-war. In truth, our issues with the Arab Muslims goes all the way back to the Barbary Wars. Back then, fledgling America was paying a couple million annually (translating to a couple billion in our terms today) to Muslim pirates attacking coastal towns and taking hostages. Finally, Thomas Jefferson wanted to know why they were doing it, so he asked the emissary of the Pasha of Tripoli. That emissary told him the Qur’an gave them the right to do it, and in fact they were mandated by Sharia to take everything from infidels. Jefferson read the Qur’an cover to cover and promptly went to war. During both major engagements, the American military handed the Arabs their backsides. In both instances we fought mercilessly until they begged us to stop. That was the only thing that worked then; it is the only thing that will work now.

Most people don’t remember the first WTC bombing because only six people died. Most news outlets didn’t even give it an inch of print space today. Here, however, are the sobering reminders that whether we like it or not, we’re at war – and failure to react accordingly will only result in further death and destruction:

(Oh, and I have to mention this, too…know how the Democrats have been wailing and gnashing teeth over the USA PATRIOT Act? Well, Democrats voted to extend it this week! And if you’ll notice, it was buried in a mountain of BS news about healthcare reform!)


2 thoughts on “Seventeen

  1. Mel, great piece!

    George Santyana said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Or something close to that… but some refuse to learn.

    The cumbaya crowd will quote his “only the dead see the end of war” and use it to their purposes… but as you point out in the Jefferson citation, so long as we have those in this world who believe it is their God-given right to take all from us, there will be war… there will be no peace.

    We either learn and steal ourselves for the fight, or we lose.

    Good stuff… I intend to tweet this widely!

  2. The Democrats voted to extend The Patriot Act, but I seriously doubt that their motivation for doing so was national security.

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