Sunday, October 10, 2004

Pimps, Gamblers, and Al Qaeda

"We have to get back to the place where 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." - John Kerry

Once again, John Kerry has given us a look at the type of person who we cannot afford to have lead us in the post 9/11 world. He wants to treat terrorists as a law-enforcement matter and wants to ignore the killers as are just a "nuisance". Kerry basically says we will never beat the terrorists, so we should go back to living as if it is September 10th all over again. Former President Clinton had exactly the same plan on dealing with terrorism and it worked out poorly for all of us. Ask the victims of the attacks of the Trade Center bombing, the USS Cole, the Kobar Towers, the two embassies in Africa, and other attacks, ask them if denial worked well for them. We have been down that road once before, Senator, and did not like the outcome.

President Bush does not share the same view. Bush wants to spread freedom and liberty into the source of the terrorism. As Afghanistan is proving and Iraq will show, freedom trumps terrorism. When this is all complete, we will be truly safe, not in denial.

John Kerry on Democracy. ''You can't impose it on people,'' he said. ''You have to bring them to it. You have to invite them to it. You have to nurture the process.''

The whole point of liberating people is to give them a shot at democracy. I do not seem to recall the Taliban or Saddam giving the people an invitation to nurture the process in their oppressive reigns. In fact, any attempt of the people to have a voice ended up with more beheadings, torture, gassings, and mass graves. The people of Afghanistan tasted democracy for the first time this weekend and they danced in the streets. Democracy happens, John.

Check out the whole interview at The National Review.