Monday, September 9, 2002

Insular and Unconcerned

Suman Palit has a mildly amusing description of why the rest of the world, upset with Americans for being insular and unconcerned, are going to regret that we are no longer in that situation. Cute, but there is a more pithy description, reputedly said by Admiral Yamamoto after the spectacularly successful surprise raid on Pearl Harbor, "We have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve."

Right now, the left is trying their darndest to spread the idea around that September 11th is at least partly America's fault; we need to understand the poverty and suffering that causes this sort of thing; we needed to be more involved in the Middle East situation; we needed to intervene less in the affairs of other countries (never mind that this someone contradicts "more involved"); evils of capitalism, etc.

Unsurprisingly, Americans have calmed down a bit under this onslaught of excuse making for mass murder. One more attack at even close to the level of September 11th, and all the left's control over our mass media and educational institutions won't be enough. Americans will be justifiably angry about actions that make Pearl Harbor seem positively chivalrous by comparison.

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