9/11 Nine Years On

“We do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians,” Osama bin Laden once said.


This chilling statement reminds us that the War on Terror is a different type of war that requires a different strategy. It is more of an intelligence-based war than anything else and indeed is based in “terror”, and is a cowardly way of operating.


But it is effective, allowing small groups of fighters to take on sophisticated, well-armed nations. It does not destroy entire cities, but in the future with nuclear weapons, it could. And now with the arrival of yet another 9/11 anniversary, we must look back and then forward.


Consider this quote from Michael Tuohey, an airline ticket agent who checked terrorist Mohammed Atta through at the Portland, Maine airport several hours before Atta changed planes in Boston and then commandeered the flight that crashed into the World Trade Center. Tuohey noticed that Atta looked very angry and mean. “If this doesn’t look like an Arab terrorist, nobody does,” said Tuohey in an interview about his recollection about that brief encounter with Atta.


This was even before the heightened alert that came with 9/11. So obviously there were signs of things to come, enough to arouse suspicion even at a small-city airport.


These quotes from bin Laden and Tuohey explain how very devious this enemy is, and how ruthless it is. And that if we don’t begin to deal seriously with these murderers that they will kill us again and again and again. In fact they already have.


If Bill Clinton had instigated a widespread operation to investigate the terror network after the first attack on the World Trade Center in February 1993 when a truck bomb exploded in the parking garage underneath the North Tower, we would have had years of intelligence on terrorists in the US, and 9/11 would never have happened. But Clinton could not be bothered. He was too busy sending federal troops after a group of innocent Christians praying at Waco, Texas.


Meanwhile Clinton’s leftist allies in ACLU, the media and the universities are waging an ongoing war against law enforcement over any inquiry into terrorists including any type of racial profiling. So even today, nine years after 9/11, Mr. Tuohey might be forced by political correctness and political pressure to give as much scrutiny to a caucasian college girl with a cut-rate fare as he would to a mean-looking Egyptian with a $2500 ticket.


Today New York City officials seem intent on allowing a mosque to be built near the Ground Zero site in Lower Manhattan, rubbing in the salt of the 9/11 wound. If built, this mosque would be just as important for the advancement of Islam in the West as the crumbling towers were for the radicals, without one shot fired. As the old saying goes, the enemy is now within while bin Laden and his armies continue to test us and attack us repeatedly in what is now a two-front war, both political and military.  


When Islamic terrorist Nidal Malik Hassan killed 13 personnel at Fort Hood, Texas in November 2009, Obama was casual about it. In a press conference that day, he talked about Indian tribal business for two minutes before even addressing the murders. This is another victory for the terrorists and explains 9/11 even more clearly.


Just as we can easily fix our crisis on the Mexican border using police and military power, we can easily take on terrorism. First, we stop calling the War on Terror an “overseas contingency operation”. Obama’s non-urgent approach will cause us another 9/11.


Second we start profiling people seeking to board airliners, singling out young Middle Eastern males like Mohammed Atta for special scrutiny. If they do not like our scrutiny, then they can return to their home countries and avoid America altogether.


Third, we terminate the incompetent Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, who said that “the system worked” in the case of the Christmas Day bomber. It didn’t work. Only luck saved that plane. And that she does not know the difference is frightening. 


Fourth, we begin to use intelligence and informants to track the activities in these radical mosques in America and to deport extremists. Many of these mosques are not benign religious institutions, but venues for spreading a fanatical anti-Western message. It is striking how many of the significant figures in the worldwide terrorist network either were born in America, have spent time here, or lived in the US for a long period of time.


In the runup to 9/11 this year, we have seen all the usual documentaries – several one-hour History Channel shows, several National Geographic programs, and a few retrospective shows and political debates about terrorism. Then on 9/11 itself we’ll see the minute-by-minute replay of the Today show from 9/11/01. These programs truly are gripping and almost surreal, our once-a-year dose of reality about what we face if we do not stand strong and treat terrorism like an act of war instead of a criminal event.


These programs give us a clear picture of how many clues we missed, like the ignored report from an FBI agent in Arizona about suspicious Middle Eastern males taking flight lessons. Or the ignored warnings by a security expert named Rick Rescorla that the World Trade Center would be attacked from the air. Or the lax airline cockpit etiquette, with many doors left open during the flight. Where was the security? Wouldn’t common sense tell you to be vigilant?


Indeed it would. If we had had intel on the terror threat that Bill Clinton ignored for eight full years. But we did not. As the 9/11 terrorists infiltrated into America, overstayed their visas, obtained drivers licenses, received money from overseas, moved about freely, made reconnaissance flights and trained as pilots, Clinton was chasing Monica Lewinsky around his desk.




President Bush ramped up law enforcement in Spring 2001, but it never could be enough to make up for eight  years of laxity. These operations take years to be effective.


Still we don’t learn and it is easy to see why. After the attempt by Faisal Shahzad to explode a car bomb in Times Square last Spring, he hurried shortly thereafter to JFK airport, bought a one-way ticket at the last minute with cash and boarded a plane for the Middle East with no scrutiny. Which shows that apparently we have not learned a thing from 9/11.


And just after Shahzad’s attempt New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg conjectured about the bomber that “If I had to guess, twenty five cents, this would be exactly that… Homegrown maybe a mentally deranged person or someone with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.”


Yes, right, someone angry at the health-care bill. Which must be why Mohammed Atta looked so mean and angry when starting his evil mission in Portland, Maine on 9/11/01. Because he was angry about his health care.


This is shameful talk from a middle-level political figure and it goes all the way up to the White House and all the way down into the streets and into many university classrooms. It is just like Obama’s casual response to the Fort Hood killings. And if left unchecked, these Democrats will lead us into another 9/11, just like Bill Clinton did the first time.


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