Remember when those rotten
Republicans were politicizing the war on terror? You
know, doing crummy things like demanding that the
Democrats state their position before the midterm
elections, so the voters would know where they stood?
Or, as Cynthia McKinney says, deliberately permitting
September 11th so as to enrich Bush's industrialist
cronies? How about using the attacks to unleash John
Ashcroft on our civil liberties? The list of
putative Republican sins was endless. A review of
developments since September 11, however, convinces me
that the Democrats have been right all alongóbut it's the
liberals who've been doing the politicizing:
The leftist churches and
their environmental buddies have been quick to make good
use of Osama. They have been telling us that SUV
drivers are funding terror.
adapted without missing a beat; their response was that
if there's going to be a war on terror, then let's do it
right: pretend the terrorists are not Muslims, and
strip-search blue-haired grandmothers before letting
them on airplanes. And of course the Beltway
sniper was a right-wing, skinhead, white man, right up
until the moment he turned out to be a black Muslim.
Like a lunatic taking a
Rorschach test, the Democrats took one glance at the
Homeland Security Bill and saw, not an opportunity to
make airline travel safer, but a chance to feed some
pork to their union donors. They came very close
to imposing the sclerosis of union and civil service
rules on airport security.
The career Bush-haters,
who would accuse the President of cynical political
maneuvering if he brought about world peace and cured
cancer tomorrow, quickly found a convenient club to use
by emphasizing Bush's oil industry background.
may be dead, but his work goes on: America's
Israel-haters used September 11th with alacrity, telling
us that it all happened because of our support for those
From the beginning, one very
infuriating liberal tack has been their attempts to graft
the gun-control agenda onto the war on terror. A
good recent example was a statement by Joe Sudbay of the
Violence Policy Center, an organization known far and
wide for probity and dispassionate analysis, as long as
the topic isn't gun control. Mr. Sudbay delivered a
sermon explaining "that weak U.S. gun laws allow
terrorists easy access to weapons". He decries the
"American arms bazaar", conjuring up images of a vast souk
full of Islamic terrorists picking up rocket launchers.
To bolster his credibility, he cites Gerald Nunziato, a
retired ATF "official": "We have a major problem in
this country with terrorism and firearms. The
terrorists could come to this country and obtain firearms
so easy (sic) .... It's very easy to obtain weapons here
from gun shows, pawn shops, straw purchases, relatives,
through newspaper ads." (By the way, is it just me, or is
the ACLU conspicuously silent when the ATF boys execute a
"dynamic" no-knock entry on the wrong house and kill the
Now the ATF doesn't exactly
have the best record for scrupulously following the letter
of the law in its pursuit of suspects, and still we have
yet to hear of a single big bust of terrorist
gun-shoppers. Maybe there's a reason: the
terrorists hardly need to bother.
In much of the Third World,
especially the Middle East, military weapons are easily
obtained, and cheap. By cheap I mean a couple of
hundred dollars, or less, for a fully automatic AK-47.
Here in the U.S., full-auto guns are extremely expensive,
and a $200 tax must be paid before one can purchase.
Civilian versions of the AK-47 and similar weapons are
indeed widely available here, but only in semi-auto form,
and almost always at a price greater than $1,000.
And of course there's that pesky business about instant
background checks, ATF forms, identification, etc.
Then you have to get the guns back out of the country to
your terrorist friends. And grenades? Rocket
launchers? Plastic explosives? All available
back home. Here, you have to knock over a National
So why in heaven's name
would a terrorist go to the time and expense of coming to
the U.S., so that he could pay five times as much for
weapons with less firepower than he can pick up at home?
Maybe Joe Sudbay and Gerald
Nunziato would get their guns that way. Maybe that's
why they work for the Violence Policy Center and the ATF,
instead of in the real world.
Master propagandist of the Nazi regime and dictator of its
cultural life for twelve years.