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Disturbing Holiday Thoughts By: David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 05, 2002


 On July 4th, a shooting incident at the counter of Israel’s El Al airlines at the Los Angeles airport claimed the lives of two innocent civilians. The attacking gunman was an Egyptian, whose wife and children are in Egypt. Yet the FBI has categorically dismissed the idea that this might be a terrorist attack.   

Last week, FBI director Mueller was the honored speaker at a luncheon of the  American Muslim Council whose founder is a Hamas supporter. Mueller’s message was one of tolerance towards Muslims in general and the American Muslim Council in particular, even though one of its directors is currently under investigation for funneling funds to terrorists. Is there a connection between these two images? We think so. The FBI needs a new director and a new attitude. Its leaders need to understand that we are at war with radical Islam and that the enemy has penetrated our borders.

A second thought provoked by this event is whether Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle bears some responsibility for this attack. If the attack was not initiated by any terrorist organization and was indeed the work of a lone gunman desiring to advance the Islamicist cause, is it not probable that the government alert about a July 4th attack actually inspired his actions? And isn’t it the Bush Administration’s fear of being demagogued again by Daschle and the Democrats that caused the warnings to be issued even though there was no evidence of a specific plan for an attack? This very possibility illustrates the dangers of partisan demagoguery by national leaders in time of war. Let’s hope Mr. Daschle thinks about this incident and has second thoughts as a result.

The lead article in the New York Times of July 5th features a leak about an alleged government plan to attack Iraq. According to the Times’ account, the allied countries specified in the plan as launching bases for the attack were not even aware of its existence until the Times’ story appeared. Obviously this makes any future attack on Iraq far more difficult, which is what the leaker and the leftwing editors of the Times intended. They prefer to have Saddam Hussein stockpile his weapons of mass destruction and fund terrorists in the Middle East without the obstruction of an American military strike. But neither the leaker nor the editors of the Times were elected to make such decisions.

Both the leak of the alleged document and its publication by the Times seem obvious violations of the Espionage Act. We hope that the government will have the nerve and the will to prosecute the guilty if such legal action is warranted. But whether it is or not, these acts taken together indicate the danger to the American people of the nation’s divided heart and the irresponsibility of some community leaders and institutions during these perilous times.

 

 

 

 


David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.


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