Or so Victor Davis Hanson says:
In short, six years of quiet at home since 9/11 have fooled some into thinking that terrorists pose little danger here — or that we may be doing far too much rather than too little to stop such killers. No matter that this past week a jihadist plot to destroy U.S. facilities in Germany was thwarted.Hanson is shocked that people are actually questioning the methods of the Global War on
Others make the mistake of endlessly refighting the past six years — who let al Qaeda grow?; who “lost” Osama bin Laden?; who fouled up postwar Iraq? — instead of concentrating on the storm ahead.
Before 2001, the excuse for American complacence and in-fighting was naivete. But what will be the reason for the next successful strike against us by the jihadists?Administration incompetence? Just a thought.
I know we'll probably never get to a point at which we can talk rationally about the statistically tiny threat posed by loosely-organized fractious groups composed largely of self-aggrandizing incompetent wannabes. In the alternative, though, maybe we could get hysterical about things that are really killing Americans.
Maybe we could ascribe the 30,000 or so workplace deaths since 9/11 to "employer terrorism". Or the 180,000 handgun fatalities to "NRA terrorism". Maybe we could call the 24,000 pedestrians slaughtered since 9/11 victims of "vehicular terrorism".
Nahhh...we'd probably just end up declaring war on bicyclists.