The United States of America is at war. A small group of Islamic
terrorist hijacked four civilian aircraft within an hour Tuesday and
exacted horrendous death and destruction as they flew two of the
aircraft into the twin 110-story towers of New York's World Trade
Center, a third airplane into one side of the Pentagon, and the fourth
into the ground near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There are between 7 and 15 thousand civilian casualties and as many as
500 military casualties.
The coordinated hijackings, from three different airports, were of
planes full of fuel for cross country trips -- suitable for use as
guided bombs. And the targets were chosen for the maximum visual
impact -- the nation's most significant international symbols of
economic and military power.
This momentous event, the worst terrorist attack in world history,
caps the tragedy of years of appeasement of rogue nations and
terrorists, appeasement that reached a zenith during the eight years
of Bill Clinton's administration. As our friend George Will put it,
"...[T]he nation's decade-long holiday from history came to a
We can no longer attempt to define Muslim offenders by "international
borders." These attacks on U.S. soil are the natural culmination of
foreign policy negligence (as The Federalist often reminded Clinton
often: "It's the foreign policy, stupid!"), declining military and
intelligence capabilities, appeasement of Islamic terrorists, and a
long span of tragically misguided blunders in Middle East diplomacy.
The real legacy of Bill Clinton was sketched in graphic images
yesterday, across the skyline of Manhattan, before the eyes of the
entire world. Clinton's DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe said, "There are
no partisans today, only patriots." But, to be sure, the partisans of
yesterday have patriot blood on their hands today.
We reported two weeks ago, in Digest #01-35, on credible threats
emanating from terrorists around the world, including this one from
Illich Ramirez Sanchez, AKA "Carlos the Jackal," the infamous
international terrorist from Venezuela now sidelined in a French jail:
"The Yankee should beware, we know. The deceitful 'peace process' has
come to a pitiful demise. People's resistance in Palestine, armed
operations worldwide, are the alternative to surrender." Sanchez urged
a "protracted people's war without boundaries," especially targeting
Three weeks ago, Islamic cell leader Osama bin Laden was quoted by
Arab news sources as saying that he was prepared to execute an
"unprecedented" attack on U.S. soil. Tuesday's attack qualifies as
"unprecedented." And most intelligence analysts, including those
associated with The Federalist Editorial Board, have declare bin
Laden the likeliest culprit.
Indeed, we provided bin Laden an easy target. Our military and
intelligence structures have languished in the last decade to the
extent that we failed to detect something as well organized and
executed as this attack. Knowledgeable observers focused their
criticism on the decay in our foreign policy, military and