So why don’t all the others?
In an appearance on this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” he gut-checked the mainstream media’s generally negative and biased reporting on the war in Iraq, and the War on Terror, and said a few things that others in the media, and in politics, too, either can’t face or aren’t willing to admit.
It didn’t start on 9/11. As Koppel said
If you look back at the elements of the war against terrorism, that war was going on, and has been going on for the past 24 years. We just didn’t connect the dots. 24 years ago, the precursors of Hezbollah blew up the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. That was 1983, 241 Americans killed. In the interim between then and now you had two attacks on the World Trade Center, you had the blowing up of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, you had the attempt to blow up the U.S.S. Cole, you had the bombing of the two U.S. embassies in East Africa. This war’s already been going on for 24 years; we were just a little bit slow to recognize it.
Could it have been going on for longer than that? Even as far back as the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Sirhan-Sirhan in a moment of rage because Kennedy, speaking at the Neveh Shalom Synagogue during an Isreal Independence Day celebration, had said the U.S. was “committed to defying any attempt to destroy Israel, whatever the source”? That possibility is explored by Dan Simmons in this frightening piece of speculation.
Guys like Koppel, Simmons, Senator Joe Lieberman and others, regardless of where they walk the line politically, know what the fight is about, and of the frightening consequences if we back away from it. The enemy is maniacally single-minded, driven by a fantasy ideology rooted in a twisted, blood-simple theology.
Put another way: we can get distracted by Al Gore’s shrieking climate change shamefest, but saving polar bears won’t be foremost on the minds of the mullahs ruling over us after they institute the new Caliphate.
(h/t: Hot Air)