Avenge September 11th
Are we willing to show our enemy the fruit of his
[September 11, 2006]
By Nicholas Provenzo
The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism
I feel obligated on this 5th anniversary of 9/11 to write
something poetic and full of poignant meaning. How about this: Avenge 9/11. Let
not one drop of blood shed that day go unpunished. Make the world fit for those
who want to live peaceably in it. If the rhyming and meter is off, let the
sentiments carry the tune.
Yet have we as a civilization, "standing united" and
"never forgetting" with our American flags fluttering from every doorstep,
avenged those near 3,000 dead—and secured our title to our own lives? Have we
crushed those who think that their mystical creed gives them the right to put
box-cutters to our throats and drive planes into our greatest buildings? Have we
destroyed those who aim to murder us on even a far greater scale? Our
civilization was formed on the acknowledgement that each of us has a right to
"life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Five years after we were attacked,
are our rights defended and our enemies vanquished?
Hardly. One wakes up today with the sickening knowledge
that our enemy stands utterly undeterred, let alone defeated. This 5th
anniversary of 9/11 is a day for mourning—and in more ways than one. For if we
truly wanted to be free, if we thought we deserved to live our lives without
threats from other men, we would have crushed our enemies years ago. Instead of
the farce of "Homeland Security" and its endless searches of our library records
and carry-on items, we'd bring the battle to our enemy's homelands. The force
used against him would not be "proportionate," it would be ruthless,
"But our enemy is terrorism and we never can truly defeat
it." Hogwash. Our enemy is global Islamic jihad and those states that allow
jihad to exist. Ruthlessly crush those states, end the people who allow jihad to
flourish on their doorstep, irradiate their women and children, and the jihad
dies with them.
"But if we do that, they will hate us more and become even
more dangerous." Have you noticed that outside of a handful of pathetic
skinheads, Nazism is not a credible threat to anyone? Did that victory come by
leaving the Nazi's cities untouched, their government intact, and their people
unmolested? Did not millions of Germans have to die before Nazism was
utterly discredited as a cause? Are we so naïve to think that today's war would
be any different, and that a few smart-bombs could replace the leveling of whole
In fact, as the debacle in Iraq shows us, it's fighting a
half-hearted war that makes our enemy truly detest us. We fight in Afghanistan,
but we farm out the battle and leave Bin Laden free to escape. We fight in Iraq,
but to bring a backward and ignorant people liberty, while leaving larger
threats, such as Iran, unchecked. We continue to allow our enemy's leaders to
speak the truth when they say that we are weak and that we have no stomach for
war. We continue to allow them to preach the sacrifice of this life in the name
of their faith and their desire to kill us.
Yet are we willing to show our enemy the strength of our
reason in opposition to his faith? Are we willing to show our enemy the utter
death and destruction that is the fruit of his bankrupt creed, so that his
people see the logical outcome of their folly and beg for surrender over jihad?
Not on this day we won't. On this 5th anniversary there
will be maudlin remembrances and mawkish tears, but only a handful of voices
will be calling for what both the dead and living of 9/11 truly deserve.
Millions of Muslims felt joy in there hearts when our twin
towers collapsed and our Pentagon smoldered. Millions of Muslims cheer the jihad
that brought these great buildings down. These are not people open to reason and
persuasion; their mystical creed forbids it. Let them then feel the only force
on this earth that will shake them from their intransigence, and that is our
righteous, unmitigated desire to never surrender our lives, freedom or security,
and let them feel it with the same power that we felt 9/11.
Nicholas Provenzo is chairman of the Center for the
Advancement of Capitalism (www.capitalismcenter.org), a public policy
applies Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism to cultural and legal
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