September 22, 2010

Obama, the Left, and "Acceptable Losses"

"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger." -- President Obama

Actually, Obama is right: the terrorists are not an existential threat to the continued existence of the United States of America. That is, there is literally nothing they can come up with that would damage us so badly as to call it quits.

Nothing.

Worst case scenario: they build a dirty bomb and kill a few thousand people in a major city.

Which was about the extent of the damage done on 9/11.

And we're still here, right? No biggie.

At least, that's how Ace sees the quote in context:

But the left is pushing this idea that we can safely "absorb" many new 9/11's with an eye towards getting us to "accept" the greater bargain they fatuously offer -- peace, and a general wind-down of post-9/11 security "overreactions" like the FBI tracking Muslims suspected of terrorist ties. If only we didn't overreact to the occasional mass-murder, we could go about our business without war, without increased security measures, without "Islamophobia," without the rest of it.
Read the rest. It's Ace at his throat-slitting best.

Let me only add that an act of war is fundamentally different than an automobile accident. Only a moron or a lawyer would ever equate the two. Sure, people die. Often I hear people say something like: dead is dead, it doesn't matter to the family why the person died.

Hogwash. Intentionality matters. Which is why a car accident is a tragedy. 9/11 was not tragedy. It was an atrocity.

Which is why the families of murder victims have a completely different experience than the families of cancer victims.

Further, acts of terror like 9/11 was directed at the entire nation. We were all victims.

Nobody could reasonably claim that all sober drivers are victimized by drunk drivers. A drunk driver doesn't intentionally kill. But even if he did he doesn't randomly kill sober drivers in an effort to hurt the entire class of people known as "sober drivers".

The comparisons are silly.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:52 PM | Comments |