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|"Bush Looks Like A Terrorist!"
...and Other Observations of the Blind
Two American soldiers were captured, tortured and likely beheaded this week, reportedly as an act of revenge for our elimination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind hundreds of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings across the Middle East. Responsibility has been claimed by an Egyptian with direct ties to bin Laden, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who claims to be the hatchet man and the successor to al-Zarqawi's group "al-Qaeda in Iraq."
Americans brought al-Zarqawi to justice for tormenting and murdering innocent people. The new terrorist leader brutally maimed and killed our soldiers to prolong the fear and fighting.
Despite imperfections on the part of many involved, the moral superiority of the American position has been displayed throughout the conflict. American soldiers disposed a murderous tyrant and now risk their lives to return the country to peace. The insurgents hide behind women and children to continue the climate of chaos. Our mission is to liberate a people and restore their country. Their goal is to subjugate the people and conquer the region.
American soldiers who commit inappropriate acts, like bringing dogs in the presence of detainees, are removed from active service. Those guilty of vengeful reprisals, as charged in Haditha, are imprisoned. But in Iraq, the one who tortures his enemies, kills them by hacking off their heads, then booby-traps their bodies and leaves them in the streets has proven himself worthy of leadership. Americans punish those who mistreat innocent people; terrorists reward them.
This distinction is critically important. It separates light from darkness, right from wrong.
Americans who cannot stand against this evil, cannot stand against anything. Criticism of people and policies can be healthy. Truth will withstand debate. But those who attempt to compare American leaders to terrorists, equating poor intelligence with practiced deception, are blinded by their own ignorance and hatred.
Those with no moral compass attempt to equate such actions. Revenge and justice are a matter of perspective. Torture and interrogation are synonymous. A freedom fighter to some, a terrorist to others.
News media propaganda, led by CNN, continually blurs the line between just and unjust, rewriting the history leading up to the military action in Iraq, selectively reporting ongoing developments in the war, and providing an unchallenged platform for anti-war activists. Cindy Sheehan calls the president "the biggest terrorist in the world" and she is celebrated as a hero.
But the media does not act alone. Opportunistic lawmakers, measuring the political winds, willingly and gleefully defame their own country in hopes of obtaining more power in the next election.
Last year, after reading an FBI memo describing prison conditions in Guantanamo Bay, Sen. Richard Durbin said, "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings."
Al Gore, who still believes the presidency was stolen from him, traveled to Saudi Arabia and told Muslim leaders that the U.S. government (of which he was no longer a part) committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after 9/11 by "indiscriminately" rounding them up holding them in "unforgivable" conditions. Therefore, Guantanamo equals the torture chambers of Saddam.
Such moral equations result from an inability to distinguish good from evil. As in outer space, when one strays from the gravity of absolute truth, there is no up or down. Everything is relative, arbitrary and inconsistent.
Yes, there is a difference between right and wrong, justice and revenge, good and evil. But it cannot be seen by those without a firm stance on moral absolutes. In the end, those same people will not be able to determine the difference between victory and defeat.
Author: James Robison Randy Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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