No empathy for the dead

Defending the War on Terror against the Moore and Sheehan mind-set by responding to a column.

I want to thank the Daily for publishing Fatima Asamarai’s column, “Finding Empathy and Commonality in the Debris of Iraq.” If it wasn’t published we would be unable to see the irrational, uninformed and loony views of the Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan mindset that is pervasive in modern liberalism.

Asamarai makes one of the most jumbled, incoherent arguments since Teddy Kennedy at Chappaquiddick.

It’s easier to pick apart Asamarai’s column than it is the Gopher’s pass defense.

But I’ll do it anyway. She starts off with claims that the United States dropped bombs on homes and schools in an effort to “snatch the oil,” from Iraq.

While it is true that a home or school may have been struck in error, in no way would the Air Force intentionally target them.

She also fails to mention all the homes and schools U.S. troops have built in Iraq. And where is all this oil he claims we “snatched” from Iraq? Iraq still remains sixth in oil exports to the United States. And their production is down more than 1 million barrels per day from 2000. If we “snatched” all this oil from Iraq, as Asamarai claims, then why don’t we stop importing oil from other countries and just use all the “free” oil from Iraq?

If we are getting free oil why are gas prices so high? You would think with all this stolen oil flowing into the country gas would be dirt cheap.

Asamarai asks, “Why when Iraqis defend their country are they called terrorists, but we Ö are called liberators?” The answer is easy, because we don’t drive cars into crowded markets and blow them up.

We don’t strap bombs to ourselves and detonate them next to lines of Iraqi civilians looking to become police officers.

Yes, it is true that some civilians have been killed by U.S. forces. But their deaths are unintentional. Unlike the suicide bombers and the terrorists, we don’t target noncombatants. Apparently that isn’t obvious to some people on the left.

Next Asamarai tries to say that, because the United States used nuclear bombs during World War II, we should not prevent other countries from acquiring these bombs. This is a completely ridiculous assertion. Does she really think that we should not try to prevent Iran, North Korea or Libya from gaining nuclear weapons? Would the world be safer if only a handful of responsible, accountable nations have the bomb, or if any dictator or terrorist who wants one gets one?

Asamarai’s most egregious and treasonous comment is that, “The U.S. government owes the American people an apology for what happened on (9/11.)”

This is insulting to the victims of the terrorist attack and the people of this country. She is giving murderous cowards a pass for killing innocent civilians.

This type of thinking is what allows terrorism to exist in the first place. But she doesn’t stop there. Asamarai contends that, “If you treat the world peacefully they will return peace to you.”

History has proven her wrong. What did the Jews do to Germany during World War II to deserve to be massacred? I believe it was Japan’s first strike on Pearl Harbor that killed 3,000 U.S. servicemen. Kuwait was invaded by Saddam prior to the first Gulf War, yet they had not attacked Iraq.

History is full of peaceful nations being attacked by aggressors. Asamarai should take time to fit in a history class while she is getting her liberal education.

Although I disagree with everything that Asamarai said, I’m happy that the Daily published it. Now everyone can see what the MoveOn.org, elitist, blame-America-first crowd really thinks. Without people like Cindy Sheehan or Fatima Asamarai, mainstream America might believe that liberals really want to take the fight to the terrorists.

It is obvious from their rhetoric that they want to retreat to dreamland where everything is peaceful. Well, it’s time for liberals to take off the tinfoil hats and stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

This is not Vietnam, it is a war against people who will kill innocent men, women, and children to achieve their goals.

My challenge is for the College Democrats to publicly denounce Asamarai’s column with a letter to the editor. This should be easy to do unless they truly believe that the 9/11 terrorists were justified in killing 3,000 American citizens.

Gregg Knorn is a University student. Please send comments to [email protected]