If you like the secular values and sybaritic culture we enjoy and all of the things we have earned through our industry and enlightenment and if you don't think that we ought to be held accountable for the sins of everyone from Alexander to Bohemond to Chinese Gordon, then you need to accept that there is a price to pay for freedom which is paid with every long and bloody step. Why do we fight the same battles again and again?
By all means let's pull out of Iraq. Perhaps the price paid there has been too high and not enough has been achieved. Yet we have to remember that we did not start this war and we cannot end it unilaterally. We can stop fighting and go home, but all that does is give our enemies a victory to encourage them to fight on and even increase their efforts. When they attacked us they had greater goals than just killing some Americans and those goals are still waiting to be achieved.
If we give up the fight now, we should do so in the knowledge that it means we will fight these battles and pay their price again and it will not be at a time or place of our choosing. It will be fought on the homefront and we will be weaker and they will be stronger and the price to be paid will be higher in blood and treasure and loss of rights.
We've been here before. I feel like I've written all of these words before. The lotus eaters are not listening.
The generals will make their cases in Congress and then stand bewildered as the politicians ignore them and make arguments based on pandering and political expediency. The meaning of 9/11 will be remembered for an hour on the TV news and then forgotten again. We will continue to wallow in complacency while the enemy plots on towards the day when we are too weak for even another 9/11 to awaken us.
It seems we learned nothing at Roncesvalles, Vienna, and Lepanto. We win and then weaken in our resolve and move on about our business and in a generation or two the hound of Allah is at our throat again. When do we cry 'enough' and put the foul beast down?