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Iike An Islamist Propagandist
A senator's guide to understanding how grandstanding kills Americans…
[Hugh Hewitt] 5/12/04
It has become apparent over the past few months that a high
number of United States senators either do not understand how
their words can be used against American soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines, or do not care that those words might be so used.
On the assumption that elected officials are not indifferent
to the lives of the young men and women serving in uniform, let's
try to think like an Islamist extremist, trying hard to encourage
one or more of his younger charges to either participate in an
attack against a heavily armored American position or to even
become a suicide bomber.
A small number of rogue soldiers have handed you a tremendous
propaganda gift in the photos of the abuse of Iraqi captives,
especially those showing the humiliation of men by women.
But the American
president has done a wise thing, appearing on Arab television
the King of Jordan to denounce this
outrage in the harshest terms. In fact, he may have even come
close to turning the tide in some places by contrasting the American
response to the abuse with the silence that shrouds far worse
horrors in even the "moderate" Arab states. A clever
man, Bush, though perhaps you suspect it is not cleverness but
deep integrity that motivates the American president's condemnation.
Then Rumsfeld allows himself to be publicly hounded by partisan
opponents, another stroke of genius in telegraphing to the Arab
world what real democracy looks like. Again you sense the tide
may have already turned on this issue, though of course who knows,
but that the next batch of photos may allow you to fan the flames
of hate for a brief time. But you despair that even the street
is getting the picture that this is the very rare exception to
the rule of American integrity.
you thank heaven for Sen. Carl Levin – the senior
Democrat on the Armed Services Committee who allows himself to
speak on television, and your videotape machine captures it via
the miracle of satellite television. What does this senior American
political official confess to? Roll the tape for your young jihadists:
This is not just a few guards in some kind of aberrant conduct.
This is a much more systemic problem here. And military intelligence,
including I have to believe the CIA have got to be held accountable,
right up the chain.
Play it a
few more times. In fact, send a copy to the Arab networks in
missed it, and then distribute it to the imams teaching
the young. Play the Levin quote again and again. Assure that
would be jihadists around the globe have many chances to hear
an admission of guilt for the "systemic" torture and
murder of innocent Muslims around the world at the hands of the
CIA, for that is what a senior U.S. senator said. We have the
proof. The prisoner scandal is not a story of a handful of criminals
in uniform, it is the story of the entire American enterprise – Sen.
Carl Levin said so!
This is just one example of many from the past week, month and
indeed year as partisan ambition has poisoned the minds of Democrats
in the Senate. I can only imagine what the parents of servicemen
from Michigan must think of their senior senator's smear of their
sons and daughters, but give Carl Levin the credit he routinely
takes for himself of being wise in the way of the military and
nuanced in his thinking. He meant what he said, correct? He wouldn't
lie and endanger Americans just for temporary political advantage,
has not a shred of evidence that the prisoner abuse is evidence
systemic prisoner abuse. The accusation is slander
of the worst sort, as shameful as Minnesota Democratic Sen. Mark
Dayton's public descent into incoherence on Friday when he slandered
Gen. Myers with the charge of "suppression" of the
abuse story, and then rambled off into a bizarre rant about sending
more tanks to Iraq, which would only engender more violence.
Party has lost its way, saying the most outrageous things in
of scoring points, and doing so in a way that
makes the charges ready-made propaganda for our enemies – propaganda
of the deadliest sort. If they have a shred of decency left,
they will stop before they do more harm. Levin and Dayton cannot
recall their harmful statements which will shame their careers
forever, but at least they can stop adding more tape to the arsenal
of poison already in the hands of our terrorist enemies. CRO
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