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Carol Platt Liebau - Columnist
Platt Liebau is editorial director and a senior member of tOR and CRO editorial
boards. She is an attorney, political analyst and commentator
based in San Marino, CA, and has appeared on the Fox News
Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Orange County News Channel, Cox Cable
and a variety of radio programs throughout the United States.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School,
Carol Platt Liebau also served as the first female managing
editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her web log can be found
[go to Liebau index]
Terrible (But Important) Reminder
Even after the London Bombings, “We’re Not
Platt Liebau] 7/11/05
The Al Qaeda bombings that shook London and the world did more
than shatter a British bus, some subway cars and countless lives.
It shattered a growing complacency in the United States and in
Britain that the immediate threat posed by Al Qaeda has been
It’s about time. For months now, our focus has not been
on our enemies but on ourselves, as President Bush’s domestic
political adversaries have indulged in an orgy of American self-criticism
and self-condemnation. On television, footage of 9/11, the beheadings
of Nicholas Berg, Paul Johnson and others have been impossible
to find. Instead, endless arguments are the order of the day,
as politicians and pundits argue about the impact of Abu Ghraib,
and debate whether Al Qaeda suspects detained at Guantanamo – living
in air conditioned facilities, playing soccer, ping-pong and
volleyball, and fed better meals than our own soldiers – are
being treated with sufficient care.
is any good to be found in the events of last week, perhaps
it will be
a renewed seriousness – an understanding
that, in fact, we are up against a crazed and merciless Islamofascist
enemy that has no compunction about random acts of the most brutal
violence, even in the heart of a city with a significant Muslim
population. The heartbreaking television footage of a small English
boy, weeping as he placed a bouquet at a makeshift London shrine,
should remind all of us: Our enemies rejoice in his tears – and
if they had their way, they would kill him, too.
the foolish and the evil will always be with us. MP George
Galloway – alleged to have been on Saddam Hussein’s
payroll – stepped forward last week to insist that with
the bombings, Londoners had “paid the price” for
Britain’s military presence in Iraq. What men like Galloway
never explain is how, short of appeasement, they would address
the Al Qaeda threat. And in espousing appeasement, they never
explain why the foreign policy of benevolent, generous and free
countries like America and Britain should be dictated by a group
of bloodthirsty lunatics whose greatest wish is to see Americans,
Englishmen – and free people everywhere – dead.
savage attack, however, it becomes easier to see Al Qaeda – and its apologists – for what they are.
And along with a newfound seriousness about addressing the Islamofascist
threat, the bombings may have sparked a new spirit of courage
and resolution across Europe. At www.werenotafraid.com (“We’re
Not Afraid”), people from across the Continent, and across
the world, have emailed thousands of pictures – all in
a spirit of resolution and defiance. Clearly, the millions of
brave Europeans who battled Nazis and Communists in the last
century have descendants who, today, shake their fists in defiance
at these new and murderous totalitarians.
Even as we
mourn the loss of life and pray for all the victims of Islamofascist
terrorist attacks, there’s reason for
hope. If their attacks spark a renaissance of seriousness and
a rebirth of spirited resistance in the free world, the terrorists
may find that attacks intended to damage the innocent have become
just one more step down the path to their own ultimate destruction. tOR
Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst, commentator and
theOneRepublic / CaliforniaRepublic.org editorial
director based in San Marino, CA. Ms. Liebau also served
as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Her web log can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com