Thursday, April 9, 2009
Remembering John O'Neill
In this time of changing the "war on terror" into the "attempt to appease radical islam" or whatever the new official title is, it feels like a good time to revisit an old friend. Someone who put in countless hours researching radical islam and terror networks, well before 9/11. Someone who "connected the dots" but was ignored. A great man named John O'Neill.
If you're not familiar with John O'Neill, please feel free to watch this PBS Frontline documentary.
I felt compelled to watch it again as time takes us further and further from the intense feelings we had on 9/11. I fear our elected leaders are suffering from the complacency that so many years without an attack has allowed them to have.
The terrible irony is that as they become more complacent, our enemies grow stronger and more determined, and grow in numbers and support. We are showing the world a weak face at the moment. What better time to attack than when you feel emboldened, even supported, by your enemies' leadership? An American president who bows to a Saudi king? An American president who posts a supplication video to Iran on YouTube? Wow. We're not sending mixed messages, we're sending direct messages: times have changed. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's unarmed.