We Don’t Seem To Have Learned Much From 9/11

by CHRISTOPHER HOLTON April 17, 2013

As we pray for the victims of the attack in Boston, let us continue to pray for those who were maimed and injured and have a long road to recovery ahead; some may never fully recover.

Please also remember, this was not a "TRAGEDY." It is incredibly insensitive and irresponsible to call terrorist attacks "tragedies." A tornado is a tragedy. An earthquake is a tragedy.

This was an "ATROCITY."

And yet as we arise the day after this latest attack, we have evidently learned so little from the past.

Once again, our politicians are treating this event as a Toastmasters meeting, all lining up to put their 2¢ in. And what are so many-too many-of them saying? That we will bring who ever did this to "JUSTICE."


This was an act of WAR and we are STILL talking about "justice?" Will we EVER learn?

This is not a law enforcement problem. The images we have seen from Boston make it all too clear that law enforcement is not equipped to deal with this. First responders are indeed heroes, but let's face it: the First Responders mostly come in to clean up the horrible mess AFTER an attack.

We may not have figured out how to deal with this type of warfare-some of us haven't at least-but at some point one would hope that we could at least reach some consensus that it is indeed war and not crime. Yet everywhere I look this morning, I see references to "crime" and "justice."

Just three weeks ago, the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security, in their infinite wisdom, granted Saudi nationals "trusted traveler" status. This streamlines the entry process for travelers from Saudi Arabia. This development comes after the State Department relaxed visa requirements for Saudis. Keep in mind that Great Britain is not part of the "trusted traveler" status program. Nor is Australia. But Saudi Arabia is.

In case you don't recall, 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. Saudi Arabia supplied more foreign fighters fighting US troops in Iraq than any other nation. Saudi Arabians fund Jihad more than any nation, with the exception of Iran. And Wahhabi Islam, the official state religion of Saudi Arabia, gave birth to Al Qaeda in the first place.

Within the last month the State Department announced its intention to expand the number of young people from Muslim nations coming to the US on student visas. The rationale for this move is based on the theory that such people will like us if we let them study here.

I guess they never heard of Sayyid Qutb. Or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Or Mohammed Atta. Or Mousa Abu Marzook. Or Wadih El Hage. Google those names-all came to the US for academic reasons and all became committed Jihadist leaders.

And to top it all off, the crack Transportation Security Administration announced not long ago that they would now allow small knives on airliners. What could go wrong?

Our so-called "leaders" and our bureaucratized counterterror apparatus evidently learned NOTHING from 9/11.

Monday showed it.

It's September 10th in America again.


Christopher Holton is a Vice President with the Center for Security Policy and the Director of its Divest Terror Initiative. Chris Holton is a past president and marketing director of Blanchard & Co. and editor-in-chief of the Blanchard Economic Research Unit from 1990 to 2003. As chief of the Blanchard Economic Research Unit in 2000, he conceived and commissioned the Center for Security Policy special report Clinton's Legacy: The Dangerous Decade. Holton is a member of the Board of Advisers of WorldTribune.com.


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