Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry observed on Oct. 9, 2002: "It would be naive to the point of grave danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein will provoke, misjudge or stumble into a future, more dangerous confrontation with the civilized world .... He has supported and harbored terrorist groups, particularly radical Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, and he has given money to families of suicide murderers in Israel .... We should not go to war because these things are in his past, but we should be prepared to go to war because of what they tell us about the future."
Since then, Kerry has been singing a different tune because he wants to be president, and continuing support for President Bush's position won't help him win the election.
These Islamists - from Osama bin Laden, to Saddam Hussein, to those inside Saudi Arabia who fund books and curricula that promote the hatred of all things American and Western - are part of the same "family." Some are Islamists by religious commitment, and others, like the secularist Saddam Hussein, got religion when he thought it might gain him some favor with other family members. All hate America and teach their people to do so in order to shift attention from their own failings to improve the lives of their people and focus, instead, on maintaining their own political power, personal privilege and pleasures.
It's all connected. Ask Tony Soprano.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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