Not to be outdone, the United States has admitted former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami for a two-week visit to this country. Khatami even spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, ostensibly a Christian facility. This brought protests from Americans who were taken hostage in 1979 and held for 444 days at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, at the direction of one of Khatami's predecessors, the late Ayatollah Khomeini. Kevin Hermening, then a Marine guard at the embassy, told The Washington Post that allowing Khatami to tour America like some rock star indicates that U.S. officials have "completely lost their minds" in dealing with Iran. "Every time we agree to Œtalks' it is seen as another indication of weakness and capitulation," he said. Hermening sees things more clearly than some American religious leaders and many at the U.S. State Department.
If we are to effectively wage this war we have to change our way of thinking. We have thought in the past that people are basically good and any bad behavior in which they might engage is the result of our failure to give them what they want. We must also eradicate terrorist breeding grounds in the United States and Britain, including the closure of facilities that preach and teach hate and sedition.
This approach doesn't go down well among the handwringers and those who wish to see "two sides" to every issue. There is no other side to - and no excuse for - mass murder.
"Remember the Alamo," "Remember the Maine" and "Remember Pearl Harbor" were rallying cries from past wars. Why do Americans have to be reminded to remember? We had better not forget 9/11 and the signal it sent. The enemy won't forget. For him, 9/11 was a continuation in a long war against America. He thinks he can wait us out. He thinks we're weak and will wilt before his demands in order to save our lives. He is betting everything he is right. Is he? Ask me on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
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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