Debra J. Saunders

 Galloway then urged the government to remove British troops, "as the Spanish government acted" by "ending the occupation of Iraq." After complete capitulation, Galloway concluded, "Only then will the innocents here and abroad be able to enjoy a life free of the threat of needless violence."

 This seems so obvious that I shouldn't have to write it but: There were no U.S. troops fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2001, and yet innocent people were killed.

 Step back for a minute and imagine that anti-abortion terrorists had been responsible for similar bombings. Imagine if they set off bombs in New York or Atlanta and demanded that abortion be made illegal or they would keep killing people.

 In such a horrific event, I cannot imagine the left arguing that Americans should look to the "root causes" of the attacks, as happened after Sept. 11.

 If anti-abortion terrorists tried such tactics, I cannot imagine the left arguing that the government should capitulate by outlawing abortion in order to prevent further senseless violence.

 I suggest this scenario because, if leaders capitulate to Islamic terrorists, that cave-in sends the message that terrorism works.

 Antiwar types might think about this -- what Galloway is now doing -- as they are tempted to pronounce these vicious murders as inevitable, the natural consequence of world leaders not listening to their dire warnings.

 If these attacks were inevitable, it is because this modern world provides a berth for mass murderers. If they can hide under a banner of anti-Americanism, there's always a stooge who will pronounce their cause legitimate, and that crude imprimatur gives them a sense of courage. Emboldened, they walk into crowded buses or the Underground stations and slaughter good people.

 They must not win.

Debra J. Saunders

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