It was not aggressive retaliation but lack of sustained, effective response to the bombing of two of our embassies and our warship that led directly to more than 6,000 American deaths and the first successful assault on our mainland. Excessive military restraint is thus as dangerous to our national security as blind rage.Bin Laden's ultimate goal? The destruction of the United States. How do I know? He said so in a 1998 interview
: "The Russians and the Soviet Union ... were defeated by Allah and were wiped out. There is a lesson here. ... Gone was the Soviet Union forever. ... We anticipate a black future for America. Instead of remaining United States, it shall end up separated states and shall have to carry the bodies of its sons back to America."
The Koran exhorts the faithful to look to Allah to right the perceived injustices of infidels who appear to prosper in this world. Bin Laden recruits from those who are unwilling to wait for eternal justice.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.