Man-caused disasters are what we used to call “terrorism” when George Bush was president. Today this is all it takes to cause one of those disasters:
On Christmas day, Northwest Airlines Flight 253 dodged a bullet.
Meanwhile, famous Liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias is pretty sure it’s all just a big scare tactic.
Not So Scary “Terror”
Obviously, people shouldn’t be lighting anything on fire inside airplanes. That said, all the big Christmas airline incident really shows to me is how little punch our dread terrorist adversaries really pack. Once again, this seems like a pretty unserious plot. And even if you did manage to blow up an airplane in mid-air, that would be both a very serious crime and a great tragedy, but hardly a first-order national security threat.
And then there’s Peter King:
“This was the real deal,” said Representative Peter T. King of New York, the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, who was briefed on the incident and said something had gone wrong with the explosive device, which he described as somewhat sophisticated. “This could have been devastating,” Mr. King said.
Ultimately, it does no favors to anyone to blow this sort of thing out of proportion. The United States could not, of course, be “devastated” by anything resembling this scheme. We ought to be clear on that fact. We want to send the message around the world that this sort of vile attempt to slaughter innocent people is not, at the end of the day, anything resembling a serious challenge to American power. It’s attempted murder, it’s wrong, we should try to stop it, but it’s really not much more than that.
That’s Matthew Yglesias, Liberal blogger extraordinaire. Note the contortions he makes to dismiss the threat of “terror”, in quotes of course, because it’s not real according to him. As if the threat of terrorism should be assessed in relation to threats to “American power”. And not in terms of the real purpose behind terrorism which is to instill fear, which would end up shutting down our transport system and wreaking havoc on our economy beyond just a blown up a plane. People losing jobs, defaulting on mortages, families uprooted, economic misery. What about the simple emboldening of our enemies? Or 250 dead people on that plane.
I’m pretty sure I always understood why guys like him always minimized the threat of terrorism during the Bush years. It was political. Terrorism as an issue lent itself to Bush’s strengths. Or so they believed. So they pretended it wasn’t real. A manufactured threat. Yet Bush is gone and the threat continues. And although minimizing the threat of terrorism for the sake of politics was despicable and reprehensible to me, it did make sense. There was a twisted logic to it. But it belongs to Obama now. So what gives with these guys? Why the continuing charade?
CCHQ will tell you what gives, as we are experts on how these guys think. Although I have never heard Yglesias express an opinion on Afghanistan, I can tell you with 100% assuredness that he’s against Obama’s surge in Afghanistan. There is a faction on the Left, to which Yglesias belongs, that wants us out now. Terrorist incidents like these blunt his arguments because he believes our policy in Afghanistan is based on fear. They don’t agree with the war on terror, so they have to deny the reality of terrorism, our source of fear. It’s what they’ve been doing since 9/11 to one degree or another. They want the world to be one way–their way–but reality simply refuses to oblige them. So planes blowing up in the skies, for example, aren’t terrorism; they’re “terror”, with the scare quotes as mockery, or “man-caused disasters”, or “attempted murder”, or crimes, etc. Anything but calling it what it actually is–terrorism.
Guys like Matthew Yglesias like to claim “reality has a Liberal bias.” They claim membership in the “reality-based community.” These laugh lines are a running joke in their circles. But reality most decidedly does not have a Liberal bias, gentle readers. Because if it did, they wouldn’t have to engage in these word games and mental contortions in order to make a round world fit in their square holes, and Obama wouldn’t be in Iraq and Afghanistan. They see the world as they wish it were. But the reality of terrorism in the age of Obama should dispel them of that delusion.