Logic dictates that we also remember 9-11 happened less than 9 months after President Bush took office. The planning for 9-11, started shortly after the 1st World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The terrorists considered it a failure because the bomb did not produce enough destruction. However, that 1st attack was not the beginning of Terror attacks aimed at the US and the West in general. When did the enabling of Terror activities really begin? And especially important is when did they begin in the Middle East and why? Those are the real questions which must be answered before we can deal with the present situation. History of the conflicts, cultures and the political views of the principals will also be necessary to understand how a permanent solution can be achieved. What role did the US Play in this enabling and what should our Role be Now?
Iraq and the Iraq war are only a part of the Middle East unrest. The Middle East is composed of a number of countries. Among them are major players Iraq, Iran and Israel. It may come as a surprise to many, that President George Bush did not enable the Middle East unrest, but he did and is paying the price for the actions of past US Presidents. Jimmy Carter in particular! President Carter allowed Iran to develop terrorism and export it to the rest of the Middle East.
To remember Jimmy Carter's Presidency, (1977-1981) you are probably over 40. So when we are presented with historical facts as they happened "On Carter's Watch", a connection to Today's Middle East Crisis can easily be observed. These facts are presented today in the on-line version of The JERUSALEM POST article by Michael D. Evans titled "Father of the Iranian revolution".
Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter's ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said "Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint." Carter's Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, "Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure." Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not a mad mujahid, but a man of "impeccable integrity and honesty."
Jimmy Carter became the poster boy for the ideological revolution of the 1960s in the West, hell bent on killing the soul of America. The bottom line: Carter believed then and still does now is that evil really does not exist; people are basically good; America should embrace the perpetrators and castigate the victims.
Mr. Carter continues to get it wrong. He appears to believe that Diplomacy alone can solve all problems. This is a former Naval Officer who has said the the Revolutionary War was not necessary. We could have negotiated diplomatically with King George.
Carter's belief that every crisis can be resolved with diplomacy - and nothing but diplomacy - now permeates the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, Carter is wrong.
There are times when evil must be openly confronted and defeated.