Enemy Use Of Chlorine Gas In Iraq Ominous
Now, with their high regard for anniversaries, the terrorists have begun using poison gas, in the form of chlorine truck bombs, in the Baghdad area. There have already been three such incidents, according to today's New York Times, and there have been deaths, despite the fact that the vile killers are just learning. They aren't skillful at releasing the gas yet, but I would imagine they will be.
Today, U.S. troops raided a bomb-making factory near Falluja and uncovered five bombs in the process of being laced by what were described as ordinary chemicals, aimed, it seemed, at inspiring fear in Iraqi civilians.
When are the American people going to wake up? The threat from al-Qaeda and other assorted Muslim crazies is growing, yet public opinion in this country, especially in the Democratic party, seems to believe there is an easy, painless way out of this war.
They are mistaken. There isn't any easy way out, and unless the killers are eliminated, their aggression will continually spread to new places in the world. The last two weeks, there has been one terrorist threat after another. in Asia, Africa and elsewhere. All of those charged with preventing the violence are on alert, and nervous.
I felt when the Democrats won the Congressional elections in November that they would ultimately feel constrained to take some responsibility for waging a war which threatens American and all Western civilization, as much as the Huns did ancient Rome. Up to now, however, the developing Democratic presidential campaign has been an exercise in one-upsmanship, a contest to see which candidate can be for quitting the war the fastest.
It may still be the case, though, that public opinion will turn. The reaction to the use of poison gas by the enemy may turn some heads, but it may not be until there is some major terrorist attack outside of Iraq, before opinion will turn around.
Right now, President Bush is the fall guy. Reading the comments now posted on many Web sites, it is clear that many Americans, not a majority perhaps, but a sizable segment, believe somehow he is more to blame for the war than Osama bin Laden.
This is not the case, in my view. The Bush Administration has been struggling to adequately respond to the threat. They have made many mistakes, but they have been trying. The President has become a fighter, and we need one now.
It reminds me of something Charles de Gaulle once said about his own relationship with the French people in an earlier period:
"Every time I acted I saw around me a tide of incomprehension, complaints and sometimes furor. That is fate. So much so that one of my friends -- and I do have some friends -- speaking about this tide told me of a primitive painting that showed a crowd being led toward hell by devils while a poor angel was pointing in the opposite direction.
"The people in the crowd had their fists raised not against the devils but against the angel. And my friend said: "There should be another painting next to this one showing the crowd on the point of falling into the chasm, breaking away from the devils and running toward the angel." That's symbolic and figurative art, but perhaps nevertheless there is some truth in it."
Well the Democratic doves in the U.S. are not devils. They are well meaning. But they don't understand the situation, and the threat constantly grows.
(In a lengthy comment on this blog, someone castigates Vice President Cheney and asks, in effect, whether I consider him honorable.
I do. Vice President Cheney has strong views and is often not bashful about expressing them. But there is no reason not to consider him a sincere man, who has advocated positions for the U.S. that he believes in. Like President Bush, I give him high marks for trying to do the best they can for the American people.