Sep 8, 2007

Osama Bin Laden's "Useful Idiots"

You might think that after being chided by Osama Bin Laden that America's liberals and Democrats might come to the realization that they have allowed themselves to be duped and manipulated by an enemy of the state or at least recognize that their self-induced radicalization has come to represent nothing more than treason in it's rawest form. Sadly, I fear that they will come to no such realization. America's liberals will either defiantly side with the enemy or they will denounce the speech by Osama Bin Laden as some bizarre Orwellian conspiracy cooked up by the evil Bush regime.

What I've found most disturbing from my perspective as an American citizen living and working overseas is how the United States could have conceivably allowed this relentless national suicide by attrition to go for as long as it has. When and where do we draw the line? When does the instinctive impulse of self-preservation finally kick in?

Several months ago I had the opportunity to attend a private dinner party here in Southeast Asia held by a European diplomat. Two European ambassadors were in attendance and a couple of Asian diplomats as well as a small mixed group of local and international businessmen. As I was shaking hands with the host, whom I have known for several years, I was told that there was another American present, a foreign service officer who worked out of the US embassy here. Grabbing myself a drink I walked over to introduce myself and found myself almost in shock. Holding court with a few other diplomats this gentleman was denigrating and vilifying not only our nation's foreign policies but our President as well who he claimed had stolen the election. I briefly shook hands with the guy and then stepped back a bit from the group and as I looked at the faces of the those listening to this man go on, I wondered to myself what it was that this man was hoping to accomplish. Ashamed and embarrassed, I turned away from the group without saying a word and then glanced over to the host who just grinned and rolled his eyes.

This is not the first time something like this has happened. I've seen the same type of thing many times before in the time I've spent overseas. But there is something deeply troubling when it is the representatives of your own nation's government that openly denigrate their own country overseas. But seditious speech is not a crime, and therein lies the problem, that we are unable to see the forest for the trees. People like Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Kucinich and renegades in our State Department are free to traipse around the world agitating our friends and allies with complete impunity and with complete disregard for the freedom and security of our nation as a whole. Of course they are not completely free to say what they want. While they are free to stir up hatred towards the United States and weaken the morale of our friends and allies, they are not free to dare utter a racial or homophobic epitaph. No, for that we will have them drawn and quartered.

If we are to survive as a nation, we need to have our priorities straight and understand that a line must be drawn between the areas of personal freedom and public authority. There is a well known proverb, that states, "Freedom for the pike is death for the minnows." There are times when limiting the freedom of the pike is the only way to ensure freedom for the minnows.


  1. As mhking would say, "Just damn!"

  2. Osama Bin Laden is both one of the CIA's most wanted men and a

    hero to many young people in the Arab world.
    Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia around 1957 to a father of

    Yemeni origins and a Syrian mother.
    Please visit for more detail


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