Monday, January 14, 2008
The real threat...
There's been a lot of debate going on ever since the news was disclosed that the Government has at times listened in on phone conversations to try and identify suspected terrorists. Many questions are still being asked: is it legal? Is it constitutional? Should those involved be prosecuted? Unfortunately, those who continue to prolong this controversy seem to have forgotten just who the real villains are here. No, its not George Bush. It's not the "evil" Dick Cheney, and its not Alberto Gonzalez or anyone else in the Bush Administration. The real threat is wrecking havoc on the other side of the world in a region that has been unable to remain free of terrorism over the last six years like the US has...
On Monday, Taliban terrorists launched a coordinated assault on a five-star luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Kabul, sending four attackers strapped with explosives and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles into the building.
This is the AP story:
KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants with suicide vests, grenades and AK-47 rifles attacked a luxury hotel on Monday, killing at least six people in a brazen attack on Western civilians in Kabul, witnesses and a Taliban spokesman said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Norwegian foreign minister, who was not hurt, was the target of the assault, which came as the Norwegian embassy was holding a meeting at the Serena Hotel. Two State Department officials said at least one American was among the dead. A Norwegian journalist also died.
It was the deadliest assault on a hotel in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The assailants appeared to concentrate on the hotel's gym and spa, where foreigners relax and work out.
If the government has intelligence suggesting that people like this are plotting attacks in the United States or western targets abroad, I don't care if they open up an email or tap into a phone conversation to try and get more information. People have a right to privacy, but when homicidal maniacs strapped up in belts of explosives and armed with machine guns get involved, that stuff just goes out the window. Some people, primarily those on the far-left, believe that Bush is having the FBI listen in on conversations solely for the purpose of just being a jackass. That appears to be the perception among the fringe elements on the antiwar, anti-Bush movement, as ignorant and stupid as it sounds. Remember, these are people who deny that terrorism is a legitimate threat and are trying to ensure failure in Iraq for the sake of making Bush look bad.
Disturbing new tactic?
Last month, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a shooting/bomb attack in Pakistan. The killer, a gunman strapped with explosives, attacked in a manner similar to today's assault in Kabul. In 2004, terrorists in Russia used the same tactic when they stormed a school in the city of Beslan, killing nearly 400 people in one of the most horrific terror attacks since 9/11.
While the west splits itself apart over issues of less importance, like wiretapping, the real bad guys are becoming even deadlier and even more eager to bring about death, destruction, and chaos.