No time to waver in new kind of war
A day or so before the terrorist bombings in London, former top U.S. intelligence official Herb Meyer urged me to read a piece he had just written for The America Thinker magazine in which he warned that just as the U.S. might be about to win the war in Iraq, it may be about to lose it back home in America.
In the magazine’s July 11 edition, Meyer likened the current situation to Vietnam when, right at the time of the Tet offensive, which should have spurred the U.S. into one final thrust to halt the Communist takeover, Americans had become so weary of the situation, the U.S. government lost the will to fight on.
In “An Open Letter to the President,” Meyer says if it takes 250,000 U.S. troops for that final push to rid Iraq of insurgents, then President George W. Bush should pull in every spare soldier he can from around the world.
Phew!—that is surely putting all you have in the fight.
Now, Herb, who will be in Calgary on a speaking gig in December, was special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Ronald Reagan, vice-chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council, and holds the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the intelligence community’s highest honour.
Obviously, he’s no small potatoes.
I got to know Meyer after he sent me a copy of his DVD, The Siege of Western Civilization, in which he tells a harrowing tale of how western democratic civilization is in danger of collapsing under attack from the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the gnawing away at the rule of law and moral values in our own countries, and our dramatically falling birthrates.
Since then, we chat frequently, even as The Siege of Western Civilization (www.siegeofwesternciv.com), has become the bestselling conservative DVD of all time, and Herb has a relentless schedule on the speaking circuit.
On the heels of the London slaughter, foreign affairs expert Daniel Pipes quickly penned several articles that make the hair on the back of your head stand on end.
Pipes, author of 12 books and a prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, has just been nominated by President George W. Bush to the board of the federally funded U.S. Institute of Peace.
Like Meyer, Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is a big hitter in the cadre of foreign affairs and subversion analysts.
In his latest article “The Next London Bombing” www.timesonline.co.uk), Pipes comments on a confidential document prepared for Prime Minister Tony Blair, entitled “Young Muslims and Extremism”, in which intelligence officials estimate there are 16,000 radicals actively engaged in terrorist activity in Britain.
Think, and pause: 250,000 troops needed for a final push to preserve democracy in Iraq and 16,000 Islamic terrorists working to undermine Britain’s democracy.
One is a figure straight out of a major battle in the Second World War, while the other suggests resources needed to win the fight against terrorism in one country alone are awesome.
So what is Canada doing?
Well, former prime minister Jean Chretien professed we had nothing to fear because we are a “multicultural” nation.
Prime Minister Paul Martin, who, as finance minister, slashed the military budget and its personnel levels 25%, just capitulated to New Democrat leader Jack Layton’s blackmail, and earmarked $4.6 billion for addition social programs.
If Martin has such weak knees he capitulates to a pipsqueak like Layton, imagine how quickly he might fall to terrorist blackmail threat.
Neville Chamberlain’s ‘Peace our time’ optimism.
No wonder Senator Colin Kenny, chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, is producing report after report documenting the appalling weaknesses in our security and defence systems.
Some, in the naive vein of Chretien, contend Canada is safe from attack because we are a safe haven for bogus refugees from which to plot future attacks in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere, so why would they end that happy arrangement?
Being a safe harbour for terrorists such as Ahmed Ressam, who from Montreal plotted to ferry explosives into the U.S. and blow up Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of 2000, should hardly make us puff up our chests with pride.
Talking of puffs—maybe we need a really big puff right now to wake Liberal Ottawa up from its idyllic, soporific state.