City of Roses
On Wednesday, Karl Rove, White House advisor, in a speech at the New York Conservative Party headquarters, said the following:
"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies."
First, I must say to some degree, he's right, and I'll tell you why.
For over two years now I've been wanting to understand why our administration, rather than keeping their eye on Al-Qaeda, went off to war in Iraq, a country that didn't attack us on 9/11. I've been wanting to understand what Iraq ever had to do with 9/11!
Instead of focusing all our attention on the attackers themselves, our administration took us to war against Saddam. Why did they lie? Why is the war still going? Why are we no closer to progress now since after Bush said "mission accomplished"? Why won't those who passionately believe in this war willing to make the sacrifice on the fields and rather count on low-income youth who desire going to college and the mlitary is their only available outlet to earn the money expect to do so?
Yes, I want to understand that! I wish Rove and others would tell us why.
The bottom line here is, I don't think Rove should apologize for what he said himself. He is right about that we want to understand. As far as what he said about understanding our enemies, I believe our enemies must be jailed and punished as much as the next person over on the other side of the aisle, but the bottom line is, I believe fighting fire with fire only scatters the flames around, and to understand why there is such hate in the world, we need to recognize the origins and events that generated these terrorist instincts.
Rather, I think Rove should apologize for deliberately exploiting 9/11 to purposely divide our nation further, continuing to attempt to force the ridiculous notion that "liberals hate America" when all I call for is understanding and results.
To add to that, I certainly was saddened to hear O'Reilly's comments earlier this week on Monday:
"And any American that undermines that war, with our soldiers in the field, or undermines the war on terror, with 3,000 dead on 9-11, is a traitor.
Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less."
Is McCarthyism making a comeback...or taking a new form?
If Rove apologizes, I will accept it, but if not, I truly can't help but feel it is.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"