Who are we fighting, anyway?

The release of a movie about Flight 93 plus the black box recordings from the last moments of that flight heard in the Moussaoui case rend not so distant memories to the surface for many. William Murchison writes on the Deepened specter of darkness in the Washington Times wondering about who people are fighting and why. When you consider the dialog about firing the SecDef or all of the allegations about the President that have no substance or, now, the firing of a CIA agent who leaked classified information in order to impugn the USA, there is reason to wonder who the citizens of the US think the enemy really is.

The point is that half the time nowadays we seem to take our eye off the ball — or the target — in the war on terror, finding more time to discuss the who-leaked-what, cryptic document than the beastliness of a clique that has pledged to destroy the (corrupt, immoral, infidel, you name it) West, with maximum loss of life.

That public officials must be held to account seems obvious. That a great people seem more emotionally involved in incapacitating their own leaders than in identifying and punishing enemies is not a sign you would normally call cheerful. Except to the enemy, who must be atwitter over every indication of flagging American will in Iraq and elsewhere.

There is a sense of priorities that seems to be missing. The horrors of 9/11 seem to mean very little to some when compared to their political disapointments. As with the CIA operative and others who have not considered the law to be sufficient to govern their actions, or a few retired generals who haven’t thought through ethical and moral implications of their actions, or elected representatives whose rhetoric is used by terrorists to support their views – just what is the tragedy and who is the enemy anyway?

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