Gore Wants Revenge, Not Prevention of Terrorism

September 29, 2002

by Mary Mostert, Analyst - Banner of Liberty

About 48 hours before the German election on Sunday, Herta Daeubler-Gmelin, a Social Democrat minister in Chancellor Gerhard Schroederís cabinet, was quoted as saying at a labor union meeting: "Bush wants to divert attention from domestic political problems" and onto Iraq. Itís a method that is sometimes favored. Hitler also did that."

Schroederís conservative challenger, Edmund Stoiber, accused Schroeder of damaging US-German relations and called for Daeubler-Gmelinís resignation, accusing her of damaging Germanyís reputation internationally. Schroeder won only 38.5% of the vote, 2% fewer votes than in 1998, but can form a government with the Green party, which won 8% of the vote. Schroeder apologized to Bush, who, according to the Gallup poll, enjoys the support of 70% of the American, for his ministerís alleged statement and Daeubler-Gmelin insisted she never said that in the first place.

Whatever the truth of the ministerís actual statement, comparing George W. Bush with Hitler is the latest anti-Bush propaganda I get from anti-Semitic groups, on the left and the right, many of whom seem to have adopted some of Hitlerís own rhetoric. Adolf Hitler, people often forget, wrapped himself in a grotesque version of Christian piety, similar to Osama bin Ladenís grotesque version of Muslim piety, to justify his criminal acts. Hitler wrote in 1922, ""My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, Godís truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison."

In 1998, Osama bin Laden said in an interview with ABC News, "Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be rewarded for it by God"

On the domestic front, former Vice-President Al Gore criticized George W. Bush in a speech in San Francisco, saying: "We should focus our efforts first and foremost against those who attacked us on September 11th and have thus far gotten away with it." Bushís United Nations speech, Gore charged, was an effort "to diminish our focus on avenging the 3,000 Americans who were murdered and dismantling the network of terrorists who we know to be responsible for it."

I donít think the scattered, deposed, captured and dead Taliban and Al Qaeda forces would agree with Gore that they "have thus far gotten away" with their attacks on 9-11. And, of course, not one time has President Bush made "avenging", that is revenge, Americaís goal. He clearly and simply outlined the direction he planned to lead America in his 8:30 P.M. speech to the American people on September 11, 2001 when he said:

"Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

"The functions of our government continue without interruption. ... Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.

"The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. Iíve directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."

The Bush response was not a demand for revenge. It was a four-part plan to:

  1. Help the injured and protect American citizens from further attacks

  2. Continue the functions of government and steady the American economy

  3. Search for, and find those responsible and bring them to justice.

  4. Search for, and find and bring to justice those who harbor or assisted those who actually carried out the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

Goal #1 has been accomplished so far. Goal #2 is largely accomplished, in spite of dedicated efforts on the part of some to scare people into a recession. Goal #3 is in process. Goal #4 is in the planning stage.

Goreís would wait until there is another terrorist attack - possibly with a weapon of mass destruction - and then take revenge. George W. Bush is determined to PREVENT another terrorist attack.

At the risk of being labeled a warmonger, I have to say doing nothing until terrorists succeed in wiping out an American city doesnít appeal to me.



Mary Mostert was writing professionally on political issues as a teen-ager in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1940s. In the 1960s, she wrote a weekly column for the Rochester Times Union, a Gannett paper and was one of 52 American women who attended the 17 Nation Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Switzerland to ban testing of nuclear bombs in the atmosphere. She was a licensed building contractor for 29 years, as she raised her six children. She served an 18 month mission as Public Affairs Director for the Africa Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1990-91. In the 1990s she wrote a book, Coming Home, Families Can Stop the Unraveling of America, edited the Reagan Monthly Monitor and talk show host Michael Reagan’s Information Interchange for seven years. She now operates the website, Banner of Liberty.

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