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January 17, 2013

Freedom under siege since 9/11

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We have come a long way since Sept. 11, 2001.

We fought two wars ostensibly to protect freedom at home for Americans, promote it in two countries and to make the world safer – and achieved none of those goals.

A few examples: In the United States, officials blamed an anti-Muslim video for killing Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, not Al Qaeda linked terrorists as evidence immediately made clear. He was the first U.S. ambassador killed in office since 1979. The noose of political correctness prevents government officials from labeling the 13 murders of people at Fort Hood in Texas by Maj. Nidal Hasan an act of terror. Witnesses to the slaughter said Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (“God is Great!”) before opening fire. The Obama administration classifies the assault as “workplace violence.”

And those who point out acts of Islamic extremism, as Pamela Geller did in transit ads across the country,  quoting the Quran and terrorists’ definitions of jihad, are labeled “racist.” Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America,” is no stranger to controversy. She is known primarily for her opposition to the Ground Zero mosque and for her transit ads. A sample: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized manSupport Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

Jarring, yes. But should she have had to sue the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other cities to run them? Isn’t this America?

And then there is the Patriot Act, passed six weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, which makes it much easier for the government to spy on citizens.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of U.S. troops have died only to have Islamic law largely govern those lands. 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden may be dead, but Al Qaeda has not gone away and Afghanistan is one of the most hostile countries for women. Girls are forced into plural marriages, women killed for “honor” and frequently raped with impunity. In response to Afghan troops murdering U.S. soldiers, the Pentagon ordered Islamic sensitivity training. Among the rules: soldiers must not show the bottom of their boots when sitting across from a Muslim, blow their nose or offer or accept anything with their left hand, as if violating any of those codes deserves death. Remind me why we are over there again?

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