The Terrorists Won

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Actually, the terrorists — whoever they might be — didn’t really win. Terrorists never win, because terrorists can’t win. Terrorism might be able to inflict serious damage; but, ultimately, terrorism fails because terrorism is idiotic. The goal of super-patriarchal theocracy is unachievable beyond the benighted outlands like Afghanistan, Mali or Dearborn, Mich., where women have no sense of real freedom. Moreover, terrorism’s career arc is shorter than a teenager’s attention span. Most of the all-stars die at the height of their talents; the rest end up living in either caves or, worse, Pakistan.

Sure, the Democrats might try to dress it up in a beret and an AK-47 and call it “A People’s Revolution against the colonial blah-blah-blah.” But in the end, it’s Che Guevara in a casket, Osama bin Laden with a gaping head wound, Tim McVeigh with a needle in his arm or Bill Ayers teaching education to future ThinkProgress bloggers.

And terrorism does make the occasional incursion. The sort of anybody-but-America ideology does have its appeal to the permanent soft-underbelly-of-society types. Witness San Francisco, Chicago, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and whatever is left of Detroit. But beyond the urban rats’ nests that provide the Democrats with their triple soy lattes, imposing the sort of government terrorists dream of would be so costive as to make Pyrrhus wince. In short, terrorism can’t defeat us.

However, we can certainly do the job for the terrorists. In fact, the process is pretty simple. When terrorists attack, we turn to our government and beg for shelter like a battered wife begging forgiveness for overcooking the pot roast. We look past the rape of our liberty to the happy home of safety. And we trust a government that has repeatedly proven it’s almost as responsible as a teenage girl with an unsecured credit card.

The abominable Patriot Act, a bastard child of authoritarian greed and post-9/11 hysteria, is now the sole real tool by which they shall sow our freedoms… or reap them. And lest you make the mistake of thinking President Barack Obama is the lone villain in this tableau of tyranny, remember President George W. Bush midwifed the Patriot Act into the cold of light of day — with the full participation of a bipartisan majority. At the time, civil libertarians from sea to shining sea warned against it, noting that the act had essentially just added an unspoken “unless the President thinks you’re uncool.”

When President Richard M. Nixon wiped his feet on the Constitution, the Nation united to knock him out of his shoes. When Bush did the same, the Nation invited him in for coffee and doughnuts. The only difference between the two was that Bush used the magic words: “national security.” Neither Nixon nor Bush could imagine what Obama had in store.

And there’s no way in Allah’s endless sands that any terrorist could have foreseen it. Not only did we allow members of the political class to crush our windpipes with the jackboots of tyranny, but we begged them to do it. After the Patriot Act — which then-Senator Obama vociferously opposed — and its rape of the Bill of Rights opened the door, President Obama barreled through with Attorney General Eric Holder, the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency and immediately set about proving correct his earlier self.

But look on the bright side: At least we freed ourselves from the terrorism — except for Boston, and Fort Hood and April 15.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Jeremy Leochner

    For once I agree with Mr. Crystal. It is wrong to sacrifice civil
    liberties out of fear of terrorist attacks. And indeed Obama has been
    just as bad as Bush in this department. The way to “win” the war on
    terror is to stand by our rights and our principles. Surrendering and
    abandoning them only makes us more like the terrorists. And us being
    like the terrorists is the only way that the terrorists win.

    • 45caliber

      Actually, I think the only ones who really fear the terrorists and demand government protect are those who have already given up all their freedoms by insisting on government “free” money.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        I don’t know if that’s what it is 45. There were plenty of people who supported things like the Patriot Act who prided themselves on not taking anything from the government.

  • dan

    Some terrorists go far : marx,mao,stalin,hitler,castro,polpot,mugabbe,
    ,baby doc duvalier,…some aggrieved Southerners argue Lincoln…
    but the axioms that power corrupts and that knowledge is power will be born out
    by the NSA and Big Brother.

    er, for the record ; Ron Paul didn’t vote for the un-Patriot Act or the NDAA…
    think about it

    • 45caliber

      And Clinton put in NAFTA.

  • KG

    I find it interesting that Mr Crystal put some blame on two Republican presidents. Don’t forget Raygun – he sold all of manufacturing to the lowest bidder. As well as Bush 1 who moved the unionized Aerospace industry in Southern California to right-to-work Texas; there by destroying many good paying jobs as well as destroying the tax base for California. And, yet, despite all of this evidence, Mr Crystal cannot bring himself to vote Democrat. Paul Rand showed us the REAL side of the so-called “libertarians” – little Mussolinis I like to call them. Why? Because you care about the ‘fetusus’. And like a true Catholic, we need to preserve these fetti until they are born. Then we let the “free market’ take over. Sorry, but absolutely no tax dollars for the care of that baby.

    And you call yourself “christian’? Wait, with a name like Crystal, you must be Jewish. I wonder what your southern, white, christian members think about that?

    • Vigilant

      KG, your rants are becoming more disjointed and ridiculous with each passing day.

    • chocopot

      You are a very disturbed person. Please go back on your meds.

      • independent thinker

        KG muxt be the abreviation for Komrad Goofy.

    • 45caliber

      You really need to talk to a psyciatrist. You need their help.
      Incidently, most white christian members here in the South have no problems with Jews. That seems reserved for those of you in the North East.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      The jobs in California would not have hiked to TX unless their CEOs made the decisions based on the problems and hardships they were having in California. They were choices made to save the companies. Have companies, make and have jobs, just not for Californians who made bad choices.

    • mnkysnkle

      Are you talking about Paul Rand the graphics designer? And what does he have to do with all your babbling?

  • Wellarmed

    I believe that you said that the “terrorists can never win” Mr. Crystal. I must take exception to that comment as I believe that they already have won as far as I can tell.

    The America that I experienced in childhood would be as distant as the earth is to the moon for children of this generation. They are being raised and indoctrinated to believe that the police state is a normal state of affairs. And although I agree with many of your observations I find it hard to believe that you cannot fathom that they (IE US Government) have already accomplished their objective.

    This was never about a foreign attack on US soil, but simply a means to and end for those needing to consolidate power.

  • jim b

    When will we heed the words of Ben Franklin:
    When we the citizens can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety we deserve neither safety nor liberty.

    A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

    If the twelve year sentence, and the now government controlled higher education teaching facilities continue to operate as they do, our once great society is doomed. We are nearly 50 percent there, the next three years may make it unrecoverable.

  • manuel

    Ben, another good post, but terrorism did win in Vietnam. We let the VC and the NVA take over the US’s MSM and declare victory, although we had them on the ropes. Be careful ladies, this might be doing a curtain call and this time, the stakes are much higher than just Vietnam.