Rubin points out that regarding the terrorist attack by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, the issue is not the heroes who shined in saving the victims or capturing the brothers, nor even the quality of the police work -- the issue is the vulnerability of the US revealed by the attack.
Even if there have not been many successful big terror attack since 9/11, there is cause for concern because of the small attacks that have succeeded, attacks that have not been recognized as such: who can forget the case of Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, who murdered his fellow soldiers while yelling "Allah Hu-Akbar" -- which Obama has referred to as "workplace violence".
As Rubin points out, on September 11, 2001, the only revolutionary Islamist governments were in Iran and Afghanistan.
Today the list of Islamist governments is longer:
- Gaza Strip
- Turkey and
- soon Syria
Years ago there was a joke in South Africa, before the end of the apartheid regime. The government builds a giant computer and asks it, "In the year 2000 will South Africa be ruled by whites or blacks?"Read the whole thing.
The computer says, "Whites."
But then the officials think of the friction between the Boers (Dutch-speakers) and the English speakers so they ask: "What language will they be speaking?"
And the answer comes back "Russian."
This is sort of what happened with the hopes of the left" this week:
"What race will be the Boston terrorists be?"
"What a relief!"
"Yes, Caucasian Muslims."
The important question now is what lessons will the US learn from the Boston Marathon bombing, and whether the US has the wherewithal to act upon them.
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