By Charles A. Morse
web posted March 18, 2002
South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, in a March 13 interview
with Dick Gordon on NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston, drew a
moral equivalence between the Sept. 11th attack on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon and the loss of civilian life in
Afghanistan resulting from the US military action against the al-
Qaida and Taliban. He stated, in a charming and almost hypnotic
manner, that the attack itself was caused by the "poverty, hunger
and disease" plaguing the third world, which he blamed, by
implication, on the US. He stated, with a slight pause and a
nervous giggle, that no one in the world celebrated after Sept.
11th, which was, of course, a boldfaced lie. He characterized the
US war against terrorism as a war of vengeance.
Tutu draws no distinction between the pre-meditated killing of
approximately 3,000 innocent people at the World Trade
Center, killed for being American, and the accidental killing of
innocent people who, regrettably, died as the US fought against
the al-Qaida militants who initiated the attack. He insisted, to a
caller who challenged him, that both are the same since both
involved the loss of innocent life. By failing to place the two
situations in a proper moral context, he excused the deliberate
killing of Americans while employing atrocity propaganda to
describe the accidental and regrettable deaths of Afghans. No
doubt, innocent civilians were also regrettably killed during the
allied landings on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, June 1944.
Leftists like Tutu view America, with our freedom, prosperity,
and moral compass, as representing the main obstacle to the
"progressive" socialist fantasy. An increasingly cacophonous
clamor of leftist voices, exemplified by Tutu, are expressing the
view that the loss of American life, as happened on Sept. 11th, is
a just punishment for the collective sin of American freedom and
economic achievement. The reasoning goes that since the
American system is inherently evil, an American military response
to this attack is reactionary to progress.
The left explains the success of American society as resulting
from the exploitation of the less successful nations of the world.
The "haves" are successful because they have somehow stolen
from the "have-nots" is how this theory works. To admit that
American success derives from human freedom, limited
government, and moral standards, would be to acknowledge the
bankruptcy of their own philosophy. They would have to accept
the burden of responsibility themselves for their own failed
system. To go a step further, the left would have to examine the
cause of the murder, according to the Black Book of
Communism, of over 100 million people at their hands.
The third world, due to its adaptation of variations of
authoritarian socialism, is solely responsible for its own poverty
and misery. The Islamic world, for example, has no middle class,
no democracy, or no conception of private ownership of
property. They shift the blame for their failure to America by
promoting conspiracy theories such as that American oil
companies are responsible for their oppression yet, what would
happen if American oil companies decided to embargo Islamic
oil and our government turned to domestic production instead?
No Bishop Tutu, there is a moral difference between the
hijacking of airplanes and the killing of thousands of innocent
people and the accidental loss of life resulting from the actions of
a nation trying to legitimately defend its people and way of life.
No Bishop Tutu, we are not to blame for the "poverty, hunger,
and disease" in the rest of the world as they have created their
own socialist hellholes with the advice and support of people
who espouse your oppressive beliefs. And as far as the emotion
of vengeance is concerned, when applied legally and in response
to such a grievous crime, vengeance can be a necessary
component toward the restoration of law and order.
Chuck Morse (www.chuckmorse.com) is a talk show host at
WROL 950 AM in Boston.
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