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Tuesday, January 27, 2004  

Contact with the enemy

The Belmont Club can always be counted on for the most trenchant observations about the War on Terror, and the various twists and turns it takes. Here, for example, he quickly illustrates the importance of what we've learned simply by engaging the enemy in the field rather than holding back.

The liberal sneering at the American failure to find WMD stockpiles in Iraq is like making fun of a man who, having been tested for diabetes, receives a negative result but is told that what he really has is cancer. The US rightly feared that rogue states were developing weapons of mass destruction but did not have the breadth of imagination to conceive of the extraordinary web of cooperation between Pakistan, North Korea, European arms dealers and the Arabian states, who contributing according to their abilities, solved the problem of the atomic bomb. We went looking for an Iraqi bomb and found an international one.

The race to prevent rogue nations from acquiring WMDs has already been lost, and the race to keep them from falling into private hands is all but.

The mainstream press often forgets that the cure for gaps in intelligence is not more introspection but active reconnaissance. The key value of the Global War on Terror lies not so much in the immediate damage it does to the enemy but in the information that comes to light as a result of continuous contact with the foe. The world would never have known about the extent of WMD proliferation had America listened to the United Nations and the leftist lobby. In many ways, the most dangerous place to be is where the liberals think to find illusory safety -- out of contact with the enemy, where he is proof from our blows and we cannot sense the dagger poised to strike.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:21 AM |