Daniel B. Kline: 911 victims deserve betterPublished 5:49pm Friday, September 18, 2009
While 2,752 Americans will never return home to their families, the man who orchestrated their deaths remains free to plot his next attack against our nation.
President George Bush failed to capture or kill bin Laden because he decided to invade Iraq and attack Saddam Hussein – a bad guy, but not the bad guy.
We might as well have invaded Libya or North Korea because those countries also have horrendous, villainous dictators who deserve to die, but did not cause the events of 9/11.
Not only have we not caught the guy who admits to planning the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers, but we no longer appear to be doing much to look for him.
Most likely this is because we have a tenuous political relationship with both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
If we carpet bomb the hills and mountains of those countries where bin Laden likely resides, we might commit a diplomatic faux pas.
Put succinctly, we’re not catching the guy who waged open war on our country because it might offend the people who are hiding him in the first place.
That’s like having lunch at a friend’s house while you both know her husband is molesting kids in the next room but not saying anything because it might seem impolite.
If Pakistan and Afghanistan provide safe harbor, even semi-unknowing safe harbor for a monster like bin Laden, then these countries are not our friends.
I don’t generally allow the people who seek to do my pals harm to live in my basement and the same rule should apply to international diplomacy.
The events of that dark day may fade in our collective consciousness, but they do not not fade in the minds of people who lost loved ones.
In New York, the reverberations of the attacks are still felt.
It’s a wound that will not heal and one that will always be a part of the fabric of the city.
New York’s a little nicer now and its people are more openly supportive of each other.
Through tragedy people find strength and what bin Laden thought would break us has only made us stronger.
None of this newfound strength has been put to bear to bring bin Laden to justice.
Instead, while this monster remains free we still have countless American troops in a pointless war in Iraq.
Instead of tearing apart the countryside to find our greatest enemy, we are spending lives in a country that does not want or appreciate our help.
The victims of 9/11 deserve our continued vigilance.
They deserve to know we left no stone unturned and did everything imaginable to catch the man who planned their deaths.
Anything less is an insult to their memories.
Daniel B. Kline’s work appears in more than 100 papers weekly.
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