There must be millions of people around the world who look at our country and wonder if we are experiencing the last gasps of an empire in decline. When radical Islam attacked and killed close to 3000 Americans, in their workplace, on their own soil nine years ago, the world waited for a response that was expected to be cataclysmic. After all, as President Kennedy said in his inaugural speech: “Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger, ended up inside.” When JFK spoke those words in 1961, only 15 years after the US won its second world war, we were the tiger of the world. Yes, the cold war was still part of the national dialogue, but we felt secure in the knowledge that we would outlast the Soviet threat and continue to prosper. When the Berlin Wall came down and the USSR was dismantled, it seemed like a continuation of Manifest Destiny; as though America was uniquely positioned to spread democracy throughout the world. As the mightiest nation in history, no country stood a chance against us. The closest strike on our interests around the world had been the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Our response to that murderous raid culminated in the atomic bombings of 2 Japanese cities 4 years later.
Of course, that was when we knew exactly who and where our enemies were and how to pay them back for taking American lives. When radical Muslims bombed the World Trade Center the first time in 1993, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand, the public was outraged, but wasn’t clear about who to strike back at. Inasmuch as terrorists have formed an elusive international conspiracy that is not openly sanctioned by any government, nuclear weapons don’t have the same deterrent power. That makes it difficult to put our enemies in the crosshairs. Add to that the fact that we’re dealing with a group of homicidal fanatics who are willing to give up their own worthless lives in order to kill us and you have a grim prognosis for the future. We can’t imagine asking our soldiers to commit suicide by flying airplanes into occupied buildings. Therefore, one of the most powerful weapons we have is symbolism. It’s vital that the world knows how strong we feel about a religion that has been hijacked by extremists and turned into a killing machine that uses people, including children, as bombs. Now, in the most revolting example of colossal gall I’ve ever witnessed, Muslims want to build a 15-story mega-Mosque and Islamic community center a few hundred feet from Ground Zero, where extremist followers of their religion murdered thousands of innocent people. If this doesn’t tell us that they have no respect for the US, nothing will convince us. To refer to this as an insult would be an understatement of huge proportion. The scene of that horrible tragedy has become sacred ground to millions of Americans, especially to the loved ones of the victims, who, like millions of others around the globe, will never forget the sight of people jumping from great heights, rather than face a fiery death in that Islamic Jihad-created inferno. The excruciating pain for the families of the 911 victims becomes even more agonizing when you realize that Faisel Rauf, the Imam who will be running it, is the guy who, in a “60 Minutes” segment, just weeks after the 911 attack, said, "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” Moreover, the name of the planned obscenity will be Cordoba House, named for Cordoba, Spain, the capital of Muslim conquerors. Could it be made any clearer that this is being done to celebrate a victory for Muslims? In typical liberal fashion, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is supporting this desecration by stating that, “Everything the United States stands for and New York stands for is tolerance and openness.” One wonders how he’d react if the German government decided to build a cultural center down the road from Auschwitz, or if Japan decided to finance a Shinto shrine in the vicinity of the Pearl Harbor memorial. Frankly, I’m tired of being told that I’m not tolerant enough because I refuse to let people wipe their feet on my country. I’m fed up with being told that I must be more open-minded when I speak out against those who use our freedoms as a club to bludgeon us with. We’re on the verge of losing this great nation because we’re being conquered from within. The tiger JFK referred to is slowly, inexorably, being turned into paper. Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. During his early years with NYPD, Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude from New York Institute of Technology. He retired as a sergeant after supervising patrol in Midtown Manhattan, the busiest precinct in the country. After owning and operating a wine and liquor retail business in Long Island for 5 years, he sold it and moved to Flower Mound, Texas. Bob began a writing career about 12 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. “City to Die For” is the true story of the organized crime wars involving mafia infiltration in the Dallas area during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Bob went on to write and publish a total of seven books, and also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human”.