Facing Reality

The man who tried to blow up the Northwest plane is apparently going to be treated like a common criminal with all the rights and privileges of an American citizen. First of all, he’s not an American citizen; second, he was caught in an act of terrorism, which is not the same thing as common criminal activity.

Of course, the precedent already has been set, what with some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners to be tried in New York City. This administration doesn’t really believe in a war on terror. It’s as if 9/11 never happened.

And then there was the president’s wording when he spoke [finally] about the incident. He referred to the man with the explosives as a “suspect.” Well, let’s see: he was caught wearing explosives in his underwear, with the material already lit to go off before he was wrestled to the floor and handcuffed. To me—and I would think to the vast majority of thinking people—that makes him more than merely a suspect. Yet he will now be given all the protections of our justice system rather than being treated as a prisoner of war. What’s it going to take to shake President Obama and his people out of their deluded worldview?

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, this is one thing he’s not going to be able to blame on President Bush.

While I’m on that subject, let’s keep in mind the double standard that continues to be applied to these two presidents.

It’s reality check time. Will we face the reality in time?