Among the things captured when Osama bin Laden departed this world to get his seventy-two white grapes were his personal journals. The Los Angeles Times noted:
In one passage, Bin Laden wondered how many Americans would have to die in U.S. cities to force the U.S. government to withdraw from the Arab world. He concluded that it would require another mass murder on the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks to spur a reversal in U.S. policy, an official said.
This is where Mr bin Laden, like Hideki Tojo and Isoroku Yamamoto before him, and, I’d guess, a lot of people who aren’t Americans have never understood America. Naval Marshall General Yamamoto opposed war with the United States, but believed that if it was to come, the United States Pacific Fleet had to be knocked out first. He accomplished that much, but in the process took a divided nation which wanted to stay out of the wars in the Pacific and Europe and united our people behind President Roosevelt, in one great, boiling, angry mass, fixed on revenge for the attacks and destruction of enemies we had suffered to survive as long as they left us alone.
George Bush took the Presidency of a nation very divided in its opinion of him, with many people thinking that he somehow cheated his way into the Oval Office; al Qaeda’s attack on September 11th united the American people behind President Bush, in one great, boiling, angry mass, fixed on revenge for the attacks and destruction of enemies we had suffered to survive as long as they left us alone.
The reaction of the American people to what Osama bin Fishfood thought would be an attack to “force the U.S. government to withdraw from the Arab world” would be to redouble our efforts to exterminate the vermin. That has been our history, and that is simply what Americans do.