Despite my parent's efforts, I had no idea how to defend myself. They exiled me to summer camp in an effort to wean me from dependence. More likely they were just trying to get me out of their hair.
Camps, the prisons of unsuspecting youths, were run by the toughest of the tough, the king of the inmates, the bullies that everyone knew would be fatal to defy. It must have been how real gangs started, only here there were lakes, forests and mountains…OK hills, after all it was Wisconsin. I heard this one bully's neighborhood was so tough they used .38 specials as toenail clippers. Going to the guards (councilors) was rumored to be fatal.
It was the way it was…until one day, King Kong went too far in roughing me up on a day when I was in a ghastly mood. As he trundled away in his vicious cockiness, I threw caution to the wind and called him an obscene name. He and his entourage of bootlickers turned in, what was at first, shock; then a detectable fear of the unknown. It became obvious to me that he had never experienced this kind of reaction. All eyes opened wide and focused on Godzilla. That fear turned rather quickly to panicked attack.
He ran as fast as his fat legs would carry his evil bulk…straight at me. Instinctively I raised my left fist, straightened my arm while gritting my teeth. The raging bull put it into high gear. He was so off balance, reckless and sure of himself; he ran right into my little ball of knuckles and crushed his nose on my resolve. As blood gushed from his proboscis, I don't know who was more shocked, him and his entourage or me.
There was a stunned silence, a sort of recognition of a sea change neither one of us had anticipated before the ramming. Mercifully, his goons dragged him away. He toned down his rhetoric to others and actually tried to befriend me.
Why this personal story, by a columnist that discusses domestic and international politics? Well…
On an international basis, Osama tried to bully us, despite our obvious strengths. When he started attacking us, he'd just come off an amazing victory (with US help) against the entire Soviet Union, turning away their attempts to drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan.
When he turned his religious nuts on us in the form of suicide murderers on 9/11, he was sure Allah wanted him to kill every American and Jew. He delivered a Fatwah saying as much in 1997. He thought he was invincible.
Why? US Presidents from 1979 through the disastrous reign of Clinton, distinct in it's miscalculation of Al Qaeda's threat, were the pussycats of the World…and its laughing stock.
Al Qaedains stopped laughing when Bush started dropping daisy cutters on their caves and put troops on the ground trying to put boots up their fleeing arses. Now the bullies are no longer attacking on America's soil. When they're not Jihading Iraqis, they're blowing up trains, busses and autos in Europe…those countries that are still flaunting their anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, while wallowing in their oil-for-food billions, and voting against the US in the UN Security Council.
Seems Europe was convinced that their Muslim populations would NEVER attack those that sucked up to their anti west bias. That attitude is considered weakness by terrorists and like sharks; they followed the yellow streak like it was fresh blood.
Al Qaeda is consistent in going after weaklings. Bombing the trains in Spain and Britain, burning the Renaults (a plus to auto lovers around the world) in Paris, they're now spreading to other Euro nations using their resident Muslims as terror mongers to their Euro hosts. Hopefully the snots in France will grow a collective brain before we have to save their sorry bought-off asses for the 3rd time in 90 years!
With the ever increasing attacks on Muslims, Al Qaeda continues to show its political ineptness and cowardice. Like Hitler blaming Germans for not living up to his lunatic standards, the nutty Islamics are pointing their suicide belts at…fellow Muslims. Iraqis are more a target now than American troops. The attacks on a Muslim wedding and two other multi-suicide murders in Jordan have the Arabs out on the street.
Are they demonstrating against the Sharon and the Israelis?
Are they railing against Bush?
Are they revolting against the Neocons?
Are they taking out their frustrations on America?
Are they burning crosses?
Are they still celebrating the slaughter of innocents on 9/11?
No! Shockingly they're out there demonstrating AGAINST their fellow Muslims, terrorists in general and Zarqawi and Al Qaeda in particular.
Bin Ladin has rammed his hefty snoot against Bush's straight fist. His brethren are shocked and in the flails of writhing last, but dangerous throes. Their political base is dwindling, even amongst their own. The terrorists will be dangerous as long as they keep the loonies convinced that the virgins are still waiting. Pretty soon even they'll figure out that there aren't enough virtuous gals to go around.
Even Arab Nations are beginning to figure out that the way to beat a bully is to face him, even if he is a so-called "fellow" Muslim.