<p>I found this to be an interesting read. In the light of other threads by the CC-left which is eager to equate Christianity with radical Islam, here is one liberal who sees Islamic terrorism for what it is.
On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.</p>
<p>This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are. </p>
<p>At its most extreme, liberal denial has found expression in a growing subculture of conspiracy theorists who believe that the atrocities of 9/11 were orchestrated by our own government. A nationwide poll conducted by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University found that more than a third of Americans suspect that the federal government "assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East;" 16% believe that the twin towers collapsed not because fully-fueled passenger jets smashed into them but because agents of the Bush administration had secretly rigged them to explode. </p>
<p>*Such an astonishing eruption of masochistic unreason could well mark the decline of liberalism, if not the decline of Western civilization. *</p>
<p>Given the mendacity and shocking incompetence of the Bush administration especially its mishandling of the war in Iraq liberals can find much to lament in the conservative approach to fighting the war on terror. Unfortunately, liberals hate the current administration with such fury that they regularly fail to acknowledge just how dangerous and depraved our enemies in the Muslim world are.
<p>I think the last quoted sentence pretty well sums up the situation as I see it on CC.</p>