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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Amen, Rick Santorum!

Over at The Corner Kathryn Lopez has posted the rough transcript a Senate source sent her, of a speech Rick Santorum gave on the floor of the Senate today. You can (and should) read it here.

Earlier, Kathryn posted:
He's angrily reacting to Democratic reaction to the president's speech last night . I tuned in late but hve been told by a semi-objective observer that he "eviscerated" a Harry Reid speech from earlier. He's focusing on Islaofascism and Iran now, as he does. The whole jist of it seems to be a good cold-water speech a post-9/11 five-years later pep talk. We had the tears and reflection yesterday, now let's deal with the war-world we're in.

Would be nice to know that adult will still be in the room — on the floor — come January.
Here is a portion of the speech:

I remember early in this war many were calling the terrorists cowards, as if these people were weak and that they had no real resolve. These people are not weak. They are misguided, horribly misguided. But they are not weak. They are a dangerous enemy. They are a dangerous enemy that has an ideology that is phoet — that is motivating people. And they have a tactic that is uniquely effective against us. As osama bin laden says, "we will defeat you because you love life. We love death." And we do love life in this country because we have a lot to live for. We have great freedom. We have great material wealth. We have a wonderful culture.

They, on the other hand, for the most part have none of those. They love death because they see death is better than life, and they're willing to die. In fact, they want to die. We've never fought an enemy like this. We've never fought an enemy that wanted to die as part of the victory for them. We always fought enemies who saw death as a tragic consequence of war and that their objective was an earth lick kingdom. Not this — an earthly kingdom. Not this enemy. This enemy, death is the part of the war as a desire for entering into this battle, and that their kingdom is not one that they want to build here but one that they want to achieve after death.
Absolutely right. What is it going to take for the LIBS to COMPREHEND all of this??? A terrorist-flown plane into the headquarters of the ACLU?

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