In light of the increasing noise from the fifth column in America, it is a serious question whether President Bush would have the will to deploy military force even to stop a deadly serious threat to the entire citizenry right here on U.S. soil.

I’m speaking, of course, of Darfur.

Saddam’s barbaric rape rooms, chemical attacks and torture — those, liberals could live with. But now they want us to send troops to Darfur, a country from which no one anticipates terrorism anytime in the next millennium. If you’re looking for a good definition of “no imminent threat,” Darfur is it. The climate change “emergency,” set to start taking effect sometime during the next seven centuries, is a more imminent threat to the United States than Darfur.

These people can’t even wrap up genocide. We’ve been hearing about this slaughter in Darfur forever — and they still haven’t finished! The aggressors are moving like termites across that country. They seem to be committing genocide by committee. Who’s running this holocaust in Darfur, FEMA?

This is truly a war in which we have absolutely no interest. But liberals want our boys to go fight scimitar-wielding dervishes. Republicans should pass a law prohibiting liberals from mentioning Darfur until the chic New York private schools, Horace Mann and Dalton, are prepared to put up a battalion.

So no, Darfur is not the threat I was imagining.

I was thinking more about a hostage-taking, Holocaust-denying lunatic who doesn’t own a necktie but is within two years of having a nuclear bomb. You can already hear Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi saying, “If the Democrats were in charge, the use of military force wouldn’t be necessary because we’d constructively engage them.”

Damn that Bush! He’s made people who hate our guts not like us.

In uplifting thought No. 57 about the Iraq war, liberals keep telling us that Iraqis are genetically indisposed to freedom, which I would characterize as the hard bigotry of low expectations.

On this week, let us remember the message of Passover is that freedom doesn’t come easy. Moses had to grab Jews by the scruff of their necks and drag them to the desert for 40 years to get a generation capable of living in freedom — and, even then, the Jews were complaining about it being too drafty. The first “stiff-necked” generation didn’t even want to leave Egyptian captivity at all.

Once free, they complained about the food, which apparently compared unfavorably to the food back in Egypt. Kind of reminds you of liberals’ dismissive attitude toward Saddam’s rape rooms.

Even in the desert, the Jews would not stop with the worshipping of golden calves. God nearly let the whole lot of them perish, he was so angry about their idolatrous ways. Only when he had a new generation, born in freedom, that didn’t complain about the food, did he lead them to the Promised Land.

For you liberals still reading, this is all extensively covered in a book known as the “Bible.”

(Also this week, we celebrate a fast-track to freedom that doesn’t require 40 years in the desert. But as I recall, the suggestion that we convert Muslims to Christianity was shot down early on in this war.)

If you want a shorter rebuilding process, then we’re going to have to wage less humane wars. The enemy — as well as innocent civilians — must be bombed into quivering terror. Otherwise, we displace aggression but don’t destroy it.

Americans are weaker for having seen that kind of carnage in World War II. Recall that the Worst Generation was raised by the Greatest Generation. That tells you how awful war is. The Greatest Generation was so exhausted by the war, it didn’t have the spine to stand up to pot-smoking, draft-dodging hippies. But enough about Bill Clinton. If we’re going to have humane wars, they are going to take a little bit longer.

That wouldn’t be so bad, except that it gives fifth columnists more time to demoralize Americans and convince them that we are losing a war in the paramount struggle of our time. (Darfur!)

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