The Last Helicopter

In an article appearing in the March 9, 2006 WSJ Opinion Journal, author Amir Taheri speaks of a dream of Hassan Abbasi of the last helicopter ferrying the fleeing Americans as they are fleeing the Middle East (The Abode of Islam) and being shot at.


Taheri asserts that Hassan Abbasi has been addressing crowds in Tehran informing them that “the U.S. does not have the stomach for a long conflict and will soon revert to its traditional policy of "running away," leaving Afghanistan and Iraq, indeed the whole of the Middle East, to be reshaped by Iran and its regional allies.” Of course, this is the “strategy” we showed in Viet Nam as we allowed the anti-war left to make a mockery of our brave troops sacrifice and allowed the Communist North Vietnamese to just waltz in and enslave all of South Viet Nam. Over and over again, America has shown we are not to be counted on in times of battle and have all too often abandoned our freedom-seeking allies in their time of need.


Relating it to the infamous picture of the CIA helicopter ferrying the last people they could carry out of Saigon, Mr. Taheri states, It was that image in Saigon that concluded the Vietnam War under Gerald Ford. Jimmy Carter had five helicopters fleeing from the Iranian desert, leaving behind the charred corpses of eight American soldiers. Under Ronald Reagan the helicopters carried the corpses of 241 Marines murdered in their sleep in a Hezbollah suicide attack. Under the first President Bush, the helicopter flew from Safwan, in southern Iraq, with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf aboard, leaving behind Saddam Hussein’s generals, who could not believe why they had been allowed live to fight their domestic foes, and America, another day. Bill Clinton’s helicopter was a Black Hawk, downed in Mogadishu and delivering 16 American soldiers into the hands of a murderous crowd.”


It would appear the President George Bush is considered an aberration in that it is felt that as long as he is President, “there will be no Last Helicopter.” Iranian President Ahmadinejad is now merely “waiting Bush out,” desiring a change of policies and a return of the weak kneed policies former administrations have shown America to embrace.


Mr. Taheri asserts that the attacks of September 11 have changed the perspective of Americans towards the dangers of the world and terrorism and that successive leaders will carry forth the policies of the Bush Administration. Sadly, it appears that too many Democrats and their supporters disagree.


America has been rolling over and going back to sleep ever since 1979 when Iran stormed the American Embassy and took our people hostage. 9-11 should have been the wake-up call to finally show America the seriousness of terrorism.


We have had two attacks on our own soil and untold numbers more against American interests overseas. Many have woken up and see what needs to be done, finally. Too many more have not.

As a former US Army Helicopter Crew Chief, the helicopter metaphor comes pretty close to home. While there have been "Last Helicopters" all too often, "First Helicopters" have been taking the attack back to terrorists and supporters since shortly after 9-11.

The world itself did not change. But, strong leaders that can see the dangers poised by decades of coddling terrorists have stood up and said enough!

America was united on this until one party saw opposition as a road back to power, at the peril of our men and women currently in harms way. Should they regain power and once again treat acts of war as crimes, you can expect many more 9-11s.

How many more innocents need die until you realize that we are dealing with the equivalent of a herd of rabid dogs that need killed? We need to ensure our elected leaders have what it takes to defeat these animals and end their reign of terror against not only America, but freedom desiring people of the Middle East as well.





2 Responses to “The Last Helicopter”

  1. Castles Says:

    Greetings from Shanghai.

  2. LEW Says:

    Hello, Sevencastles and thank you for stopping by. How are things in Shanghai?

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