Left-Wing Ashcroft-Haters Hate America, Too

While we have had our criticisms of the
Attorney-General in the past, we wish him a speedy
recovery, and extend our sympathy to Mrs Ashcroft and
his family. You understand that the leftist hatemongers
hate Mr. Ashcroft for the following reasons: He`s

. He`s a professed

. He`s from the

He treats

illegal aliens
as if they were

. He believes in the

Second Amendment.
So while we may have criticized
him over the

Patriot Act,
or for not going

far enough
for the

Second Amendment
, the people who hate him hate us,
and probably you, too.]

oh-so-compassionate liberals could hardly contain their
glee upon hearing the

that Attorney General John Ashcroft is
suffering from a severe case of

gallstone pancreatitis.

“He has it
coming. He is utterly sub-human and evil. Suffer,
gloated an
Internet user on the

website. “[T]he world
would be better off without him,”
responded another
writer on the forum. “I hope he is in the most severe
pain a human being can suffer, and after that, I hope he
remains in constant pain with no hope of relief,”

chimed in yet another bleeding-heart Democrat. Out in
Hollywood, comedian

Bill Maher
echoed these unsparing sentiments during
his HBO talk show monologue, speculating that Ashcroft
contracted his unimaginably painful and potentially
deadly illness from “wiping his [expletive] with the
Bill of Rights.”
The audience roared with laughter.

It is not the
incivility of the Ashcroft-haters that galls me. It is
the unmitigated insipidity and apathy they display
towards what this man and his department have done to
protect their right to be free, safe, and stupid.

On the day he
was admitted to the hospital last week, for example,
Ashcroft was scheduled to speak at a Justice Department
news conference. He was

set to announce
the convictions of three jihadists
who trained in

on behalf of the Taliban and

(LET), a Pakistani terrorist group.
The defendants spun their usual “woe-is-me/Islam is a

Religion of Peace
/I`m an innocent victim of

racial profiling
” tales for their tearful relatives
and a sympathetic media. But the Justice Department
didn`t buy their stories. And neither did U.S. District
Judge Leonie Brinkema, a

Clinton appointee
, who blasted the terror cell
members` cover stories for traveling abroad to wage holy
war as “incredible” and

“simply implausible.”

Masoud Ahmad
Khan, 32, of Gaithersburg, Md., was convicted on eight
counts: conspiracy; conspiracy to levy war against the
United States; providing support to the Taliban;
conspiracy to provide support to LET; firearms
conspiracy; and three counts of use of firearms in
connection with a crime of violence.

Former Marine
Seifullah Chapman, 32, of Alexandria,
Va., was convicted of conspiring to provide material
support to LET; conspiracy; firearms conspiracy;
possession of firearms in connection with a crime of
violence; and use of a firearm in connection with a
crime of violence.

And Hammad
Abdur-Raheem, 35, of Falls Church, Va., was convicted of
conspiring to provide material support to LET;
conspiracy; and firearms conspiracy.

(By the way,
where are all the gun controllers to praise the Justice
Department for pursuing strict enforcement of their
laws? Hmm? They must be out to lunch with all the

moderate Muslim
leaders getting ready to praise
Ashcroft for going after fanatical extremists who give

a bad name. Right?)

The media elite
belittled the Ashcroft prosecutions of these Islamists
because they

practiced on a paintball field.
But brushing off
these warriors as “paintball terrorists” would be
as irresponsible as shrugging off the

September 11 hijackers
as “video game terrorists”
because they

for their

murderous missions

flight simulator software
. "For the defendants
and their co-conspirators,"
Judge Brinkema wrote,
"these games were viewed as not just an opportunity for
outdoor exercise, fellowship and an opportunity to

self-defense skills
, but also as

preparation for real combat."

Every single
time Ashcroft has brought charges against jihadists in
America, he has been mocked and vilified. Every single
time he has tightened the screws on Islamic terror
recruitment and financing, he has been

as a racist. Every single time they have
been arrested, the defendants have proclaimed their
absolute innocence. And each time Ashcroft has won
convictions against them—neutralizing terror cells in

, N.Y.,

, Detroit, and now northern Virginia—he has
been met with more condemnation and derision.

John Ashcroft
has nobly taken on the grueling job of protecting a
nation of ingrates who take joy in his illness while
terrorists continue to plot to kill us all. God bless
you, Attorney General, and get well soon. America, land
of the free and home of the thankless, needs you back.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

for Michelle Malkin`s website.