Sunday, December 9, 2007

That Other War

Originally published by Political Grind - October 23, 2007
"Our enemies are not all we need to fear, we must fear those that refuse to name them".
-- Susan Duclos (Spree)


Western civilization is in the midst of a war for its very existence and we are losing this war.

No, I’m not talking about the ongoing wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. I'm not referring to those recent ominous clashes between the Turks and the PKK in Northern Iraq, nor even that increasingly dangerous, but seemingly inevitable confrontation with the terrorist state of Iran.

I’m talking about that other war, that larger, more deadly global conflict that nobody wants to talk about. I’m talking about that increasingly obvious and undeniable Clash of Civilizations, in which these bloody battles in the Middle East merely represent the most visible manifestations.

We have distorted the facts and ignored the evidence in our pathetic efforts to deny the very existence of this greater war, and to hopefully postpone that unavoidable day of reckoning.

While in Iraq itself some promising signs are emerging. In his creative counterinsurgency strategy (COIN), General Petraeus has found it expedient to reach out to those “moderate” Muslims in an effort to form working alliances against the insurgents and radicals, and thus far has achieved sosme remarkable success.
But can these successful tactics in the battle of Iraq be translated to that larger and more subtle battleground in that other war, that growing and already formidable Islamic onslaught against the West?
Unfortunately, no. In fact, almost the exact opposite is true.

It is estimated that within twenty years the population of Marseilles will be majority Muslim. Almost all of the liberal Western democracies are being overwhelmed by hordes of Muslim immigrants, mostly from North Africa, immigrants who bring their savage and backward culture (and their alarming birth rate) with them. The liberal Western societies have been attempting to deal with this growing menace with the pitiful weapons of tolerance and understanding. For the sake of embracing some feel-good, why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along-together concepts of multiculturalism and diversity they are in the process of losing their historical and traditional European cultures.

The industrial cities of northern England have become majority Muslim. London is fast becoming Londonistan. The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain — one by one, these European countries are awakening to the deadly peril which they have allowed into their midst. Little Switzerland, in its most recent elections, seems to be determined to fight back against this loss of its cultural identity. But is it too little too late? For some countries, the damage may have already been done.

It is a gross misrepresentation of the facts to refer to this monumental crisis that the West now faces as a War on Terror. For all of the terror that can be generated by some murderous and well-publicized attack, the most deadly threat to our existence comes, not from the terrorists, but from these ubiquitous cultural invasions, which we in the West — precisely because of our liberal and tolerant values — are woefully unprepared to counter.

The Islamic culture which is attempting, and in some cases succeeding in infiltrating and subsuming its welcoming democratic host countries is one of the most brutal cultures in history. It stands in direct opposition to everything our liberal Western culture holds valuable. It is a pitiless totalitarian theocracy which denigrates individuality and scientific progress. It is completely and utterly intolerant of any other point of view. It brutalizes and seeks to subjugate its women to the will of the superior male. It responds to criticism or dissent with a combination of intimidation and violence. Those few heroic journalists, authors and politicians who have dared to question or criticize Islam have either been forced into hiding or been murdered.

These barbaric invasions are being aided and abetted by our own liberal 'multiculturalists'. Under the dictates of multiculturalism and diversity we have been forbidden to even acknowledge the existence of these threats — let alone deal with them. We have even ceded the moral high ground to these medieval brutes, meekly acquiescing to the delusions of cultural moral equivalency — as though somehow the beheading of a Daniel Pearl equates with the embarrassment of a Britney Spears. If we even attempt to redress these issues we are immediately branded as xenophobic racists.

Consider for a moment the utter absurdity of this statement:
We are six years into this so-called War on Terror and we are still unwilling or unable to honestly identify our enemies and confront them for fear of being impolite.

Here is the hard truth and it’s time we faced it. Whether we went into Iraq or not, the war that we have had thrust upon us will continue. For it is not just about Iraq or Afghanistan; it is not just about Al-Qaeda. This war is not about what we have done or not done in the Middle East. This war that we are in is a war against a culture, the hate-driven 15th century, pride/revenge male warrior culture of the Arab/Islamic world (in which I include Iran). Whether we choose to see it this way or not, the facts remain that we are, indeed, in the midst of a Clash of Civilizations. There is nothing more dangerous in a time of war than underestimating your enemy.

For those amongst us who still wonder “why can’t we all just get along together?” I suggest that you remember once again that awful day in September. I suggest that you take out those pictures of the nineteen hijackers again and look closely at those faces. This is the enemy. They are implacable in their hatred towards us. They are willing to die to kill us. The civilized West is once again being besieged by savage barbarian hordes, driven by their brutal and uncompromising religion. And we don’t know how to fight back. All that we have learned that makes us civilized now works against us and to our enemy’s advantage.

If anyone seriously believes that we are going to defeat this ruthless, divinely-inspired enemy through gentlemanly dialogue and understanding, I suggest they remember the fate of Theo van Gogh. We will not overcome this fanatical fascist threat by attempting to find some common theological ground in the Old Testament, or by promoting some delusional multicultural vision of diversity. Our European neighbors have already tried this and failed, and their imperiled societies are suffering the consequences of their bad judgment.

Now this dreaded plague has arrived on our own shores. We can no longer afford the luxury of comforting ourselves with pleasant delusions and well-intentioned obfuscations. We will never defeat them with kindly Christian platitudes or high-minded liberal idealism.

Finally, we must dare to be impolite, we must sacrifice some of our precious civility and have the courage to recognize our enemy for what he is and deal with him accordingly or we will most certainly lose this battle of wills, this unmistakable Clash of Civilizations.

Comments transposted from Political Grind:
Those are fighting words.

So far much of the Western world has chosen to sit on the sidelines as extremist Islam has bullied its way into prominence. Recently a group of Muslim leaders wrote a letter beseeching Christians to accept peace, but there was no recognition that Christians today are reacting to Muslim intolerance - they won't recognize that Islam needs to mature from the inside out, as Christianity and Judaism has done. Until moderate Muslims take back their religion from those that claim murder as sanctioned by Allah, the West has good reason to look upon them with suspicion.

What is most dispiriting is the left's willingness to ignore the debilitating prejudice of Islam - I assume they believe that any demand for dignity for the Muslim women might somehow be construed as support for the war or support for Bush. This week on university campi across the nation starts "Islamofascism Awareness Week." On every campus the left has come out in full force not to demand more and better of Islam, but to excoriate those who stand against this ancient bigotry. It's sad, but predictable.

And that might be the difference between today's leftists and yesterday's classical liberals. Leftists are willing to accept degradation today if it furthers its goal of political power tomorrow. The classical liberal rose with indignant rage at the challenges to mankind's inherent right to live free and unmolested. John F. Kennedy once said "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. "
Those days apparently are long gone...
Cyber Pastor
Roger, you have hit a grand slam home run when a person who uses various nics comes to put you down. Wow, you are really hitting the ball outta the park today!
Political Correctness run amok.
Roger Gardner
Thank you Michelle. You put the whole problem into four words.
Cyber Pastor
Roger, this is quite possibly your best post ever, and should be kept in a "best of" file. On the theology front, the God of the Bible is a jealous God and in the OT, He got the attention of His people when they started to do their version of being politically correct and worshipped idols or other gods. That wasn't a pretty sight, the same as it will not be a pretty sight if the PC crowd continues to ignore the threat you write about and more importantly our God in Heaven. Again, outstanding article my brother!
Lew Waters
"The liberal Western societies have been attempting to deal with this growing menace with the pitiful weapons of Christian tolerance and understanding."

Very good, Roger, Well Done. However, in your quote above, I think it is more Liberal Christianity, the left's feel good interpretation of the Word, that is allowing this to be ignored. "Turn the other cheek" does not mean we allow an ungodly interpretation to push God's word aside and allow mistreatment of human's to once again flourish.
Roger Gardner
Point taken, Lew. Thank you.
Excellent post Roger. You make the points that need to be focused on and people need to start waking up and paying attention. Our enemies are not all we need to fear, we must fear those that refuse to name them.
Right Truth
An excellent article Roger. The problem as I see it is our politicians. Very few of them realize the decisions we make today toward Islam, will have dire consequences for the US in the future.
Miss Beth
I'm tired of hearing about "moderate muslims"--where are they and why aren't they speaking out more? That's the main question we keep asking and yet, it's extremely rare we hear from them. Some have speculated it's because they fear being called "apostate" and hunted down through fatwas--but of course, those don't exist and we're making them up, aren't we?

Let the moderate muslims defend themselves. And I don't want to hear the MN airport cabbies or Target cashiers or those demanding halal cafeterias, footbaths, and bathrooms at our publicly funded colleges (with our tax dollars, of course) are the moderates. They're not. They're the ones trying to force their beliefs onto this country rather than assimilating.
Amen, Miss Beth.
The bottom line fact: Islam is a state of permanent war. The institution is predatory, by design. Islam does not make war on us because of anything we do or abstain from doing. It makes war on us because we are not part of it. Muslims are enjoined to fight pagans, Jews & Christians by two ayat: 8:39 & 9:29, which are made mandatory by 2:216. Because of those ayat, Islamic law (Sharia) rules that the Caliph must mount at least one expedition against the Kuffar in every year. If someone wants to dispute that fact, I can supply links to my sources.
Faultline USA
Roger you have written the truth with passion - a passion I wish most Americans shared. I can't add anything to your fine analysis.
WoW. to the point and enjoys the added benefit of being true. Roger, this post can only be surpassed with a prescription for combatting this invasion and erosian of America. It is most likely you're best post ever. U RoCk
Crossposted to Chron Watch Forum - December 18, 2007

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