Cross posted from Maggie's Notebook
Saturday, August 2, 2008
After 9/11 we declared a War on Terror and it sparked a uniting of Americans that was too long coming. We've been able to define "Terror" now for several years and we know the terror to be Islam.WorldNetDaily quotes "a top commander for al-Qaida: "Islam does not distinguish between the American people and the American government, since both are in a state of war with Islam," Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid said in a recent interview.
We won't pin it on our next door neighbor unless he is found to be actively anti-American. We won't pin it on the Muslim children in our community, but we will hold their parents responsible for dispelling the Islamic agenda of hate toward us, we won't pin it on our co-worker unless she demonstrates a disdain for us - sees us as an infidel, but we will always be suspicious of the Mosques in our community - because we have no other choice.I won't use the impotent and futile term "War on Terror" again. From now on it is the War on Islam - a hateful ideology, a hateful oppressive form of government, a seething desire to eliminate all things non-Islamic.
I'm declaring it for my blog.
A note from Radarsite: "War monger much?" This is the very first comment Maggie Thornton received on this terrific article. And this is a perfect example of what we're up against: uninformed, self-righteous denial.
Good for you Maggie Thornton! This is precisely what we need. But few have yet to find the courage -- and yes, it does take courage -- to properly identify and denounce our enemy. It IS Islam itself. Those of us who have read the Qur'an and who have studied this accept this unpopular but undeniable fact.
You will of course receive hate mail. Apparently, you already have. You will be called a racist and a war-monger. But the fools who label you with these ludicrous terms have no idea of the monster they are defending. They are the deluded and the ignorant. And they must be stood up to. As you are so courageously doing right now.
We have been fighting several wars at once, both external and internal. We have been fighting internally, not just against those unyielding antiwar liberals, but against some of our most trusted authorities. Even at times against our own president. No American president has made a more foolish or harmful statement than when, immediately after the horrors of September 11th, 2001, and many times since that awful day, President Bush declared Islam to be "a religion of Peace, hijacked by a few fanatics". With this absurd and disingenuous statement, and many others like it, our own president has succeeded in further muddying the waters and adding to our already deep confusion. Thus he has advanced and sanctioned this prime misconception.
To the average American, who has no real knowledge of Islam or of the historical realities of Muhammad, this deeply flawed parallel conjures images of an honorable and blameless religion being usurped by some small fanatical cult, similar, we can assume -- with dangerous inaccuracy -- to our own experience with Christianity and the KKK. Just a few nutcakes, using a venerable religion to advance their own evil and perverted agenda. And 'perverted' is the key word here. As Maggie Thornton so clearly demonstrates, our ruthless enemies do not speak for an Islam perverted, but rather for an Islam reinvigorated, an Islam reaffirmed.
To continue playing these liberal moral equivalency games, to continue avoiding naming or confronting our enemies for fear of offending them doesn't make them go away; it just makes us more vulnerable. How many times must we say this? Islam makes no distinction between its political goals and its "religious" foundations. We do. This major difference between democracies and Islam is crucial to understand. Islam is an aggressive POLITICAL movement with clear cut political aims, and must be treated with no more deference and respect than any other political movement. It is as dangerous -- or more so -- than either fascism or communism, and must be resisted with the same conviction and tenacity. To our detriment, it has so far successfully managed to immunize itself from criticism and debate by having usurped that special place in our Constitutional society which we have reserved for legitimate religions.
Fools such as those who will attack you for speaking the truth are not only misguided, they are guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy. To them I can only say this: Put your precious borrowed and disastrously inappropriate liberal opinions aside for a moment and do some homework. Read the Qur'an and the supporting texts. Read what our enemy is saying. Read in their own words what it is that they want. Don't settle for second-hand, biased interpretations of their message. Get it directly from their own lips.
But most of you won't do this, will you? It requires too much effort and hard work. It's so much easier to wallow in your complacent ignorance. It's so much easier to call us names. It's so much easier to rely on others to form your shallow opinions, isn't it? It's so much easier to attack writers like Maggie who have done the hard work and have arrived at the hard conclusions and have the courage to declare them.
If after all this time you still do not recognize our true enemies, if despite all of the evidence you continue to obstruct our efforts to defend ourselves against this existential threat, then you are helping our enemies to defeat us. And that makes you not only a fool, but a traitor.
It's not a matter of winning a debate; it's a matter of our nation's survival. The enemy is relying on your complacency. Don't give them this victory. Put aside your precious egos and learn.
Please -- listen and learn before it's too late, too late for us all. - rg