Where does the West stand 13 yrs. after 9/11?...
After the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001 President Bush took pains, publicly, repeatedly, to dub Islam a "Religion of Peace." He meant that the vast majority of Muslims around the world are peaceful, not fanatics.
President Obama's remarks last night on his new ISIS/ISIL policy defined "what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL." He said ISIL is not Islamic & not a state: "ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way."
The president laid out a program: (a) increased air-strikes, including into Syria; (b) more small-scale boots on the ground helping local forces; (c) more intel & alliance coordination; (d) more humanitarian aid. In fine, a stepped-up extension of what he has done to date. Denying the radical Islamic roots of ISIL is hardly reassuring either. His coalition stands at 9, versus 40 for G. W. Bush in Iraq. Score his talk tepid.
War scholars Fred & Kimberly Kagan say the president is bringing a counter-terror strategy to an insurgency fight, and that ISIS/ISIL is more than a terrorist group, as it controls vast swaths of territory.
The e-mail test below, relayed to me by a friend, answers Presidents Bush & Obama, and countless other Western leaders, as to why such assertions miss the proverbial pink elephant in the room.
The original sender wrote:
"The author of the email below is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism."
Now, the message he forwarded, which my friend relayed to me:
'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen.Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’
‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'
‘We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’
‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’
‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’
‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’
‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’
‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa, too, while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’
‘In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation's shores.’
‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’
'As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’
We are beset now by what nonpareil Orientalist Bernard Lewis calls the third massive Islamic assault on the West. First came the explosive expansion of Islam upon Muhammad's death in 632 AD, ending at 732 when the Franks stopped Islam at Tours. A second wave was launched upon the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453--ending the eastern Roman empire; it foundered at the gates of Vienna, in 1683.
That decisive battle in 1683 took place on Sept. 11 & 12. A multi-country Christian army led by Polish King Jan III Sobieski lifted the Ottoman siege. The Ottomans did, however, leave behind coffee.
And the third wave was formally launched by the 9/11/01 slaughter. Our adversaries pay attention to anniversaries. It is not a coincidence that two years ago Islamist terrorists destroyed our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four brave Americans, including the first ambassador killed overseas since 1979.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that the Obama administration has played cozy with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt & Libya, in the belief that the groups contain moderate elements. That the MB was allied with the Nazis, and the wellspring of al-Qaeda & has always been a terrorist organization is, to Team Obama, not a bar to treating the MB as a legitimate party.
And fanatics we have in our midst. Eight Boston jihadists--including the Tsarnaevs, who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing--attended the same Islamist mosque.
Bottom Line. Islam is a religion in turmoil, one that has not gone through a reformation as did Christianity. Absent same, the fanatics will prevail unless the West wakes up, and soon. This will not happen under the current administration.
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