I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING this semantic battle for years now. Our problem is NOT only with "radical Muslims"...it is with all of Islam! The heart of the "religion" is that the entire world must be politically conquered for "Allah" (a.k.a. Satan, or Lucifer) and all people must either bow down to "Allah" or be killed. No other choices are allowed, folks... sorry! I should also point out that the "peaceful Muslims" are the ones who fund the radicals, harbor the radicals, and celebrate the victories of the radicals over the "infidels" (infidels = you and me). The "peaceful Muslims" may not pull the triggers or slit the throats themselves, but they ARE complicit, and will side with their more active brothers and sisters once the crowd dynamic is favorable, by and large.
By the way, note the natural alliance between the Progressive Marxists and the Muslims: one of the Progressive "gods" is, Saul Alinsky, who dedicated his book to Lucifer...
Is it any wonder that BOTH the Muslims and the Progressives want to destroy traditional American society and "fundamentally change" it?
I also agree with the important point raised by Athletik in his comments: we REALLY need to define what constitutes a religion that may be practiced in the United States. Does that sound unreasonable? Well, would we allow the practice of a religion of Cannibalism here? How about a religion of Random Rapists? How about the worship of Moloch, where babies are murdered as sacrifices to a god? Until we come to recognize as a society, that allowing Islam to exist here is just like allowing a rabid dog to roam in your own home, we are signing our own death warrant. It cannot end well. Ask Europe...
As news cycles come and go talking of the same old same old, it seems as if the gloves are still off as we barrel toward Campaign 2010 in full repetitive inconsequential fluff. From the always rock solid American Thinker:
AS WE LOOK BACK on the past ten years, it is clear that we are now entering a post-American decade. How did it all go so wrong so quickly?
The year 2000 kicked off with the Democrat ruse of a "stolen election"this from the racketeering party wogs of ACORNbut thankfully, it was not stolen, after all. George W. Bush took the reins, but soon thereafter came the culmination of all the Islamic attacks on the U.S. during the Clinton years. Islam's fatwa on the West during the Clinton administration came home to New York and Washington on September 11th.
And while the Bush Doctrine (you are either with us or against us) was the right approach, the well dressed jihadists that Islamists like Grover Norquist ushered into the White House after 9/11 managed to sabotage the best strategy to fight Islamic jihad. The cowboy swagger set against the whole fantasy about the hijacking of Islam and the "religion of peace" nonsense was irreconcilable. It confused people. And it led to the marginalization and even dismissals of brave men and women who evaluated and exposed the jihadist ideology in our government agencies.
Who can forget the case of counter-jihad expert Steve Coughlin, the Pentagon's most knowledgeable specialist on Islamic Law and jihad terrorism? The Pentagon ended the career of its most effective analyst at the behest of a Muslim aide, Hesham Islam, within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. Islam scholar Andrew Bostom observed that Couglin's firing was symptomatic "of the intellectual and moral rot plaguing our efforts to combat global jihadism."
In February 2009, former Bush administration official Douglas Feith told me that that kind of rot is systemic. He recalled that an Office of Strategic Influence was created within his Pentagon office to fight the ideological warbut then "somebody leakedwell, leaked, no. No, somebody lied to the New York Times and gave a report saying that this Office of Strategic Influence was intending to lie to foreign journalists. And the New York Times ran a front-page story saying that. It caused a big imbroglio that resulted in the shutting down of this office.
I pray that America examines the Left decade and takes stock. It was the appeasement of the Left that destroyed the foundations of this country. We must rebuild them. The advancement of Islam would never have been possible—could never have happened—without our surrender to the Left. The real war is against the Leftist/Islamic alliance.
I don't think the U.S. government has recovered to this day from that fiasco, because every time anyone suggested creating an office to really deal with jihadist ideology in a systematic or strategic way at the Pentagon, people would say, oh, no, we are not going to have another Office of Strategic Influence problem."
And so the drip, drip, drip of jihad continued through the last decade. We became more paralyzed, impotent, and deceived. Meanwhile, the Leftist/Islamic alliance, a deadly marriage between the Democratic Party and their propaganda handmaidens in the mainstream media, engaged in daily beatings of Bush and his administration.
Removing Saddam Hussein was good. There is no way around that powerful truth. But why stop there? Removing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well would have been even better. But Bush lost his mojo in 2006. The relentless pounding by the Left, Israel's halfhearted performance in the war with Hezb'allah in the summer of 2006, and the loss of the House and the Senate in November 2006 all contributed to the rout.
But what really led to the downfall of Bush's leadership was the falsity of his premise. He wanted to believe, like Condi and Powell and the soft diplomacy crowd, that Islam would negotiate with the West. Islam cannot negotiate. Yet still the West continues its pursuit of the impossible, despite great risk. This is a function of the Western mind. These people think it inconceivable that talk can't solve anything and everything, that war is an indelible part of the human condition. But it is. War is as much in the makeup of man as sex, food, art, love, all of it.
And wars must be fought. They will not disappear, but we will.
Bush’s premise was false, but Bush was a patriot. Bush loved America, and he protected America, even if he refused to see the enemy for who and what it was.
Of course, we know this. But the Left, our in-house enemy, demonizes any war that America chooses to fight. The egregious, horrible crimes of Mao, Stalin, bin Laden, Che, Lenin, Pol Pot, Ahmadinejad, et al, which are so heinous and so enormous, are in their terrible minds a historical footnote. They become cultural icons for the "radical chic." Cold-blooded monsters have co-opted our country.
And so successful was the Left at infiltrating our government, schools, and institutions that eight years after the most heinous attack on American soil, we elected an icon of our mortal enemy. A Kenyan, Indonesian, third-worldish boulevardier with as much understanding of the American experience as any foreign national. Don't call me a racist for calling him what he isI am not interested in the color of his skin, but in the content of his character. His lack of experience in all relevant areas to the office of the president is breathtaking. And his bowing to Islam and our enemies worldwide is disastrous.
Bush's premise was false, but Bush was a patriot. Bush loved America, and he protected America, even if he refused to see the enemy for who and what it was. It was no accident that America was safe for eight years post-9/11. Eight years of safety is cracking apart now under a weak and pro-Islamic president. The jihadi attacks on America in 2009 were staggering. And it has only just begun. Dismantling the Bush protections against jihad and launching attacks on Americans, bloggers, tea partiers, town hallers, patriots, and vets is incomprehensibleand if I hadn't lived through it, I wouldn't believe it possible.
I pray that America examines the Left decade and takes stock. It was the appeasement of the Left that destroyed the foundations of this country. We must rebuild them. The advancement of Islam would never have been possiblecould never have happenedwithout our surrender to the Left. The real war is against the Leftist/Islamic alliance.
This is a fighting year.
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website and is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (Simon and Schuster).
A FAIRLY NEW WEBSITE called SITAmnesty has popped into place and is sprinting formidably to get out the word about Islamic jihad using the raw patriotism and brutal genius of Winston Churchill in the past, and not least, the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders who appears to have inherited the mantle of the former and is today warning us of the true historical nature of our pernicious enemies in the war at hand. Take notice young sprigs. Inform yourselves. Share and hone your knowledge. Liberty must be defended by those who would steal not only your life but the culture of all your descendants replacing it with the misery of Islamic sharia law.
From the powerful pen of the great British statesman, Sir Winston Churchill we learn:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of sciencethe science against which it had vainly struggledthe civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
“Muslims responded to the call of Muslim leaders and joined our side because of their hatred of our joint Jewish-English-Bolshevik enemies, and because of their belief and respect for, above allOur Fuehrer.”
In his memoirs Albert Speer wrote about Hitler’s enamour of Islam, reporting a discussion which captures Hitler’s effusive praise for Islam:
“…a religion that believed in spreading the faith by the sword and subjugating all nations to that faith. Such a creed was perfectly suited to the Germanic temperament.”
Hitler, according to Speer’s account, repeatedly expressed the conviction that:
“The Mohammedan religion…would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”
Sir Winston Churchill likened Islamist terrorism to Nazism :
“In truth though, just as the British stoicism recalls the same from 65 years ago, so too, there is a deep and instructive similarity between the Nazis and the Islamic-fascist forces that attacked then and attack today. The fact of the matter is that even more important than invoking the famous British “stiff upper lip,” to fight this current war to victory requires understanding and accepting the similarities between the Nazis and the Arab-Islamic terrorist armies.”
Geert Wilders, among many others, likened the Koran to Mein Kampf:
Jihad means “personal(supposedly) struggle” Mein Kampf means “my struggle”
During WWII, we might remind ourselves, Muslims themselves, when there was completely free to make their own choice, chose the Nazi side.
And lastly, this I have found:
Arial Sharon is one of my heroes and I am not a Jew or an Israeli. I simply read history and am very impressed with this man’s courage, accomplishments, and values.
However, I do understand the bitter hatred felt toward him. You can expect that anytime there is something truly good, praiseworthy, or of good report in the worldevil will attempt to poison and brainwash people against it. All one needs do is read ordinary grade-school books used to teach the young in the Arab states. Israel and America are portrayed as little Satan and big Satanrather than the light and hope that they have undisputedly represented to so many.
Freedom inevitably gathers evil to oppose ituncovering an eternal truth: There is opposition in all things. Choose ye this day whom you will serve . . . Freedom or Tyranny.
HERE'S WHAT FORMER PRESIDENT George "The Rifleman" Bush has said about Osama bin Laden at various points in time, depending on how he was trying to spin the news of the day:
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." - G.W. Bush, 9/13/01
"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'" - G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI
"Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door openwe just don't know...." Bush, in remarks in a Press Availablity with the Press Travel Pool, The Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford TX, 12/28/01, as reported on official White House site
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." G.W. Bush, 3/13/02
"I am truly not that concerned about him." G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts, 3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)
Of course, we think that the tall Saudi provocateur has taken his last breath long ago. Why the State Department still authenticates these last few audio tapes that have surfaced filled with generic and ambiguous messages is debatable, but I suppose there's a shadow of doubt lurking somewhere nearby to be blamed.
But before certain readers get the giddies, they should fathom this irony gnawing at our great republic. Our commandos and other elite personnel are waterboarded as part of their training. This new fellow Obama is a naive child, thrust into a world by handlers that he has knows not, and immediately rushes to close Gitmo. He subjects us to one stupidity after another (as the Islamicists continue to behead Westerners), given that he continues on this present course.
So now Pole Piotr Stanczak joins Briton Kenneth Bigley, Italian Enzo Baldoni, Bulgarians Georgi Lazov and Ivailo Kepov, Americans Jack Hensley, Eugene Armstrong, Nick Berg, Paul Johnson, and Daniel Pearl as victims of this hideous barbarity. These men were all civiliansengineers, civilian contractors, truck drivers and journalists. Oh, and Russian diplomats, Thai security guards, countless Iraqi "apostates", and three Indonesian schoolgirls. Mighty warriors of Allah? Hardly. War criminals coddled by the Left. Most certainly!
Last year the BBC decided to tackle this disturbing subject on an episode of its show "Bonekickers"with a storyline that had a *Christian fanatic* inspired by the crusades beheading a moderate Muslim victim.
THE MISNAMED WAR ON TERROR takes more casualties. The smiling day is overcast. The incessant caterwauling continues. Lest we forget who we are fighting in the name of freedom and liberty, regardless of the soil, the oil, the misery, the toil, let's turn an eye to the flags of our enemies, before the Marxist Left and the Unrepairable George Bush completely miss the point.
Note that the flag of Islam in the era of its warlord prophet was solid black. Someone over there in the Camp of Islam should notice that the would-be renewed caliphate has lost its path, forsaken the mores of Mohammed, and abandon the green flag with white crescent facing right with a five pointed star (shown above) to return to its all-black all the time flag. Makes sense, at least as far as following the often incomprehensible halal and haram strictures of the flag waving thuggery.
In fact, I have seen pictures of Middle Eastern Muslims toting the solid black flag. Those hardliners must be the Al-Qaeda reps in the crowd. Hey, there's a clue for the Crusaders. Grab it, destroy it, ban it from ever flying again, much like the West has done to the Nazi flag.
One wonders if the website I found this morning in a search for Iraqi work has incriminated these artists who have posted there. The colorful work of these painters is certainly exquisite, if mildly derivative of past Western art movements, but then, the same can be said for most of the contemporary painting populating Western galleries. We however, must not neglect to record our disgust with these code-bound jihadists of every stripe who have crawled out of the rubble of American intervention to murder and oppress their own people, but this is what we are fighting, people, if not over there, then soon in a neighborhood near you. The only strategy left to even the most rigid of peacemakers is the strategy of total victory.
Because this is the jihadist strategy also.
IRAQI SINGERS, ACTORS, AND ARTISTS are fleeing the country after dozens have been killed by Islamic radicals determined to eradicate all culture associated with the West. Cinemas, art galleries, theatres, and concert halls are being destroyed in grenade and mortar attacks in Basra and Baghdad.
According to the Iraqi Artists' Association, at least 115 singers and 65 actors have been killed since the US-led invasion, as well as 60 painters. But the terror campaign has escalated in recent months as both Shia and Sunni extremists grow ever bolder in enforcing religious restrictions on the citizens of Iraq....
In November Seif Yehia, 23, was beheaded for singing western songs at weddings, and painter Ibraheem Sadoon was shot dead as he drove through Baghdad. In February Sunni fighters killed Waleed Dahi, 27, a young actor, while he rehearsed for a play due to open at the Jordanian National Theatre this month.
Those remaining are in hiding as they make preparations to get themselves and their families to safety.
Haydar Labbeb, 35, a painter in Baghdad, said he had received five death threats and an attempt was made on his life as he drove his family home from a wedding. He is now trying to get to Amman in Jordan, where he hopes to continue painting.
'My art is seen by extremists as too modern and offensive to Islamic beliefs,' he said. 'For them, every painting has to be based on Islamic culture. But I am a modern artist.
Culture was encouraged during Saddam Hussein's regime, but no longer. Abu Nur, an Islamic Army spokesman, said: 'Acting, theatre and television encourage bad behaviour and irreligious attitudes. They promote customs that affect the morality of our traditional society.'
In the spirit of Lewis Carroll and Jack Benny, two comedians who probably had nothing in common but the number 39, we here at the Two-Fisted Forum welcome a new voice to our Blogroll. The ferocious gay voice of Beautiful Atrocities is no longer in the closet about the threat posed by Islamic forces in their world and ours. Let's start here with the laughs.
And once you have finished with your history lesson, try keeping your head with this one. And while we are at it, here's a wonderful post by an observer named Karl, posting at Jihad Watch:
In an Islamic state, there is no separation of church and state, so the Koran (and example of Mohammed as documented in the hadiths) is used as a substitute. It is immutable, of course. Apologists for Islam are likely to justify the extreme passages of the Koran by pointing out the the U.S. Constitution, as originally drafted, counts blacks as 3/5 of a person.
In response to that argument, I would suggest making the following offer:
If the apologist for Islam will stand up on a soap-box in front of 10,000 Muslims in an Islamic republic (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc., take your pick) and shout out that the Koran is wrong and Mohammed was wrong to justify taking slaves, having sex with them, and killing non-believers and apostates and the Koran should be amended; I will stand up on a soapbox in front of 10,000 people in our Constitutional Republic (the U.S.A.) and shout out that our Founding Fathers were wrong to count blacks as 3/5ths of a person and that the U.S. Constitution was rightly amended to delete that onerous provision.
What will happen, of course, is that the apologist for Islam will avoid taking up such a challenge, knowing full well that he would be put to death for apostasy in the Islamic republic; while a person in our constitutional republic making an assertion that our Founding Fathers and their central document were in error would be met with yawns, and an explanation that even Frederick Douglass knew made both the document and the nation a righteous endeavor, an endeavor in teh service of freedom, liberty and justice for all. The Koran, not so much.