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The Politics of Jihad

I make no apologies for believing that the greatest threat facing the modern world is not global warming, poverty, or corporate America — it is Islamic extremism. Think about it: If the 9/11 terrorists had managed to secure 4 nuclear bombs instead of 4 passenger planes, we would be living in a very, very behead.jpgdifferent world. But as the sixth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we drift further away from the vigilance first aroused by that attack.

Two recent events reveal how, in its undying (or is it, dying) pursuit of imposing worldwide Sharia Law, radical Islam is gaining political traction.

You probably missed this but according to The Local, a Swedish newspaper, ambassadors from Muslim countries have indicated that they intend to present the Swedish prime minister with a list of “comprehensive measures” designed to provide “legal protection against the desecration of the Prophet Muhammad.” They’re demanding that Sweden change its laws to protect Muslims from being offended. According to the ambassadors, “A permanent parliamentary committee also needs to be established to tackle islamophobia.” Gee, while they’re at it, maybe they should request a Koran in every hotel and a frontal lobotomy for every Christian infidel.

Is it just me or do these sound more like threats than requests? The only thing more ridiculous than that Muslim ambassadors issue these kinds of ultimatums, is that people like the Swedes listen. Point: Islam.

Secondly, the transcript of the recent Osama bin Laden tape reveals that radical Islam is clearly aligned with the American Left.

People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of the tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there, which has led to the vast majority of you being afflicted with disappointment.

Huh? The head of the largest terrorist network on earth wants the Dems to get busy and stop the Iraq War? Does this strike anyone as odd? Maybe bin Laden also has some suggestions on women’s rights and freedom of speech. In the tape, bin Laden also addresses, “. . .the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes. . .” For being anti-America, he islam.jpgsure knows a lot about the Great Satan. However, my personal favorite moment is when OBL recommends liberal author Noam Chomsky. Wonder how Chomsky feels about being endorsed by the mastermind of 9/11? Hey, I got it. Instead of the Oprah Book Club (OBC), we can start an OBL Club for “terrorist-approved” literature.

Perhaps David Brooks of the New York Times was right in saying that, in the tape, Bin Laden Sounds Like a Lefty Blogger. Dinesh D’Souza, in his book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, suggested that Osama bin Laden and the American left have forged a tacit agreement to secure the defeat of the United States in Iraq. That premise might be a tad uncomfortable for the Democrats, but bin Laden appears to have no problem with it.

As Arnold Toynbee put it in A Study of History, “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.” 9/11 did not kill America. Car bombs and kidnappings won’t either. It is the ideology that aligns us with radical Islam that’s suicide. On the sixth anniversary of 9/11, I’m afraid that the sword at our throats is political, and those who wield it are Americans.

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  • janet September 10, 2007, 12:15 PM

    Wow. Scary. Thanks Mike.

  • Nicole September 10, 2007, 2:51 PM

    You get it, Mike. On my very own relatively inoffensive blog, I posted a tribute to our soldiers on Memorial Day of this year. The only comment I got was from a “terrorist”. So I posted another blog entry entitled “HATRED” (in caps) to attempt to show what is so evident and exactly what you have verbalized here.

    There are two really despicable points about the Democrat party stance: 1)They will not issue an all out troop removal if they’re elected because even they know the horrendous murder and takeover which would result in our absence, increasing the power belt and threat to the USA, and 2)They purport to be concerned about the death of American troops but defend the slaughter of millions of unborn babies worldwide every year. Go figure.

  • Rebecca LuElla Miller September 10, 2007, 8:42 PM

    Just last night I watched the beginning of the PBS special on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I had to turn it off. I couldn’t stomach the “we’re the same” message coming out of it.

    To listen to the left, we’re either the same as all other cultures or worse. They should at least make up their minds and decide which it is.


  • Melody September 10, 2007, 11:05 PM

    Why don’t we wish our selves a happy freakin’ 6th anniversary and kill bin Laden?

  • Mike Duran September 11, 2007, 1:30 PM

    Geez, Melody. Chill out. Killing OBL will do little to stop the march of militant Islam. I suggest you direct your anger at the politicians and media outlets who give a pass to the propaganda.

  • janet September 11, 2007, 2:47 PM

    Jesus might suggest we pray for him…

  • Dee Stewart September 11, 2007, 8:44 PM

    I’m Democrat and a Christian. I don’t appreciate pigeonholing me or people like me into a whole, because of my voting position.

    I have four cousins, Marines, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, all of whom who are also Democrat. I can promise you they’re not over there plotting with Iraq to topple America. I am offended by that statement. My cousins of sons of my uncles, all of who have served in the Marines, including my father, who are also all Democrats.

    I’m so tired of hearing or reading crap that suggests that we don’t care about our country, we aren’t Christian and we are for abortion and homosexuality. We are not. And I’m sick of it.

    You’re feeding into the politics of the mass media when you make sweeping judgments like that. I know this because I was one. A newspaper’s job is no longer to tell the truth, but to sell newspapers.

    Today I posted a blog entry asking people to tell me their thoughts about 9/11 six years later. From what I see we have learned nothing. We are more divided and hostile to each other than ever before. We’re feeding off stereotypes and haven’t learned a blessed thing.

    The race is one to the swift. Yet we are digging around still trying to find someone to blame. I wouldn’t read anything OBL wrote. If he wrote it. I’m suspect about the timing of this tape.

    Needless to say, I live in a hostile America. I have always lived in a hostile America. I thank God that he has spared our country the extent of terrorism that other countries have. But we are a hostile country. We have done despicable things in order to be who we are. Yet we won’t repent for slavery, the mistreatment of Hurricane Katrina survivors and what we won’t do to end the genocide in Darfur and Uganda.

    What I had hoped to discover today was people living a deeper faith than they had six years ago. I know have. I had hoped that people no longer ran around like chickens with their heads time cut off every time OBL surfaces. I’ve done that, too.

    This war is going to become a civil one instead of what it should be, a war against America. And that’s what these people want. They want us to destroy ourselves. They could care less about our souls, because we don’t seem to care either.

  • Dee Stewart September 11, 2007, 8:48 PM

    Sorry. I didn’t mean war against America. I meant war against these terrorists.

  • dayle September 11, 2007, 9:47 PM

    I admire your compassion, Janet. But, I’m with Melody.

    And Mike, I think killing obl would have some intrinsic value for the cause.

    With that said, I don’t know if killing him is the most efficient use of his demise. You don’t want him to come across as a hero in his death.

    So, capturing him would humiliate him more. Then you get with a cultural expert and you humiliate him until his death would not equal martyrdom.

    Politics used to stop at the water’s edge. Sadly, when it comes to the Left, this is no longer true. They will do anything to ensure the defeat of their political opponents. Even if it means more American Soldiers die. Even if it means we are not as safe. Even if it means tarnishing America’s image.

    It’s pathetic.

  • Nicole September 12, 2007, 1:36 AM

    Since my comment was responsible for offending my friend, Dee Stewart, I would simply say I am not pigeon-holing you personally. The comments I made are based on the stated platform of the Democrat party and those who are campaigning for president representing those views.

    Forgive me, Dee, if I hurt you in any way.

  • Mike Duran September 12, 2007, 2:03 AM

    Thanks for the comments, Dee. I appreciate the passion… but not the comparison to a chicken with its head cut off. I mentioned Democrats once in this post — other than the references made by Bin Laden himself. I’m afraid his reference to your Party is what you should be angry about, not mine.

    I prefer to use the term Left, leftist or liberal (which I did in this piece) instead of Democrat because it more accurately describes the ideology that has hijacked the Party over the last twenty years. This is the reason why abortion rights, gay rights, civil rights — and political correctness as a whole — has become intrinsically linked to, and driving forces within, the Democratic Party. Of course, those values are held differently by individuals within the Party. But, by and large, they are defining values.

    I do not believe politics holds the answer for our world, and put little faith in politicians — Republican or Democrat. However, values are expressed and implemented through societal structures, so politics become a necessary evil. I’ve personally come to the conclusion that conservatism is not just better for America, but is more aligned with biblical values, than is liberalism. Let me be specific: I believe that liberalism is hostile to traditional Western values and will ultimately lead to their erosion, which it already has.

    You are obviously distressed about a divided America. But I’d ask you to consider deeply what the cause of this division is. And if it is, indeed, necessary. I’d also be interested: What exactly would you suggest we do to heal the breach in American opinion regarding how to fight the war on terror?

    Thanks for your comments, Dee!

  • dayle September 12, 2007, 2:54 AM

    Dee makes a great point.

    We conservatives should be careful. People who identify themselves as Democrats carry a certain pride as anyone should and will rally behind each other when attacked.

    There are conservative democrats. Reagan proved that. I know some of these democrats. They are not anti-Christian, for gun control, for homosexual marriage, pro-abortion, for giving condoms to kids, etc. But they are not the majority of that party. Especially when it comes to the national platform.

    The net result is that if you vote democrat on a national level – (president, congress) you are voting for the national platform which is anti-Christian, anti-gun, pro-homosexual marriage, pro-abortion, pro giving condoms to kids, and unfortunately, in my opinion anti-american victory if not anti-military. It’s not that they hate the military, but they like winning battles against republicans more.

    So, if I say all Democrats are pro-abortion that is not a fair statement. The problem is: the Democratic national platform is pro-abortion so that’s what you get when you vote for them for president or congress.

    Rank and file Democrats are not the problem. But, this is no longer the party of JFK. At least on the national level. They are the party of the Left. And the Left is the problem.

    BTW, the Republican party isn’t the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s still a bunch of politicians. But its national platform is pro-Christian, anti-abortion, and pro-traditional values.

    BTW 2, the word politician comes from latin “poly” meaning many and “tic” meaning blood sucking leaches.

    -comedian Taylor Mason.

  • Dee Stewart September 12, 2007, 2:59 AM

    Thanks, Mike for contacting me. Nicole, you don’t have to apologize. I know where your heart is. I am conservative and I am a Democrat. I hate what the party has become, but I am not going to change sides, mainly because of race…unfortunately.

    How would we heal the breach?

    We first have to stop believing that someone who has a great pr department speaks for all of us. Al Sharpton doesn’t speak for me either. :)(Mike you have never referenced him here, but for some reason people believe that he is the black spokesperson. he is not.

    Then we need to have some town hall meetings with specific timelines to come up with a balanced answer. I don’t think our opinions are being heard just the people who stir up the most drama.

    We also need to state the issues we all agree with:

    1. Terrorism must be stopped.
    2. We need to capture OBL asap.
    3. We need to know what have our military done to make #2 happen.
    4. We need to know what parameters are in place to deal with terrorism at the local level. Our major cities need action plans and workable services in place.

    No one should disagree with that.

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