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A Conservative Explains the Virtue of America

During the 20th century, as we faced the ravages of totalitarianism – wars, concentration camps, enslavement and death on a vast scale – we re-examined the principles and practices that kept our country from a similar fate. For many, this led to a reaffirmation of the tradition of individual rights. The concept of individual liberty, born in the soil of Hellenic rationalism and Roman law, reached its maturation in the rigorous and clear exposition of the Anglo-American Enlightenment – and climaxed with the founding of the United States of America. We, or at least many of our fellow citizens, came to appreciate these principles at work in stable civilized countries, primarily English speaking, where reason and rhetoric were the main tools of social discourse; and we saw the diametrically opposite principles leading vast parts of the world down “the road to serfdom” where coercion led to an impoverished existence on every level. The confrontation with Islam should lead to similar soul-se

Islam and its Denial - Part VI

Andrew Sullivan  describes the Republican Party as divided between two types of conservatives: “conservatives of doubt and conservatives of faith.” While his terms may not get the divide right – liberty isn’t based on skepticism - his extensive description does raise a number of important points. In passing, however, I was surprised to read that he believes the conservatives of faith understand the threat of fundamentalist Islam. He notes: “Both groups were passionately anti-communist, even if there were some disagreements on strategy and tactics. Today, both groups are just as hostile to Islamist terrorism and  fundamentalism .” I’ve pointed out that two big name conservatives are anything but hostile to Islamic fundamentalism:  Dinesh D’Souza  and  Andrew Apostolou .  Daniel Pipes  points out that the current administration hopes  Hezbollah  becomes part of the next Lebanese election and government. Recent election results in Saudi Arabia shows the  fundamentalists have won . My bet

J’Accuse Kofi Annan

During the last half year, Kofi Annan has revived an  old  U.N. policy under a new label: Islamophobia. This is an  absurd  attempt to pre-empt the sudden criticism of radical Islam both in the United States and Europe by labeling it bigotry and dismissing it from the outset. Despite the President’s expression of admiration for Islam and the Europeans’ super-tolerant societies, Kofi Annan laments that Muslims are the victims of a racist-like prejudice. Despite the hundreds of our fine men and women killed trying to bring a civilized society to the Muslims of Iraq and Afghanistan, despite entering the Balkan conflict on the side of Muslims, Annan has the unmitigated gall to vilify our country for bigotry. However,  the reality is that America  is  the object of irrational hate and vicious vilification  – no, not since the Iraq War – but for decades. For example, Jean-Francois Revel, in his recent  book , “Anti-Americanism,” documents the pathological anti-American hatred among French in

Three Card Mohammad

During the last decade Muslims have been involved in violence in virtually every corner of the world: Manhattan, Madrid, Israel, India, Russia, Holland, Nigeria, Sudan, Cyprus, Kosovo, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, East Timor, and the Philippines – just to name a few off the top of my head.  Islam plays a role in this violence  in almost all cases. Yet, the level of discourse remains on the superficial level with an absurd banality that makes it more than obscene. “You can’t blame that on Islam because it’s only a few bad apples.” “Not all Muslims are terrorists.” “What about the violent people who aren’t Muslims?” These kinds of remarks roll off people’s tongue as if they were profound self-evident truths known by even the simplest-minded everyday Joe. But what if someone said the following: “Sixty years ago, not all Nazis killed Jews, don’t over generalize.” “A hundred years ago, not all southern racists lynched blacks – it’s only a few bad applies.” That’s different, you say? “Nazism preach

Islam and its Denial – Part II

A conservative gives up on liberal democracy After a heartening show of bravery by Iraqis voters, in the face of continuous terrorist attacks, some of our conservative friends are ready to surrender Iraq to Islamic theocrats. As I say  again  and  again  that democracy is not enough. However, one notable conservative, Andrew Apostolou of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, has this to say about a prospective Islamic theocracy: “But to bewail the victory of the UIA as a triumph for Islamic fundamentalism and Iranian influence, to eulogize an Iraqi liberalism that never was, is to misunderstand the US role in Iraqi domestic politics. By removing the strategic threat of Saddam Hussein, the US gave Iraqis the right of self-determination that the dictator and his Ba'ath Party had denied them. That right means allowing Iraqis to elect Shi'a Islamists, not the US picking winners.”   link This sounds oddly familiar. Flash back to the 1960s, it’s the Vietnam War, and Lyndon B

Blame the Russian Mob

A few weeks back my wife noticed an odd pattern. Three of the weekly crime shows on prime time TV found the criminals to be members of Russian immigrant crime families. Apparently, this is now the fashion; the Mafia is passé. I asked her if the criminals were ever Muslims. “Oh, no, sometimes they  start  the show with Muslims as suspects only to show how unfair it is to think such things,” she informed me. In the aftermath of 9/11, in a North Carolina college – a public university – freshmen were given an abridged version of the Koran to read. The selected passages where from Mohammad’s  early  Meccan period when he was  preaching tolerance  – a tolerance he needed as an outsider trying to get acceptance.  Left out were the harsh Medinan warrior passages showing Mohammed's mature ideology.  To the student, Mohammad resembled Jesus. If this was the Bible, the ACLU would be on the case. Recently, a widely used high school text propagandizes for Islam. “Across the Centuries,” put out

Fatwa issued against bin Laden

It is possible that  this  is good news. However, let’s consider the other possibilities. 1.  This cleric is in Spain  (or occupied Andalusia as Islamists think of it). The rules of a Muslim living in a non-Muslim-ruled land are very different. Mohammad’s life illustrates how to behave. In the first half of his religious career, he was in Mecca trying to preach his religion in a hostile setting. During this period he talked about tolerance. During his second period, in Medina, he became repressive, bellicose, and strident as time progressed. Dissenters were silenced by death. Medina, a town originally founded by Jews, had an agricultural economy. Unwilling to do honest work, he plundered the caravans traveling to Mecca even the in holy month (if it’s for Islam, exceptions are allowed). He ethnically cleansed Medina of Jews and established a totalitarian type rule with imperialist aims. In less that a century, his follows conquered most of what was believed to be the world. It is proper

Islam and its Denial – Part III

Are we making progress in this war? Despite many achievements the  main problem is not being addressed.  Here’s the score card. We are reforming two countries by changing their governments. We have decimated the ranks of one terrorist organization. One Arab dictator has revealed his nuclear program and ended it. Crowds in several Arab countries are demanding democratic rights.  These are all signs of progress  and hope for many living under Islamic oppression or fascist rule. The problem, however, are a minority of jihadists whose aim is the destruction of the West. Do the above achievements have any bearing on this movement? We can certainly say that what we’ve done is disheartening for the jihadists and the rounding-up of Al Qaeda members is a great setback for one particular jihadist organization.  The movement, however, is ideological. The actions taken so far do not address the reasons this movement exists and continue to attrack new members. This is hard for many people to unders

Suggested reading

Yesterday’s article on the growth of Islamism in Germany was originally published in the  Middle East Quarterly.  The same  issue  also has an  expose  of  Tablighi Jamaat , a Islamist sect that promotes violent jihad against the West. This movement originated in India and Pakistan, but with Saudi financing, it has spread worldwide including America. Indeed you’ll notice names of familiar Islamic terrorists and jihadists. Dale C. Eikmeier’s  article , “How to Beat the Global Islamist Insurgency,” has much to recommend. Here’s a few quotes: “From a military perspective, … planners have not based their strategy on a detailed threat analysis of the enemy, its objectives, and its strategies. A coherent approach is not only necessary to achieve military goals but also to rally the public support needed for a sustainable long-term struggle in the defense of freedom.” “Any effort that lacks an ideological component will fall short.” … “In the military struggle against Islamism, winning the wa

"It’s the result of foreign policy"

The blame-America first crowd claims that Islamic terrorism is the result of America’s foreign policy. However,  the jihadists have been waging a religious war around the world  and they have for some time. It’s with good reason that Samuel Huntington says that Islam has “bloody borders.” This  website  documents the daily killings motivated and underwritten by Islam. Is this the “blowback” of a foreign policy? Whose? Are Muslims the  aggrieved victims  of the foreign policy of Indians, Filipinos, Siamese, Nigerians, Jews, Americans, Spanish, Australians, Buddhists, Dutch, Greeks, Russians, etc? Actually, foreign policy is the problem – it’s the foreign policy of Islam  that seeks to conquer and oppress others. This has been the founding ethos of this political religious ideology. Islam is a worldly religion, imperialist in nature, and warrior-like. It is simply a supremacist movement. Once again, I suggest everyone should  read  about this ideology. It’s a religion but it’s not like c

Hope: Real or Mirage?

It is important to appreciate the recent events in the Middle East  starting with the Iraqi election. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against military action, if you believe this will solve the religion’s problems or believe it will make no difference in the long run. The hopeful spirit, while embryonic and uncertain, still deserves our respect. Let’s examine why. Since the toppling of Saddam’s regime,  terrorist attacks occurred on a daily basis  with Iraqis as the primary target.  The aim is simple: terrorize the Iraqi people into submission.  Both Baathist fascists and jihadists seek power to establish the traditional repressive government that is typical of the region. From the day Saddam was removed, Iraqis were fearful of stepping forward and winding on the wrong side of the next dictatorship. Any flicker of hope for a civil society required confidence in their fellow Arabs that was non-existent. Resignation and cynicism suggested waiting for a clear victor before aligning on

Fighting for reason and liberty.

Ed Hudgins  points to the importance of speaking out critically in the face of the horrors of foreign cultures, especially as these cultures are imported to America. “[I]t is imperative to discuss openly and without concern for political correctness of irrational sensitivities that obscure the truth, the moral and cultural foundations of a free society.” Ed is right.  Free Speech is a powerful tool but we must use it!  We cannot remain silent about the savagery of foreign religious practices; we cannot lie and pretend there is a moral equivalence between our culture and others; we cannot silently sanction the irrational – primitive or post-modern – in our culture or in the world.  We must speak out and make moral judgments. Speaking of the primitive and post-modern threats to our Enlightenment heritage,  David Kelley , has an excellent introduction to the subject and the false alternative between pre-modern faith-based philosophy and secular irrational post-modernism. Most importantly,