Islamist Terrorism

December 6th, 2008

The deadly attack by Islamist terrorists in Mumbai highlights the fact that a small group of well-trained, well-armed, and motivated men can overwhelm very large numbers of normal people, killing and wreaking havoc at will.  That’s true whether they attack commando-style as in Mubai, with bombs as in London and Madrid, or with airplanes as in New York. 

There are those who can’t see that this threat is going to keep coming at us until the terrorists are defeated or we are sufficiently protected to ward them off.  They can’t understand that the terrorists can’t be appeased.  Islamist terrorism takes sustenance from apologists who want to try to understand them, to resolve their grievances so they won’t keep killing people.  Some believe that the problem is the presence of a Jewish state in the Arab heartland; if we could solve that problem, they think, Muslims would be happy. 

There was clearly an antisemitic element in the attack, to no one’s surprise.  As reported in a Haaretz article, a doctor in Mumbai who saw the dead and treated the injured said,  

Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again.

The perpetual war against Jews is the first-cited cause of Islamist terrorism, of course.  But anyone who believes that it ends there is guilty of serious self-deception.  As Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris said in a sermon broadcast on Palestinian Authority television shortly before Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005:

The Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers….  We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world – except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.

Again:  The day will come when we will rule America…Britain…and the entire world.  We had better believe that this is the underlying goal of Islam.  There are hundreds of millions of Muslims who believe it, and many of them, although perhaps only a small majority, are willing to wreak unspeakable violence on infidels and even other Muslims in pursuit of that goal.  And many more Muslims, perhaps a majority, support them.       

You’ve probably heard some version of a statement frequently made by Martin Niemoeller, a German pastor of the Nazi era.  It’s frequently rendered as a poem, but this version probably comes closest to what he said on numerous occasions:

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.

We must certainly speak out, but we must do much more if western civilization (that’s us) is to survive this onslaught.  We have to protect ourselves at home, and we must be willing to project force to help protect our friends and to neutralize specific threats before they reach us.  If along the way we have to overcome the naive objections of well-meaning navel-gazers, then so be it.

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3 Responses to “Islamist Terrorism”

  1. Lillie |

    I agree 100% – so true. I do believe we have to protect our friends and neutralize specific threats before they reach us. So many people just don’t realize the secretive threats surrounding us even now in our country.

  2. doris |

    I don’t agree. I believe that terrorism is everywhere ,not just in the muslim or islamic society. We have terrorists here,in usa,and they are not all muslim.Muslims are not all terrorists nor are the wars in and around Israel ever to end. This is foretold in the Bible,and i don’t see Israel moving?do you?

  3. tabbi |

    I agree with doris, that terrorism is everywhere and in many different forms. On our own doorstep we see the Christian terrorists who bomb abortion clinics, killing doctors, possibly pregnant women and unborn fetuses. What about the terrorist that live in our homes, husbands that beat their wives, wives that beat their husbands, parents that beat their kids. These are all terrorists. Most likely they call themselves Christians. Do you see anyone getting irate, or the news talking about them in a derogatory manner? No, because we don’t have terrorism in America…right?? That’s just an “islamic” trait. Its true that there are a great number of terrorists in islamic nations, but there are a lot of terrorists everywhere. It is a good scare tactic for our government to use against us, sort of like the one back in the day about the Russians invading us and we all need to be prepared with our bomb shelters. Ok..enough said…Not to offend, just my OPINION.

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