Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isnt at war with
terrorism any more than it is at war with grenades. Western
civilization is at war with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim
communities all over the world. Militant Islam isnt a tiny minority of
otherwise goodhearted Muslims. Its a dominant strain of evil that runs
rampant in a population of well over 1 billion.
Enough with the psychoanalysis. They dont hate us because of
Israel. They dont hate us because of Kashmir. They dont hate us because
we have troops in Saudi Arabia or because we deposed Saddam Hussein.
They dont hate us because of Britney Spears. They hate us because we
are infidels, and because we dont plan on surrendering or providing
them material aid in their war of aggressive expansion.
Enough with the niceties. We dont lose our souls when we treat
our enemies as enemies. We dont undermine our principles when we post
more police officers in vulnerable areas, or when we send Marines to
kill bad guys, or when we torture terrorists for information. And we
dont redeem ourselves when we close Guantanamo Bay or try terrorists in
civilian courts or censor anti-Islam comics. When it comes to war,
extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the
pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Enough with the words. Talking with Iran without wielding the
threat of force, either economic or military, wont help. Appealing to
the United Nations, run by thugs and dictators ranging from Putin to
Chavez to Ahmadinejad, is an exercise in pathetic futility. Evil
countries dont suddenly decide to abandon their evil goals -- they are
forced to do so by pressure and circumstance.
Enough with the faux allies. We dont gain anything by
pretending that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are true allies. They arent.
At best, they are playing both sides of the table. We ought to be
drilling now in order to break OPEC. Building windmills isnt going to
cut it. We should also be backing India to the hilt in its current
conflict with Pakistan -- unless Pakistan can destroy its terrorist
element, India should be given full leeway to do what it needs to do.
Russia and China, meanwhile, are facilitating anti-Western terrorism.
Treating them as friends in this global war is simply begging for a
Enough with the myths. Not everyone on earth is crying out for
freedom. There are plenty of people who are happy in their misery,
believing that their suffering is part and parcel of a correct
religious system. Those people direct their anger outward, targeting
unbelievers. We cannot simply knock off dictators and expect
indoctrinated populations to rise to the liberal democratic challenge.
The election of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is more a rule than an
exception in the Islamic world.
Enough with the lies. Stop telling us that Islam is a religion
of peace. If it is, prove it through action. Stop telling us that
President-elect Barack Obama will fix our broken relationship with the
Muslim world. They hate Obama just as much as they hated President
George W. Bush, although they think Obama is more of a patsy than Bush
was. Stop telling us that we shouldnt worry about the Islamic
infiltration of our economy. If the Saudis own a large chunk of our
banking institutions and control the oil market, they can certainly
leverage their influence in dangerous ways.
Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane
downed in Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and
rocket attacks in Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in
Tunisia, the LAX shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca
attacks, the Turkey synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London
bombings, and the repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai
massacres -- among literally thousands of others -- its about time that
the West got the point: were in a war. Our enemies are determined. They
will not quit just because we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera
CDs, or even the freedom to vote. They will not quit just because we
ensure that they have Korans in their Guantanamo cells, or because we
offer to ban The Satanic Verses (as India did). They will only quit
when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate
every obstacle to their destruction.
So enough. No more empty talk. No more idle promises. No more
happy ignorance, half measures, or appeasement- minded platitudes. The
time for hard-nosed, uncompromising action hasnt merely come -- its
been overdue by seven years. The voice of our brothers blood cries out
from the ground.