My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, January 04, 2010

The enemy is global jihad....

When will our leaders start telling the truth???
The clear, present and continuing danger posed to Western civilization by the worldwide Islamist terror network cannot be overcome while the American, European and other freedom-loving peoples are neither mobilized nor steeled for the sacrifices ahead.

No serious observer minimizes the perils. The attack carried out in November at Fort Hood by Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Muslim, showed the fatal consequences of not intercepting "ticking bombs." And the arrests of Najibullah Zazi, David Headley and five young Pakistani-Americans last year in separate plots against America irrefutably established that homegrown jihadists are a threat - just as they are in the UK, Germany and Spain.

While Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed to blow up Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit on Christmas Day, this attempted mass murder was only the latest proof that an Islamist terror network, with bases in Africa, Arabia and South Asia, cells just about everywhere else, and a noxious presence on the Internet, sees itself in a relentless state of war with the West.

A RECENT New York Times editorial concluded: "Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen? Americans have a right to feel weary. But the [Abdulmutallab] plot is a warning of why it's so important to head off full chaos in Yemen. The last thing the world needs is another haven for al-Qaida."

Indeed. But if Americans are "weary" at this stage of the conflict, it is partly because their leaders - and media - have not properly framed the nature of the threat.

Neither former president George W. Bush, who spoke mostly of a "war on terror," nor President Barack Obama, who speaks in terms of "violent extremists" - and no European leader - has had the courage to say that the enemy is global jihad.

The Islamist danger is not primarily rooted geographically - in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Iran or Arabia - but theologically and politically within the larger Muslim civilization.

The only way Westerners can connect the dots - between, say, the devastating attack against Forward Operating Base Chapman near the Pakistani border in Afghanistan (which claimed the lives of seven seasoned CIA anti-terror operatives), and the attempted ax-murder of a cartoonist in the Danish city of Aarhus over the weekend - is for their leaders to plainly say who the enemy is, what they want, and what is at stake if they succeed.

That US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's first reaction to the attack aboard Northwest Flight 253 was to think that it was unconnected to a larger plot, testifies to how hard it will be to change mind-sets. Even Obama's first reaction was that Abdulmutallab appeared to be an "isolated extremist."

Yet compared to most other world leaders, Obama is positively Churchillian. He has articulated the right goal: "To disrupt, to dismantle, and defeat the extremists who threaten us…anywhere where they are planning attacks…"

He's got the metaphysics right: "Evil does exist in the world." Furthermore, he fully understands the amorphous nature of the enemy, declaring that the "war" is against "a far-reaching network."

The missing link is naming the enemy. Only then will he be able to talk frankly about how hard - and necessary - it is to find trustworthy Muslim allies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until the day comes (if ever) that Western Governments adopt policy that targets Muslim individuals for thorough search and apprehension we shall continue to see Bombing deaths.

Terrorism as we know it will not be stopped, at best, we can reduce the incident rate.

As long as my wife and I (at 70) are subjected to the same level of search as young Muslim individuals the Jihad can claim Victory.

Contrary to the popular belief, I don't think the West had a failure in procedure or process, we had a failure in common sense.

When our politically correct system fails to isolate Muslims for special examination then the Jihad can be declared a success.

We need to clearly understand that all Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.

The secretary of Homeland Security and her President just don't get that simple fact and that is their failure.

7:07 PM  
Blogger tao_taier said...

Those islamic "allies".

Wouldn't you think that if are the islamic governments got blown to bits that the whole concept of global islam would be nothing but a big puff of smoke in the minds of those terrorists?

The Potsdam Declaration comes to mind.*

Wouldn't it make the islamic doctrine all the more useless?

Any retaliatory bombings wouldn't accomplish a thing. And it would be a good practice to ignore such things rather then take draconian security measures to "protect" "everyone". **(note at bottom)

Besides, I don't see generations of kids taking up jihad 20 or so years from now if that were to take place.
Given how far the tech industry has come and how much further it'll go between that span of time I'm pretty sure we'll be able to win them over.

"Martyr myself through jihad or play xbox1080 or PS7 and then eat some pizza....HmmmMMmm.."

All I'm saying is that Japan turned out pretty well.

And we all know how stubborn their military was:


Though my argument was originally hypothetical, I no longer consider it out of the question once given thought of the true nature of Islam. (ALL of Islam)

Religion of peace?

Clearly not that many western liberal muslims have read their Qur'an.

**More people die from a multitude of other things life goes on, cities rebuild.
Even if society would crumble (it won't) it would just revert back to brief form of "feudalism" of some sort(s) in some areas at worst.
And That wouldn't do them any good either since everyone else would both out number, out last, out sophisticate in just about any number of ways that such a path would be pointless.

The only thing beyond that would be to get the closet commies to stop stoking the fire.
Given their hate for all other religions ("yay Islam", their favorite tool) and love of ever expanding government control I don't see them doing that in a hurry.

I'm still convinced though that truth, civility and sophistication will ultimately prevail against either threat.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

All terrorists are Muslim? That's a fact is it? ETA and the IRA to name two may disagree.

12:35 PM  
Blogger tao_taier said...

I'm sorry, I never knew the IRA was a far reaching global terrorist network that has committed terror attacks in just about every corner of the globe in an effort to somehow further their "global agenda".

Same could be said of those ETA idiots.

I didn't say all muslims are terrorists.

What I did say though is that many of them don't even know what their own holy books explicitly say and calls on them to do.

Islam isn't interested in peaceful coexistence with other cultures or religions. It's pretty specific about what it's aims are regardless of denomination.

4:02 PM  
Blogger tao_taier said...


Part of my first comment is missing.

Hence the messed up sentence:"Clearly[... missing text...] not that many western liberal muslims have read their Qur'an."

Place the word, "Essentially" in front of the "What I did say though is that many of them don't even know what their own holy books explicitly say and calls on them to do."

And that should patch that up well enough to equal what I meant.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I know you didn't say it tao, Anon above you said it and that was who i addressed.

5:50 PM  

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