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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Know your enemy

Charles Krauthammer relates an astonishing exchange that took place on May 13 at the House Judiciary Committee between Rep. Lamar Smith (R Tex) and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R.,Texas): Do you feel that these individuals might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam?

Attorney General Eric Holder: There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these actions. . . .

Smith: Okay, but radical Islam could have been one of the reasons?

Holder: There are a variety of reasons why people—

Smith: But was radical Islam one of them?

Holder: There are a variety of reasons why people do these things. Some of them are potentially religious-based.
The questioner eventually gave up in exasperation.

Krauthammer goes on to describe how President Obama's insistence on being politically correct about Islam is destroying America.
Why is this important? Because the first rule of war is to know your enemy. If you don’t, you wander into intellectual cul-de-sacs and ignore the real causes that might allow you to prevent recurrences.

The Pentagon report on the Fort Hood shooter runs 86 pages with not a single mention of Hasan’s Islamism. It contains such politically correct inanities as “religious fundamentalism alone is not a risk factor.”

Of course it is. Indeed, Islamist fundamentalism is not only a risk factor. It is the risk factor, the common denominator linking all the great terror attacks of this century — from 9/11 to Mumbai, from Fort Hood to Times Square, from London to Madrid to Bali. The attackers were of various national origin, occupation, age, social class, native tongue, and race. The one thing that united them was the jihadist vision in whose name they acted.

To deny this undeniable truth leads to further absurdities. Remember the wave of speculation about Hasan’s supposedly secondary post-traumatic stress disorder — that he was so deeply affected by the heart-rending stories of his war-traumatized patients that he became radicalized? On the contrary. He was moved not by their suffering but by the suffering they (and the rest of the U.S. military) inflicted on Hasan’s fellow Muslims, in whose name he gunned down 12 American soldiers while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
Read the whole thing.

Now think about this: Have we correctly identified Israel's enemies? Or are we engaged in an exercise of political correctness?


At 1:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
Who but an Islamist fundamentalist would try to cover up the real reason for the terror attacks?
Happy 4Th of July with him at the helm it might be the last one that America enjoys in freedom.Islam has already taken over!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The entire Western world is in denial about Islam.

Don't look for it to change any time soon.

What could go wrong indeed


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