I received a message earlier tonight that said:
Please remove me from your subscribtion list. This is a sight to vent our anger, but we need to change policy.
So I thought I would take the opportunity to remind you that this is not actually a site intended to allow you to vent your anger. I know that many do so here, and I understand the reasons for that anger, but I have spoken up many times to say that posts labeling all Muslims as evil or calling for genocide are not welcome.
So I ask you to consider: what is the best way to defeat the global jihad? Not by venting. Think strategically when you post, and try not to write something that plays into the hands of those who would destroy us.
The other side of that oft-repeated coin is that actually I didn’t create this site so that people could vent at all, but to raise awareness precisely so that policy would be affected. The anti-jihad struggle, as I have also often repeated, is a struggle for the equality of dignity and rights of all people. Comments that are boorish, threatening, aggressive, etc., or tangled into knots answering some obvious provocateur, will only discourage thoughtful people who are actually in a position to influence policy from using this site as a resource.
Ultimately, what is this site for? To raise awareness of the nature of the foe that faces the Western world and all free people. This is necessary because most policymakers and analysts in the West so far continue to ignore or deny outright the true nature of that foe. Until that changes, the jihadists have the advantage, even if it is not one of military might; there are other ways to win wars. From time to time in the past and increasingly, I hope, in the future, as I begin work on my new book, Jihad Watch will offer recommendations for future steps. After almost a year of posting, this site’s archives are full of useful material for legislators, students, human rights activists, etc. I hope they will use it as such, and consult it daily for updates — not just for a chance to vent.