GAZA CITY (AFP) – Radical Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad has threatened to attack US interests to avenge any harm inflicted on its leader after the United States put a five-million-dollar price on his head.
“Any harm to the secretary general of Islamic Jihad will endanger American interests everywhere in the region,” Abu Ahmed, a spokesman for Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, said in a statement Tuesday. — from this article
“Threaten American interests”? They already threaten and do more than merely threaten American interests. The 278 Marines in Lebanon killed by Hizballah are not Americans who are “threatened” but dead. William Buckley, the C.I.A. agent in Beirut, was long ago tortured to death. The American citizens killed by Islamic Jihad are already dead, and many more would be dead were it not for the constant, unceasing detective work of the Israelis.
And yet these are among the people who are outraged that the Jizyah of aid to assorted “Palestinians” (the name given to the local Arabs who are the shock troops of the Lesser Jihad against Israel) should even temporarily be halted. And the world’s press relays or repeats without comment the very idea that such a halt in completely undeserved aid, that is, a halt in this particular transfer of wealth from Infidels to Muslims, amounts to an “economic blockade” or “boycott.” Since when does one’s choosing not to give assistance to someone or something become an economic “boycott” or “blockade”? As if the ten trillion dollars given to Muslim states in OPEC since 1973 were not quite enough.
If one chooses to no longer give a cent, say, to the university one has attended, because it has become obvious that that former staid but sober academic institution has inexorably become a grasping corporation with inflated salaries for its administrators, and with a teaching staff not entirely, but mostly full of self-promoters who, in the fields that matter most, are content to dish out to their semi-starved students the thin gruel of intellectual fashion, that is not an economic blockade or boycott. It is common sense. The universities are dominated by post-modern or post-colonial or post-somethingorother discourse about the Western world’s putative mistreatment of ‘the Other,’ along with humorless and exaggerated complaints — good especially for women on the make who are intent on riding this particular hobby-horse right to the top — about the Wehrmacht-helmetted phallic hegemony of men. This is what has come of place you had long ago attended, the place you thought still existed (and that is something the Development Office of that university or college, the beating heart of it all, still wants you to think until they relieve you of still more of your allowance). It is what has happened to the place that you would still support, had it remained an educational institution dedicated, however imperfectly, mainly to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge.
No “blockade” or “boycott” there if you don’t remember them in your will or give to them now. And no “blockade” or “boycott” of the “Palestinians” if we insist that they get their absurd handouts, which are inevitably to be used to conduct the Lesser Jihad against Israel (there is no evidence, none, to the contrary), from fellow members of the malevolent Umma, the Community of Believers, of Islam.
“Threaten American interests”? Any further attacks on the United States will lead to such a sea-change (now that the ground has been or is being prepared) in the attitude toward Islam, and toward those in our midst who carry within them that belief-system, and sole loyalty to it and to fellow Muslims, that the consequences will be great. Those consequences will begin with the creation of an atmosphere as intelligently hostile to the belief-system of Islam and its adherents, as the American public was hostile to the Nazis during World War II, or to Communists and Communist sympathizers and collaborators during the Cold War. Such an intelligent response has been slow in the coming, but as people inform themselves, and are able to make sense of all their dimly perceived suspicions and jumble of observations that merely require the explanatory theory that will make sense of the data already accumulated, and possess predictive value for the future, there will be no stopping them.
And those who think they can “threaten America” more than they do will have regretted making that assumption.