At Jihad Watch you are not going to see anything like the great quantities of Election Blah that is currently being slathered all over other websites. We are not going to endorse any candidate, and we have already pointed out how no candidate has demonstrated a full awareness of the jihad threat — which is not to say that some aren’t closer to that awareness than others are.
But the main reason why this site will not be given over to the general election obsession is because elections come and go, politicians come and go, and the jihad remains. Americans have grown accustomed to thinking in news cycles, and right now the jihad is far out of the news cycle: there has not been a large-scale terror attack in the U.S. for over seven years, things are looking up in Iraq, and since the mainstream media has given so little attention to the stealthy attempts to compel Americans, bit by bit, to accommodate Sharia, polls show that fewer Americans today believe that terrorism is a threat than at any time since before 9/11. When Russia attacked Georgia, the relief among the pundits and learned analysts was palpable: they could snap back to Cold War mode, and stop tying themselves into knots trying to explain how Islam is a Religion of Peace but we have to fight against Islamic terrorists. Islamic terrorism is yesterday’s news — file it all away and dust off the rapacious bear cartoons. As far as jihad goes, the strife is o’er, the battle done, the problem solved. And so now America is consumed with more important things.
This site, however, even if five people are reading it, is going to continue to bear witness to the fact that the monomaniacal attention on the election, and dismissal of the jihad, is short-sighted. The global jihad has been going on for 1400 years, and it will continue after November 4, 2008. Jihad violence is continuing today in many parts of the world, and the present calm in the West is tactical. I’m going to continue to try to raise awareness of these facts, because the more people who are aware, and alert, the more people will be able to resist.
This is not to say that we will not be posting any election-related material — in fact, I am going to post some momentarily. But it will not become our primary focus, which will remain on even more important matters.