Sorry lads, no can do
In “A Day That Will Live In… Accomodating Islam,” Diana West explores “how successful that heinous strike” has been “in utterly changing us and our world”:
A high school sophomore asked me this week whether Sept. 11 would always be remembered. Would it always be, as she put it, “somber”?
Lacking a crystal ball, I have no answer. And, frankly, looking back seven years to that cataclysmic jihadist atrocity, I realize I’m probably not the most dependable prognosticator because never would I have imagined back in 2001 how successful that heinous strike would be in utterly changing us and our world.
Blame ignorance, blame cowardice: The strangest effect of 9/11 has been, on balance, an accelerated campaign of accommodation of Islam’s law in the West, a campaign boosted across the globe by the jihadist attacks of 3/11 (Madrid 2004) and 7/7 (London 2005) and many, many others. Paradoxically, such fast-track accommodation has occurred even as any and all connection between jihadist acts and Islam — specifically Islamic war doctrine — have been emphatically ruled out by our leaders, both civilian and military. It’s not that they have disproven the connection. Worse, they have chosen to ignore it.[…]
Meanwhile, the undermining reach of Islamic law stretches across American society, from the hilltop farm in rural Vermont, where goats are now raised to be slaughtered according to Islamic law, to Wall Street, where once-mighty financial institutions, some of them having become trinkets of Islamic potentates, now adapt themselves to Sharia banking practices, to Washington, D.C., where stately government buildings have been ringed in quasi-medieval, high tech anti-jihad defenses. It may be politically incorrect to notice this expansion of Islamic influence in the West, but it is also extremely difficult not to notice it. Then again, perhaps due to a 9/11 numbing effect, too few of us do.
Just last month, for example, publishing heavyweight Random House pulled a romance novel about Muhammad from its fall line-up out of fear of Islamic violence in New York City — yawn. Also last month, Mazen Asbahi, Obama’s director of Muslim outreach, resigned over ties to the Muslim Brotherhood — snore. (According to Investor’s Business Daily, Asbahi continues to work in some capacity for the campaign.) Last spring, the U.S. government issued guidelines for the Department of Homeland Security and others that “suggest” such terms as “jihad” and “Islamic terrorism” not be used; snooze. Earlier this year, revelations that the No. 2 man at the Pentagon, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, was closely assisted by Hesham Islam, “an Islamist with a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bent who has brought in groups to the Pentagon who have been unindicted co-conspirators,” according to terror expert Steven Emerson, drew a big yawn, snores and a snooze.
Who could have imagined any of this, back when there was still a massive hole of burning ash at the bottom of Manhattan?…
I couldn’t have. But I can now. I see it every day. I wrote about it here this morning. But despite the somber tone of that post, and despite the fact that a realistic appraisal of where we are today vis-a-vis societal accommodation of Sharia gives one every reason to be somber, there is no time today for moping around and feeling maudlin — however popular these emotions may be in the mainstream. Diana West records one response to her column above at her blog:
Somber, indeed. Good piece. Get ready, though, because this may make you vomit: NYC had a citywide singalong at 2:00 pm at which appointed hour you were supposed to go outside and sing “Let It Be” on the sidewalk (no, I”m not kidding) with people from your building so that the entire city would be unified in song.
“Let It Be”?
Let It Be?
Forget it. I am not going to Let It Be. I am going to keep putting stones on the road in front of the Sharia bandwagon as long as I am. I am going to keep standing up for freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, the dignity of women and all the other principles of our society and civilization that are threatened by Sharia. I am not going to Let Be the mass murder of workers in an office building. I am not going to Let Be the beheading of reporters and civilian contractors. I am not going to Let Be the stoning of women to death for adultery, their murder or imprisonment for the crime of being raped, their religiously-sanctioned beating for disobedience. I am not going to Let Be the complacent dismissal of Sharia initiatives by blinkered and short-sighted analysts in America. I am not going to Let Be the full-scale effort to place Islam beyond critical examination at the time when that examination is needed the most.
Let It Be? Not a chance. I’ll die first.