In Human Events this sad morning I outline a decade of denial, appeasement, and compromise:
Ten years after 9/11, the war on terror is far from over, and we are losing it.
We were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, by Islamic jihadists who explained, in writings they left behind, that they were committing mass murder in the name of Islam, inspired by the teachings of Islam, and in defense, as they saw it, of Islam. They struck the United States in service of their hope of destroying it, and ultimately imposing upon the U.S., the West and the world an Islamic government that would rule according to Islamic law, which denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience and equality of rights for all people.
Yet 10 years later, it is not only the height of political incorrectness to speak about the motives and goals of those who attacked the United States on that terrible day. It is explicitly against United States government policy to look into such matters. The Obama administration hardly ever speaks of terrorism at all. Department of Homeland Security”‹ (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano famously said several years ago that she preferred to refer not to acts of “terrorism” but to “man-caused disasters,” and focused a DHS report on hunting “right-wing extremists” rather than Islamic jihad terrorists.
Ten years after 9/11, we have a President who has communicated in numerous ways that the United States” new primary response to Islamic jihad terror is to redress what Muslims perceive as grievances. Barack Obama”‹ has even declared: “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
Obama’s policies toward Islamic terrorism proceed consistently from the assumption that the conflict between the West and the Islamic world is entirely the West’s fault, and that he can thus bring that conflict to an end by means of sufficiently generous overtures to the Islamic world. He has answered the question, “Why do they hate us?” decisively by saying, in effect, “They hate us because of what we are doing to them.” Might they hate us for reasons of their own, rooted in their own religious and cultural assumptions that are beyond our ability to affect or change? Obama never considers that possibility.
The President has also warmly endorsed the “Arab Spring” uprising in Egypt. Contrary to the optimism with which the mainstream media have greeted it in the U.S., Egypt’s Arab Spring is set to usher into power a Muslim Brotherhood”‹ regime that will ramp up the country”s already virulent persecution of Christians, impose principles of Islamic law that will subject women and non-Muslims to institutionalized discrimination, and set Egypt on a path toward open war with Israel….
“Losing” is not the same thing as “lost.” Join us today for our second annual 9/11 Freedom Rally on September 11 at 3pm at Park Place and West Broadway, right by Ground Zero, and show the world you are determined to defend freedom.