News coverage begs the question: How do we fight evil when we refuse to call it by its name?
My first question was why we haven’t seen this plastered all over the news channels and Web sites today. The answer, I guess, was simple enough — now that we’ve elected this wonderful and magnanimous president-elect and “citizen of the world,” perhaps the mainstream press is a little hesitant to show that much of the Middle East still doesn’t care for Western civilization.
The second question, however, was far more difficult and the answer far more important: How are we supposed to fight radical Islamic terrorism across the globe if we mindlessly kowtow to the altar of political correctness and hesitate to even call it by its name?
When five sticks of dynamite were found this morning at Printemps, forcing the evacuation of the venerable Parisian establishment immensely popular among natives and tourists alike, the Associated Press in its report merely mentioned that the Afghan Revolutionary Front–no more , of course, than a group of Afghans protesting France’s involvement in their home country–were responsible.
Included in the report was a paragraph or two indicating that French President Nicholas Sarkozy supports the efforts fighting terror in Afghanistan, has many troops there (ten of which died outside of Kabul in August), and has committed even more as the United States does the same, but obviously missing from the article were the words “Islam” or “Muslim,” save for the following:
A senior police official said several aspects of the incident did not bear the hallmarks of Islamic terrorism — sending a warning, the type of explosives used, the language in the letter and the name used by the group. The group is unknown to the French domestic intelligence agency, the official said anonymously because she was not authorized to speak to the media. “This doesn’t resemble anything we have ever seen.”
Now, because the French authorities have not captured anyone, and because they could not determine that those responsible for the placement of the explosives were indeed radical Islamic terrorists, I certainly cannot fault the AP for hedging their language a little bit. However, I’m fairly certain that the “Afghan Revolutionary Front” is not comprised of a bunch of uppity Baptists.
Am I wrong to assume that those responsible answer to Allah? Maybe. Is it unfair to do so? Absolutely not. A Reuters piece seemingly written from the same pool of information makes the connection. By and large, a monumental percentage of terrorist attacks across the globe in recent years can be connected with radical Islam, and more and more it seems that we’re not keen on calling a spade a spade, and in fact willing to do anything to avoid it.
Not once during all four days of the Democratic National Convention did we hear the words “Islamic terrorism.” Not once. Yet here we are, in only the second presidential election since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and you’d think it was back on September 10th. And, of course, during this year we’ve seen Iranian President Mahmoud Aquavelvajaahd invited to speak to students and faculty and staff and press at Columbia University in New York City despite his countless threats to wipe Israel off of the map, and we’ve seen former President Jimmy “Dhimmi” Carter go not once but twice to embrace and legitimize and play tonsil hockey with the leaders of Hamas, who actually have been trying for years to wipe Israel off of the map.
Sadly, we seem incapable of dismissing the easy and politically correct notion that we all dream of cupcakes and streamers and pony rides and peaceful coexistence in this vast world. Yet we insist on maintaining that blissful ignorance despite a wealth of evidence showing that such ignorance could mean death or defeat at the hands of radical Islam.
We dismiss Ahmadinejad’s statements as the insane ramblings of a rarely-showered head of state with a beard and a stinky dinner jacket, rather than pay attention to the actual words coming from his mouth.
We fight to provide rights inherent only to American citizens to enemy combatants caught in the act of planning to or actually trying to kill American soldiers–our own mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters–and somehow refuse to acknowledge that each and every one of these despicable characters would slit the throats of the nearest infidel if they only had the chance.
We understandably cannot comprehend the mindset it takes to strap an explosive vest to a handicapped woman, or to ourselves, and go to a populated area to wreak havoc and terror among others, but instead of erring on the safe side, instead of dealing from common sense and caution, we shoot from the hip with emotion.
And when ten gunmen kill hundreds of defenseless people in an equally defenseless Mumbai, a sizable segment of our population actually blames American foreign policy for the attacks, as if those radical Islamic terrorists only happened upon the only Jewish community center in a city of ten million where they went inside and just happened to tie up, torture and kill a Rabbi and his wife in front of their two-year-old son. It’s Bush’s fault. It’s because of the war in Iraq. It’s the natural consequences of imperialism and aggressive nation-building. If we keep to ourselves, they say, they’ll understand and keep to themselves as well.
All we are saying, comes the echo from the left, is give peace a chance.
When they capture our soldiers and our contractors, people who lay their lives on the line every single day so Iraqi and Afghani men and women and children have running water, have respectable schools, have freedom and the right to vote and dip their index fingers in purple ink, they don’t extend any sympathy, they don’t offer food and water and Bibles and prayer and court proceedings with taxpayer-paid attorneys — they torture, they burn, they kill, and they drag their bodies through the streets to show everyone else how they feel about the Infidels.
In a display of utter contempt, they throw shoes at the very man whose actions, faith and determination in the face of global criticism and scrutiny has allowed them to throw their shoes at a head of state in the first place.
But we don’t pay attention, anyway. It doesn’t matter. We weren’t watching when the streets of Palestine erupted in celebration at the destruction of the Twin Towers. We weren’t watching when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed laughed at us for actually providing him with a fair trial. We’re too busy making excuses for those who want nothing more than our bloody Infidel head on a silver platter. We’re too busy drowning in hope and gushing over change and rabidly looking forward to a detente-at-all-costs foreign policy, implemented by people who refuse to acknowledge that some people in the world just don’t deserve to sit across a negotiation table from an emissary of the United States of America.
We can’t even admit that it was likely Islamic terrorists who placed explosives in a crowded Parisian department store. We know they’re Afghani. We know they’re unhappy about the French military presence in Afghanistan. Yet we’re not even unable, but rather unwilling to make the connection for fear that we might offend someone, for fear that we might incite a riot.
God forbid we draw any more political cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad, or name any more class teddy bears after him!
For some reason, we insist upon taking some imaginary high road, as if people willing to kill children for Allah will somehow understand, desist, and get a respectable job at their neighborhood Halal restaurant. I don’t understand it. Despite having our own nose bloodied, despite being threatened daily with more violence to ourselves and to our families, we insist upon trying to win a fist-fight with a hug. It doesn’t work, and like it or not we’re all going to pay dearly for it.