More than a fortnight ago, Brad Fregger’s inaugural piece at America’s Right was an interesting one in that it was half-article, half-interview. Regardless, “The Promise of the Electric Vehicle” sparked a bit of controversy (which will be more apparent once the 34 comments finally import from the old site), and I was thrilled yesterday when I received another piece of writing from the good professor. So, as this is his first traditional work here at AR, I’d like to formally introduce Brad Fregger as the newest contributor here. Now, if I could only get this place figured out enough to get the contributor information up-to-date . . . –Jeff
It is surprising that many experts don’t seem to understand that we are fighting the war with terrorism on two fronts, and that doesn’t include the actual engagements in Iran and Afghanistan. This should have become extremely obvious with the massacre at Fort Hood and most recently the Northwest Airlines incident. For example, as reported on the Houston Chronicle website:
The FBI said today that it appears Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan acted alone in the Fort Hood shootings, and was not involved in terrorist activities when a joint terrorism task force crossed paths with him last year. “At this point, there is no information to indicate Major Nidal Malik Hasan had any co-conspirators or was part of a broader terrorist plot,” the FBI said in a statement.
There is some hope in that the Obama administration has indeed recognized the Northwest Airlines incident as a terrorist attack. However, it is interesting that foiled attacks seem to be quickly labeled as “attempted terrorist attacks” while successful attacks need more research and receive a token “we mustn’t jump to conclusions here.”
The FBI isn’t the only organization or individual that assumes that an attack or attempted attack isn’t terrorist activity unless there are “co-conspirators” or an instance that “was part of a broader terrorist plot.” This is dangerous thinking, leaving us wide open to the fear, pain, and suffering which could easily be caused by “lone wolves” with only one goal in mind — killing as many of the “infidels” as possible before being sent to heaven and their reward. Read “infidels” as American citizens, including women and children; the Jihadists don’t discriminate.
The danger potential of fanatical Muslims has been known for decades, even though most of the general public has only been aware of this danger since the morning of September 11, 2001. The Muslim faith is mainly a peaceful and open faith, as accepting of other religions as most Western religions are. Mohammad, even though he considered it to be the wrong spiritual path, allowed people to worship in their own faith, even allowing Christian churches and Jewish synagogues to be built. However, only Muslims could rule — which was pretty much standard practice in those days, regardless of the religion.
Nevertheless, the dream of a global Caliphate where all peoples are ruled by Islamic law has been the objective of jihadists for decades. We’ve also known for decades that there is a branch of the Muslim faith that is determined to rule the world according to their interpretation of Mohammad’s writings, and that all jihadists have the responsibility to do whatever is in their power to bring this about. So, why don’t the experts realize that we are fighting the war on terrorism on two fronts? There is little doubt as to the existence of groups planning terrorist attacks against freedom around the world, but there is little acceptance that the Muslim fanatics are also strongly encouraging individuals to fight their own battles in the name of Allah. The Associated Press, for example, reported on a posting on a fanatical Imam’s web site:
The posting on the Web site for Anwar al Awlaki, who was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, said American Muslims who condemned the attacks on the Texas military base last week are hypocrites who have committed treason against their religion. Awlaki said the only way a Muslim can justify serving in the U.S. military is if he intends to “follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal.”
In other words, if you are a follower of Anwar al Awlaki’s version of the Muslim faith, and you serve in the U.S. military, you should do as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan did and, when the opportunity presents itself, kill as many “infidels” as you can. This statement neither condemns nor speaks for the vast majority of Muslims across the globe. The small minority who do in fact support Jihadists activities are still many in number, and we do need to identify them and ensure they do not have the freedom of movement and privacy that all other U.S. citizens have a right to, regardless of their religion.
The Imams of Anwar al Awlaik’s ilk are preaching to individuals, commanding them to be true to the Muslim faith, to act on their own if they must — but, ultimately, their objective must be to cause as much pain and suffering as possible to the “infidels.” To us.
This is the second front of the war on terrorism and it is just as dangerous as the first, considering the fear, pain, and suffering that it could bring to the United States, our communities, our families, and our people.
A good friend of mine, losing faith in the ability of humanity to survive, once told me: “In the beginning, the tools of war were such that each battle was one man against another. Then, better weapons were developed and one man could kill many. Now, our technology has increased to the point where one man can kill hundreds, even thousands, soon millions, and ultimately the whole world. Once this is possible, there will be that one man who will make that choice.
We cannot afford to forget the second front of the war on terrorism.
Brad Fregger is a Texas-based writer, professor and publisher with a Master’s Degree in Futuristics. He has been writing for America’s Right since December 2009.