CHARLOTTE, NC, June 1, 2017 – In the aftermath of the Manchester killings two things have been reinforced regarding the war on terrorism.
The first should have been acknowledged by mainstream media long ago, but political correctness always wins out in the long run. Cynical as it may sound, the West needs to wake up to the fact that solidarity marches, floral memorials, Teddy bears, and hashtags are not a strategy against global terrorism.
That is not to say that people should not mourn their losses or seek to understand why such incidents occur, but it is a clear message that being more vigilant, learning about the enemy and getting realistic about Islamic terror is a better way to eradicate the menace.
Western solidarity means nothing unless Western nations accept the fact that Islam is not a “religion of peace” and stop catering to the whims of a culture that refuses to assimilate into its new environment.
Muslims have every right to be different and to practice their beliefs in their own way, but that does not give them the freedom to infest their host countries with concepts, mores and cultural disparities that are foreign to their new environment.
The second part of the new awareness by some members of the media is the concept of “radicalization.” If other words that have found our way into contemporary language are offensive, then “radicalization” belongs on that list.
The perpetrator of the Manchester murders, was not “radicalized” overnight. Such a concept is a misnomer that must be dispelled before we are able to tackle Islamic extremism head on.
Perhaps Hugh Fitzgerald said it best in an article for “Jihad Watch” when he wrote,
“Islam does not need to be ‘radicalized’ nor radicals ‘Islamized’ for Muslims to become terrorists. The Qur’an, hadith, and sira supply all the “radicalization” that “radicals” require. But there is not a mainstream Islam and another, quite different, “radicalized” Islam. The same texts and teachings are to be found in mainstream mosques and madrasas as in those some describe as preaching, or teaching, a ‘radicalized’ Islam.” (emphasis added)
Fitzgerald continues the thought, which seems so easy to grasp that one has to wonder why Islamic apologists are incapable of making the connection when he says,
“The Muslim terrorist is not violating, but following the commands, and the great example, of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.”
In the Muslim world Muhammad was the last prophet and, by extension, is believed to have been the perfect conduit between Allah and man. The rift between Christians and Muslims primarily lies in the fact that Muhammad is not regarded as divine as is Jesus Christ, and the concept of the Holy Trinity which goes against the idea of the monotheistic God of Islam.
The difficulty with the term “radicalization” is that it is not new. Islam has a 1400 year track record of research and study, and jihadists have been “radicalized” for the entire 14 centuries. This is not an overnight proposition. Terrorists in the past have not reacted any differently than those of today. The violence and hatred can be traced to a single individual who conceived the Islamic ideal in the desert of Mecca.
Terrorists in the past have not reacted any differently than those of today. The violence and hatred can be traced to a single individual who conceived the Islamic ideal in the desert of Mecca.
There are some differences today in how Islam is spreading its vile mantras throughout the world, however. The first is oil which virtually made the Middle East rich overnight. Hugh Fitzgerald claims there has been more than $25 trillion added to Middle Eastern coffers since 1973. That buys a lot of bullets.
Immigration on a massive scale has sent Muslims and their ideals into the West in far greater numbers than ever before. Not a problem if the newcomers assimilate, yet when 50 million people enter a region, it is not immigration, it’s an invasion.
Finally, there’s the advent of new technology, especially social media which allows instant communications anywhere in the world. Pictures and ideas fly through the ether at mega-speeds and the glamor of combat frequently outweighs the drudgery of a 9 to 5 existence for many young men.
Historically, in its own way, some observers have said that the single most important thing to bringing down the Berlin Wall and the break-up of the Soviet Union was the fax machine.
Once the information barrier was removed from free-flow communications the world woke up and the wall came down.
Today, technology is light-years ahead of fax machines, but the steady progression of pictures and information is being devoured by a hate mongering cult that relies on boredom and, in many cases, lack of education and income to perpetuate its goals.
The fact that the United States endured eight years of Islamic apologies from the White House did nothing but undermine the war on terror and embolden those who practice it.
In their current incarnations, “radicalization” is an oxymoron and hashtags and Teddy bears are not solutions. It’s time to wake up and get serious about defeating Islamic terrorism.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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