WHAT WAR ? OVER HERE, OVER HERE —
We are at war and have been at war for a long time but it’s easy for most Americans to ignore it because we usually do not see fighting on our streets, or when we do as in Ferguson, we do not associate it with the war.
For most Americans it can be said the war started more or less officially with the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It’s easy to find information on the history of this organization online. The goal of the Brotherhood is the establishment of sharia all over the world. But it started in our consciousness on September 11, 2001.
The Brotherhood had ties to Nazism. One huge shared element of their ideologies is hatred of Jews. This is not secret knowledge. Nor is hatred of Jews, and for that matter, of Christians,. something that Islamist leaders try to conceal, any more than the Nazis concealed their goals though they were not always forthcoming about their methods.
Apologists for Jihadists repeatedly say that of course “not all” Muslims are at war, and we are not at war against all of Islam. Aside from the 20th century manifestations of the effort to establish a new world-wide caliphate, especially as manifested most recently by ISIS, It is important to remember that here as in law, precedent is important, not just verbal statements of principles. The precedent to pay attention to is the life of Mohammed. It’s possible to pick “peaceful” passages from the Koran. But the importance of the precedent of Mohammed as the perfect man cannot be overstated.
One difficulty Americans have with seeing this war is its fuzzy geographic borders.
We sort of sat up and took notice again when home-grown enemies bombed their fellow Americans at the Boston Marathon in 2013.
9/11 provoked the classic Fight or Flight reaction but the enemy came here so where could one flee? And where should we fight? The choice of Iraq and Afghanistan as battlegrounds was politically controversial though no one would suggest continuing the fight on the streets of New York or Boston. Meanwhile since 9/11 the fight has continued visibly on the streets of England, and Spain and in many locations around the world as terrorist attacks proliferated.
Leadership doesn’t want to admit that self-described Muslims are responsible, as if the burden of proof is on us, not them. The latest explanation from the State Department is that young men such as those in ISIS who decapitate and burn people, kidnap and rape women and children, and even crucify children are doing so because they live in poor economies and don’t have jobs, although some jihadists come from the West and have decent educations and come from comfortable families and are not in want. Most of us know young men and women here who wouldn’t consider murder as unemployment relief.
Nazi Germany also grew out of a bad economy, as if that’s an explanation or excuse. National Socialism (Nazism) as socialism overlaps with international communism in that it depends on an economic rationale for human behavior. Returning to an earlier geographically delimited war, Vietnam, where we fought communism by proxy. Those who opposed this war blamed it all on American capitalism and imperialism without seeing communist imperialism and communist economic controls (all the “wage slavery” without the prosperity).
Now the administration wants to use the same arguments to explain what is clearly a religious war, by their own definitions, out of the mouths of terrorists.
ISIS or ISIL the current incarnation of the sharia/caliphate putsch, may have varied translations but the first word is “Islamic”. Why not take them at their word?
Hitler made his intentions clear in Mein Kampf, but though the rest of the West may have ignored it, they usually didn’t say “he didn’t really mean it”.
Many Americans are befogged by the combination of the news out of the Middle East and Africa and the “explanations” from our administration that seem to have no rational relationship to what the rest of us know as reality.
Why are American boys and girls running away to join ISIS? Do they think their lives will be better? This phenomenon proves the religious or spiritual nature of the war. Those youths are looking for something to give their lives meaning, which they confuse with powerful emotion.
So what do the rest of us do with our stifled fight or flight reflexes?
Acknowledge that we are at war and plan accordingly as much as possible, although we can’t predict the future. We are not yet quite like Europe, which is no longer fortified with the broad base of Christianity and Judaism. Europe seems to have even lost its instinct for self-preservation Europe does not have our Constitution, which acknowledges citizens’ right to self-protection.