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Posted on 03/04/2006 8:29:25 PM PST by FFforFreedom
Islam's March Against the West By Brigitte Gabriel
Excerpted from Brigitte Gabriel's speech delivered at the Intelligence Summit in Washington DC, Saturday February 18, 2006.
We gather here today to share information and knowledge. Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mind set and intention of the enemy. The west has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.
I was ten years old when my home exploded around me burying me under the rubble drinking my blood to survive as the perpetrators shouted Allah Akbar. My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. I learned at 10 years old the meaning of the word "infidel." I had a crash course in survival not in girl scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of thirteen I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night waiting to be slaughtered and by the age of 20 I had buried most of my friends who were killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London, we were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.
As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12th 2001 asking themselves, "Why do they hate us?" The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim World? If America and the west were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to even ask the question. Simply put, they hate me and you because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word, "infidels."
Under the banner of Islam "la, ilaha illa allah, muhammad rasoulu allah," there is no God but Allah, Muhammad is his prophet, they murdered Jewish children in Israel, massacred Christians in Lebanon, killed Copts in Egypt, Assyrians in Syria, Hindus in India, and expelled almost 900,000 Jews out of Muslim lands. We Middle Eastern infidels paid the price then and for their indifference and shortsightedness infidels worldwide are paying the price now.
Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn't buy protection, it earns disrespect and loathing in the enemy's eyes. Apathy is the weapon by which the west is committing suicide. Political correctness is the shackles around our ankles by which Islamists are leading us to our demise.
America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy. Islam. You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims are wonderful moderates. I hope the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence from around the world in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed from burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, or to warnings to be prepared for the real holocaust, has given you a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. The news pictures and video of these events represents a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source, authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared "Intifada" on the West.
America and the west can no longer afford to lay in their lazy state of overweight ignorance. The consequences of this mental disease are starting to attack the body and if they don't take the necessary steps now to control it, death will be knocking soon.
If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world. This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting.
We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering human basic instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian Territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals such as doctors, and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature, life in society is ever capable of giving them.
The United States has been a prime target for radical Islamic hatred and terror. Every Friday, mosques in the Middle East ring with shrill prayers and monotonous chants calling death, destruction and damnation down on America and its people. The radical Islamists' deeds have been as vile as their words. Since the Iran Hostage crisis, more than three thousand Americans have died in a terror campaign almost unprecedented in its calculated cruelty along with thousands of other citizens worldwide. Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims. This intentional, indiscriminate and wholesale murder of innocent American citizens is justified and glorified in the name of Islam.
America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must "engage" our terrorist enemies, that we must "address their grievances". Their grievance is our freedom of religion. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.
Our mediocre attitude of not confronting Islamic forces of bigotry and hatred wherever it raised its ugly head in the last 30 years, has empowered and strengthened our enemy to launch a full scale attack on the very freedoms we cherish in their effort to impose their values and way of life on our civilization.
If we don't wake up and challenge our Muslims community to take action against the terrorists within it, if we don't believe in ourselves as Americans and in the standards we should hold every patriotic American to, we are going to pay a price for our shortsighted delusion.
For the sake of our children and our country, we must wake up and take action. In the face of a torrent of hateful invective and terrorist murder, America's learning curve since the Iran hostage crisis is so shallow that it is almost flat. The longer we lay supine, the more difficult it will be to stand erect.
Brigitte Gabriel is an expert on the Middle East conflict and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject. She's the former news anchor of World News for Middle East television and the founder of American Congress for Truth.com. Brigitte Gabriel is the author of a forthcoming book on the same subject to be published by St. Martin's Press later in 2006.
Excerpted from Brigitte Gabriel's speech delivered at the Intelligence Summit in Washington DC, Saturday February 18, 2006.
And how many deaf ears will this fall upon?
>>>>Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims.
Maybe we should get out of Iraq and Afghnistan ASAP, because of what she says?
How much would it cost to tatoo this essay on Murthra's ass in number 12 font?
What line has to be crossed before the politicians will speak out as to who the enemy really is? That goes for the media too.
I realize that some will never admit it. They think that all people think like they do, they just need a chance. Those that are that willingly ignorant can never be convinced.
But what about the majority of westerners? Where is the point where it's too late to recognize the true enemy? They have declared war on us in mosques for years, yet our leaders in the west either deny it or call the enemy some bunch of lunatics (the minority, of course) who've hijacked their Religion of Peace.
Well, if it is just a minority, then the majority, by their silence, is condoning what is happening.
The author of this article is just saying what should be quite obvious.
Spot on, the West needs to wake up. I find Muslims similar to rabid animals, and there's only one thing you can do with a rabid animal...
"Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn't buy protection, it earns disrespect and loathing in the enemy's eyes. Apathy is the weapon by which the west is committing suicide. Political correctness is the shackles around our ankles by which Islamists are leading us to our demise. "
This woman is right on the money here. A voice of experience..WAKE UP AMERICA!
Look at the map. Right now we outflank the Iranians.
To widen the front against islam.
But, did they hear what she said?
The bigot says that Muslims are radically different from us.
The moderate says that they are just like us.
The realist says that the bigot is right for the wrong reasons.
I can assure you that the Americans charged with protecting you are very aware of the threats and where they are most likely to come from.
We are training in this area. When it comes to the reality of this war in relation to the streets of the United States your first responders are focusing on the reality of the threat and who the most likely culprits will be.
Politial correctness does not cloud our reality.
Yep, but according the this lady what was the point of endangering our men, trying to setup democracy in both places when they are just aganst us anyhow. I guess she feels our soldiers who have died since the capture of Saddam have been a waste?
To me, she's saying polotical correctness will the instrument of our death.
Exactly.. Divide Iraq into three parts... divide and conquer..
Reward and support the the friendlys, the others will be jealous..
You obviously didn't read the essay, and DON'T say you did. Brigitte Gabriel doesn't mention anything about pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq. She says America must get tougher and meaner if we are to win the WOT. And I fully agree. This is one of the finest essyas on this subject matter I've read since the 9-11 attacks. Maybe the best.
The US needs to keep our military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. We need to kill all the "jihadists" and "islamofascists" we can before they kill more Americans. I don't want to engage in any nation building or spreading democracy throughout the Islamic world. I don't require a complete a understanding of the Islamic world or the Muslim mindset, nor di I need to know anything more about Mohammad and the so-called religion of peace. I want to bury the Islamic world, before it buries my world.
ok, sorry that was the way I read it, that type of thinking is at odds with our goals.
they'll be running into a lot of gals and grannies with guns too AND experience!
I don't believe she is stating that all Muslims are the enemy.
Here is what she said: You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims are wonderful moderates. I hope the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence from around the world in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed from burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, or to warnings to be prepared for the real holocaust, has given you a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. The news pictures and video of these events represents a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source, authentic Islam.
In other words, there are no moderate muslims, because their religion is inherently extremist. She is saying WAKE UP!
I read it, just felt she was using a broad brush.
Who informed them? Maybe you think Al-Quaeda is a reliable source of information.
You only saw what you wanted to see.
"I don't want to engage in any nation building or spreading democracy throughout the Islamic world. I don't require a complete a understanding of the Islamic world or the Muslim mindset, nor di I need to know anything more about Mohammad and the so-called religion of peace. I want to bury the Islamic world, before it buries my world."
It's people like you, who think like you do, that will get us all killed.
I'm glad to hear that. I really am.
But I'd like to hear something along those lines from our own politicians (Republican and Democrat). Everytime they attempt to say it they are branded as racists or whatever the fashionable term is.
Oh no, this can't be true!
This Briggite person has to be wrong!
We must listen to the Muslims and try to understand them. For, their hearts and in the right place and they mean good. The only thing they have in mind for us is a world unified under one religion: Islam. So what if they have to murder thousands or millions along the way to achieve their objective. It is, after all, Allah's will and Allah that's directing them.
The troops who have died have died doing their job, which is to kill those who are hostile to us and to prevent them from taking over the government of Iraq. Democracy is too strong a term for what we are, in a poistivly, trying to do. It is to set up a popular government with whom we can deal on the same terms as Pakistan. My guess is thast we have been undercut by our allies, such as Saudi Arabia, which would still like Iraq to be controlled by a Sunni Arab government, and is playing a double game. Helping us and helping the insurgents, not letting their left hand know what their right hand is doing.
"She's playing right into Osama's hands, and undermining our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, WHY stay in Iraq if they are just going to turn against us?"
I believe her basic thesis that true Islam is the common enemy to be correct. However, I also see your point and think your question is valid.
I felt that "regime" change was necessary in both Iraq and Afganistan - the president did the right thing. I am also starting to think it will be necessary in Iran also.
What we didn't do, and probably should have in both cases, is absolutely make it clear that an Islamic state is totally unacceptable to the West. We do NOT want to abolish Islam, just its control over the machinery of government. It can have a say, but not the biggest say or the final say. Also, we should have ensured TOTAL freedom of religon in those countries. If ever I saw a place where "hate crimes" legislation was appropriate, it is in those areas. Burning, etc. a mosque, church, synagoge, or any place of worship by the citizens of those countries should be a capitol offense (although most of them kill themselves doing it anyway).
You know, I really don't have a clue what should be done, and will now shut up. Sorry.
We know this will fall on MSM deaf ears, no doubt about that.
Just think thats a pretty broad brush thats all...
I hate to jump on the burn wagon here, but can you show one example of a moderate Muslim?
Broad brush? You still haven't read the essay. Either that or you don't understand it. This Brigitte Gabriel
nails every major aspect of the current state of affairs involving America and the war terrorism. The purpose of this essay is directly meant more for people like you, then for people like me. Clearly you don't get it. Even after 4-1/2 following 9-11. The Islamic world and the Muslim people aren't our friends! What's it gonna take for you to realize whats happening in the world today. Do you need another 9-11 style attack on the US homeland to wake you up?
But, aren't they Muslims? Whats the point of wasting our time helping them? at least thats the question i raise if you believe in the broad brush.
Well, maybe a bigger brush is needed. The little brush we've been using (it's just one fundamentalist sect) seems to be too small.
I'm not for calling all muslims 'the enemy', but it's starting to look (from the extent of the rioting) as if the problem is alot bigger than on "fundamentalist sect".
You have it right.
They will deal with us so long as it is in their interests. They will try to use us against their fellow Muslims. The pure fanatics are a minority and the majority will follow them only so long as they are successful.
You can find examples, but they are very few and far in between. What makes it worse is that since it's within their religion to lie to unbelievers, it's hard to judge whether they are honest or not.
The deafening silence in the American muslim world is hard to miss.
Although it's necessary to be realistic about who our enemies are, it's also important not to link our attacks based specifically and entirely on an individuals religion.
I would say that this could and should justifiably be used as a profile to help identify enemies of our country.
There are muslims who are capitalists and who believe in a democratic government.
There are muslims fighting in the US Armed forces in this war.
Yoy are correct, it is a "broad brush". Another word for it is "historical view". Somebody has to be allowed to do it, no? While you're looking at the trees, she's looking at the forrest. Mark Helprin is another analyst who takes a broad view and makes strategic recommendations (duly ignored by the present administration.) I suggest that you look up his essays. On the other hand, V.S.Naipaul looks at the trees (he published two books about his travels among the Muslims) and reaches rather pessimistic conclusions as well.
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Good essay too.