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Enough of Radical Islam
Creators Syndicate ^ | December 3, 2008 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 12/03/2008 8:08:58 AM PST by UltraConservative

Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isn't at war with terrorism any more than it is at war with grenades. Western civilization is at war with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim communities all over the world. Militant Islam isn't a tiny minority of otherwise good-hearted Muslims. It's a dominant strain of evil that runs rampant in a population of well over 1 billion.

Enough with the psychoanalysis. They don't hate us because of Israel. They don't hate us because of Kashmir. They don't hate us because we have troops in Saudi Arabia or because we deposed Saddam Hussein. They don't hate us because of Britney Spears. They hate us because we are infidels, and because we don't plan on surrendering or providing them material aid in their war of aggressive expansion.

Enough with the niceties. We don't lose our souls when we treat our enemies as enemies. We don't undermine our principles when we post more police officers in vulnerable areas, or when we send Marines to kill bad guys, or when we torture terrorists for information. And we don't redeem ourselves when we close Guantanamo Bay or try terrorists in civilian courts or censor anti-Islam comics. When it comes to war, extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Enough with the words. Talking with Iran without wielding the threat of force, either economic or military, won't help. Appealing to the United Nations, run by thugs and dictators ranging from Putin to Chavez to Ahmadinejad, is an exercise in pathetic futility. Evil countries don't suddenly decide to abandon their evil goals -- they are forced to do so by pressure and circumstance.

Enough with the faux allies. We don't gain anything by pretending that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are true allies. They aren't. At best, they are playing both sides of the table. We ought to be drilling now in order to break OPEC. Building windmills isn't going to cut it. We should also be backing India to the hilt in its current conflict with Pakistan -- unless Pakistan can destroy its terrorist element, India should be given full leeway to do what it needs to do. Russia and China, meanwhile, are facilitating anti-Western terrorism. Treating them as friends in this global war is simply begging for a backstabbing.

Enough with the myths. Not everyone on earth is crying out for freedom. There are plenty of people who are happy in their misery, believing that their suffering is part and parcel of a correct religious system. Those people direct their anger outward, targeting unbelievers. We cannot simply knock off dictators and expect indoctrinated populations to rise to the liberal democratic challenge. The election of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is more a rule than an exception in the Islamic world.

Enough with the lies. Stop telling us that Islam is a religion of peace. If it is, prove it through action. Stop telling us that President-elect Barack Obama will fix our broken relationship with the Muslim world. They hate Obama just as much as they hated President George W. Bush, although they think Obama is more of a patsy than Bush was. Stop telling us that we shouldnt worry about the Islamic infiltration of our economy. If the Saudis own a large chunk of our banking institutions and control the oil market, they can certainly leverage their influence in dangerous ways.

Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane downed in Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks in Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in Tunisia, the LAX shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca attacks, the Turkey synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings, and the repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai massacres -- among literally thousands of others -- it's about time that the West got the point: we're in a war. Our enemies are determined. They will not quit just because we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera CDs, or even the freedom to vote. They will not quit just because we ensure that they have Korans in their Guantanamo cells, or because we offer to ban The Satanic Verses (as India did). They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.

So enough. No more empty talk. No more idle promises. No more happy ignorance, half measures, or appeasement-minded platitudes. The time for hard-nosed, uncompromising action hasn't merely come -- it's been overdue by seven years. The voice of our brothers' blood cries out from the ground.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; jihad; mumbai; shapiro; terrorism
Best single statement on the war we're waging.
1 posted on 12/03/2008 8:08:58 AM PST by UltraConservative
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To: UltraConservative
“Western civilization is at war with militant Islam”

Wrong. Much of western civilization is on the same side as militant Islam. Militant Islam is at war with Christianity.

2 posted on 12/03/2008 8:14:00 AM PST by ryan71
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To: UltraConservative

Works for me.


3 posted on 12/03/2008 8:14:12 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (I'll give Obama the same amount of respect the left gave Bush)
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To: UltraConservative

I agree. But our politicians either don’t know what to do about it or they are cowards. India may just show them how to handle the terrorists. The Afgans and Iraqi’s will go back to the muslim world and their way of doing things when we leave the theater. We may as well bring everyone home, refit and retrain for what is coming. Our job now is to take care of our country and let the middle east do what it will and we will answer the way we must.


4 posted on 12/03/2008 8:16:41 AM PST by RC2 (Where is Obama's Birth Certifacte?)
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To: UltraConservative

I agree with everything here. but we don’t need to kill them. All we need to do is completely destroy that big black square marble called the Kabaah and level the Grand Mosque.


5 posted on 12/03/2008 8:22:31 AM PST by petconservative (If the earth had a owner, and we were the tenants, we'd have been evicted by now....)
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To: UltraConservative

There are no "moderate" muslims....they're ALL radical.

6 posted on 12/03/2008 8:26:15 AM PST by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
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To: UltraConservative

This goes to my biggest criticism of President Bush. He failed to educate us and the world on the war we were entering. He let the left co-opt the terms - the language - of the conflict. The president started out to go in that direction; his early speeches and comments talked about a long war that was global in scope. But something changed his thinking. Don’t get me wrong: I have been and still am a supporter of Dubya. However, by vitue of his office, he was the only person who could have done this educating.


7 posted on 12/03/2008 8:28:17 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: UltraConservative
We ought to be drilling now in order to break OPEC.

Breaking OPEC ought to be a standard, consistent foriegn policy goal of the United States. Drying up their supply of money is like bombing railroads and factories in WW2. Now would be the time to do it, while low demand has run the prices down. Also we need nuclear energy. If the French can do it, surely we can too.

8 posted on 12/03/2008 8:31:35 AM PST by Funee Kat
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To: petconservative

Destroying the symbols does not eliminate their ideas.

To eliminate their ideas is to defeat them militarily, economically and then philosophically.

Offer them the same choice they offer us.....convert away from islam or death.


9 posted on 12/03/2008 8:31:41 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Never underestimate the ability of a liberal to deny reality and attempt to change the rules to do s)
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To: UltraConservative

“They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.”

As usual no explanation as to exactly how we wipe out all Muslims without also killing millions of non-Muslims, including a fair number of Americans. Get back to us when you’ve developed a Muslim bomb or virus.

And the U.S. alone drilling isn’t going to break OPEC, not even close.


10 posted on 12/03/2008 8:34:55 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: UltraConservative

Someday, somehow, maybe, just maybe, we’ll come to this ultimate conclusion. But many thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, will have died in the interim while “we” figure it out;

Not that there’s really anything to figure out. Any idiot could figure it out. It’s strictly an equivocal internal “PC” dialog we carry on. The equivocality of the internal dialog is only one step less fatal than the acts of the jihadists themselves. It isn’t armed. In effect, we alternate between appeasing our internal dialog and appeasing our external enemy. Both are losing strategies.


11 posted on 12/03/2008 8:35:10 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Our government is an edifice of artifice.)
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To: UltraConservative

The voice of our brother’s blood will have to keep crying out from the ground for at least another four years, and any notion that our multicultural politicians, from either side, will ever allow honesty to effect policy towards fighting Islam’s evil, is wishful thinking. It isn’t going to happen. The war on terror is like the war on drugs. It is a political tool, something our politicians use to play with people’s emotions, rallying them together or setting them against each other. Wars on things aren’t meant to be won. They feed the government beast one bite after another of the Constitution and our freedoms. When you hear the phrase war on... stop there and add the word liberty. You’ll be right every time. ...Islamic oppression will end when Armageddon is over, and Christ comes with his Kingdom.


12 posted on 12/03/2008 8:36:13 AM PST by pallis
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To: UltraConservative
They hate Obama just as much as they hated President George W. Bush, although they think Obama is more of a patsy than Bush was.

The PC police still believe that making nice with the enemy will solve the problem. Idiots. Try telling that to Britain after Chamberlain's tete-a-tete with Hitler during the 30's. Things are no different now with Islam. The Book of Swords says that, if you're not a Muslim, you should be dead. That's their belief, that's their goal, and if you think otherwise, you're a fool.

13 posted on 12/03/2008 8:37:50 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Funee Kat

We “created” OPEC and we need to start drilling now to bring about its demise. The only problem: Pelosi and the Democrats.


14 posted on 12/03/2008 8:39:44 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: UltraConservative

Enough of ISLAM, period.


15 posted on 12/03/2008 8:46:02 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: UltraConservative

“Young Ben nailed it” bump.


16 posted on 12/03/2008 8:47:40 AM PST by Sans-Culotte
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To: econjack

> The PC police still believe that making nice with the enemy will solve the problem. Idiots.

Ever tried to make nice with a bully? We all know that it just doesn’t work: he’s still going to pick on you and slap you around. Making nice to him just makes it easier to bully you.

It is axiomatic: if you want to Christianize a bully so that he never ever picks on you again, you have to hurt him so bad that he cries blood. That ain’t easy, and not everybody can do it alone. Sometimes it takes all the weaklings to gang up — 20-to-1 even — find the bully and swarm on him en-masse, with dire warnings and promises that it will happen again and again unless he amends his ways.

However the bully is attended to, it needs to be memorable and frightening so that he wakes up in the middle of the night in abject terror from the nightmare of the experience. He must never want to go back to bullying.

If you can get that far, you’ve won. At least with that bully: onto the next.

As with bullies, so it is with the enemy we fight today.


17 posted on 12/03/2008 8:49:36 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: UltraConservative

Bookmark for later reading.


18 posted on 12/03/2008 8:59:00 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: UltraConservative

Fine ... but the author forgot to mention that OUR leaders answer to public opinion. THEIR leaders have NO such accountability .. they can and DO act independently of all and any higher or exterior authority.


19 posted on 12/03/2008 9:03:18 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: UltraConservative

Actually, we are at war with Sharia law, and the attempt to impose it by force on the world outside of the benighted Muslim lands.


20 posted on 12/03/2008 9:08:13 AM PST by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
I agree. I recall the (unproven) story about an army general in the Philippines fighting Muslim rebels who captured 50 of them, executed all but 1. He covered the bodies with pig's blood, entrails, and pig carcasses and then buried them. He let the one Muslim go to tell the others that they would receive the same fate should they be caught. The insurrection ended.

This is the kind of nastiness that has to be done to stop this, but the US people lack the stones to do what needs to be done. And without backing by the people, the politicians have even less of a spine for what needs to be done.

21 posted on 12/03/2008 9:08:28 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: UltraConservative
The time for hard-nosed, uncompromising action hasn't merely come -- it's been overdue by seven years.

President Bush, along with Condoleeza Rice and others on his team, undertook the challenge of Islam and the middle-east, when they decided to try to topple Saddam and his rule back in 2002.

However, back then, Bush and company decided to hide his true intentions by using excuses such as WMDs and Saddam's threats to the neighboring countries.

The war in Iraq and on Saddam was intended to try to change the entire dynamics in the middle-east by establishing a democratic foot-hold in the area. The belief was back then that, democracies do not attack neighbors and do not start wars, and that once one country was established as a working democracy, others in the region might be tempted as well to follow the example.

The middle-east has not had a lasting peace for thousands of years. Only when the entire dynamics of the region, perhaps even including the elimination of Islam as a religion, will the region start on the way towards long-lasting peace.
22 posted on 12/03/2008 9:09:27 AM PST by adorno
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To: UltraConservative

Bravo to this guy!

He says in refreshing plain language what time it is and what needs to be done.

Let’s roll.......


23 posted on 12/03/2008 9:20:04 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: ryan71
You (and many others, too) need to understand the following.

This is a war of civilizations; moreover, it is The War of civilizations: a battle between light and darkness, freedom and slavery, knowledge and ignorance. That many people in the West have not yet figured this out, or come to accept it, or are afraid of the truth, is immaterial.

In fact, Western Civilization as we have known it has been abandoned by significant segments of the population who still enjoy its benefits. Radical Islam is not merely targeting Christians, but all "infidels": Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists as well, regardless of whether they still accept the value and superiority of their native culture.

The Islamists do not care whether we still honor our own faiths or respect our own culture; as long as we do not accept theirs, we must be eliminated or converted. The "Religion of Peace" is in reality a Religion of Submission, and it means to impose its will by force, just as it always has.

24 posted on 12/03/2008 9:24:50 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Liberty has few friends, many enemies, and no adequate substitute.)
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To: UltraConservative
Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane downed in Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks in Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in Tunisia, the LAX shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca attacks, the Turkey synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings, and the repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai massacres — among literally thousands of others

— it's about time that the West got the point: we're in a war. Our enemies are determined. They will not quit just because we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera CDs, or even the freedom to vote. They will not quit just because we ensure that they have Korans in their Guantanamo cells, or because we offer to ban The Satanic Verses (as India did). They will only quit ...

They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.”
__________________________________________________________

Too true. For real. This is exactly how it is.

We are ___________ fill in the blank; if we do not realize and accept the facts/truth. To our own destruction.

25 posted on 12/03/2008 9:27:35 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Religion of Submission

the ‘progressives’ have sooo much in common with them


26 posted on 12/03/2008 9:33:50 AM PST by griswold3
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To: RasterMaster

“There are no “moderate” muslims....they’re ALL radical.”

The so-called “moderate” Muslims are the “non-uniformed combatants” of Islamic jihad.

One doesn’t need a weapon in order to “support the troops”.

- John


27 posted on 12/03/2008 9:35:29 AM PST by Fishrrman
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To: ryan71

The left sides with Islam in its fight against the truth of Christianity.

They are working for the same “father”.


John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.


28 posted on 12/03/2008 9:38:18 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: griswold3
the ‘progressives’ have sooo much in common with them

So they think. Wait until they find out that Godless hedonists are first on the Muslim hit list.

29 posted on 12/03/2008 9:39:38 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Liberty has few friends, many enemies, and no adequate substitute.)
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To: UltraConservative

Mr. Shapiro nailed it big-time!


30 posted on 12/03/2008 10:02:09 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (RINO = Big government, blue blood, country club Vichy Republicans)
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To: UltraConservative; HollyB
They don't hate us because of Britney Spears.

Though I must admit that BS is one of the two acceptable reasons for hating the US. The other is Paris Hilton
31 posted on 12/03/2008 10:10:51 AM PST by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delenda est)
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To: gracesdad

The way to do it is to nukeMecca and Medina. once that is done, the entire edifice crumbles.


32 posted on 12/03/2008 10:12:59 AM PST by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delenda est)
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To: UltraConservative

Yep: Islamofascism is the great evil of today with the Rooskies, Chinese, and Chavez coming near the top of bad guys. Will Obama stand against them all? That is also the big question. As to Muslims here in the USA; unless they denounce all Islamofascist terrorists, they are not , not, not good American citizens and they do not mean PEACE.


33 posted on 12/03/2008 10:26:54 AM PST by phillyfanatic ( iT)
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