Exclusive: Know Your Enemy
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: July 27, 2007
Do you recall when Harry Belafonte referred to the worst attack on the American homeland as "mischief?" FSM Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin argues that as 9/11 retreats into the past, Americans have become dangerously complacent. To heighten security, what must we learn?
Know Your Enemy
By Tom McLaughlin
Our Islamofascist enemies know us better than we know them. They know they're in a long war against us, but too many Americans don't realize we're even at war. Not really. For many of us the two biggest theaters of the war, Afghanistan and Iraq, are little more than inconveniences - unless you have a friend or loved one there. Then you know it's a real war. An increasing percentage of Americans just want it all to stop. Our Islamofascist enemies understand this and that's their advantage.
What's even worse is that our enemies know us better than we know ourselves. The "us" and the "we" I'm referring to here are people who comprise what used to be called "Western Civilization." If you're old enough to remember the courses you took way back in high school or college called "Western Civ I" and "Western Civ II" - the courses which have since been expunged at leftist campuses (which most are) - then you know I'm referring to Western Europe, the United States, Australia, Canada, etc. Islamofascists are enemies of Western Civilization. They want to take over the whole world and make it Muslim - and they're willing to die in the process. Very few westerners understand this. It's not a secret - they've declared it over and over in fatwas, in the mosques and in the madrassas - but they know westerners are so busy celebrating diversity and multiculturalism, they cannot fathom that Islamofascists seek worldwide monoculturalism.
Our enemies see us as the once-mighty coalition that won World War I, World War II and the Cold War, but has become soft, decadent, salacious, satanic and lacking will to fight. They believe they can defeat us because they believe they defeated the godless Soviet Union in Afghanistan. It took an assemblage of radical Muslims from all over the Islamic world ten years to do it, but they did and they watched the USSR disintegrate right afterward. Critics claim radical Islam's victory was due to the weakened state of the Soviet Union at the time more than the strength of radical Islam. But no matter - our enemies believe it was Allah's will that prevailed over the godless communists because Muslims practiced Jihad there, and they expect the same result in their war against the West.
They know Western Europe and the United Nations are paper tigers. After they attacked the United States on September 11th, they were surprised when we counter-attacked and took over Afghanistan in a few weeks - and did it from the other side of the world after the ten-year Soviet effort failed from right next door. The even quicker defeat of Iraq shocked them again and we had them on their heels. The Libyans started kissing up to us - the Lebanese and Egyptians too. Syria and Iran were isolated as terror-sponsoring states.
Radical Muslims stuck to their plan though, believing that Americans had no stomach for a long conflict. They expected leftist Democrats to undercut the American people's confidence in their commander-in-chief just as they did in Vietnam. Our enemies knew they could parade the Palestinians as Muslim, poster-child victims of Western "imperialism" perpetrated by Israelis and Americans that and leftist Democrats would lap it up. They knew the American left hated its military and that hatred could be exploited just at the Vietnamese communists exploited it through leftist stooges like Jane Fonda and John Kerry. Our enemies knew that if they staged a demonstration, they could count on our liberal media to be there, to film angry Muslim young men burning American flags, and to lead with that footage on the evening news. They believed a steady diet of this would wear down American resolve and leftist Democrats in biennial elections would exploit that weariness. They believe we'll pull out of Iraq, just as we pulled out of Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia.
Are they right? It looks that way so far. Every candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination demands either an immediate pullout or a timetable for withdrawal. So do leftist Democrats in Congress. Does this encourage our enemies? Of course. Yet every leftist candidate insists (s)he supports our troops and withdrawal isn't defeat. It's "redeployment" - kind of like the old Three Stooges line: "Advance to the rear!" Americans who agree expect the result will be as it was in Vietnam - that the war would just stop for Americans, that there would be peace - in the US at least, and radical Muslims will just leave us alone too.
Leftist Democrats aren't quite ready to cut off funding for the Iraq war as they did for the Vietnam War, but they're getting closer. They're licking their fingers and holding them up in the wind. The leftward wind is a wayward wind, and it's picking up.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a teacher and columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his blog Tom McLaughlin Blog.
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