We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.
14 years later America has lost whatever martial spirit we had in the aftermath of the the attacks on September 11, 2001. Ann Coulter’s now infamous quotation expressed exactly what we felt for a few short weeks after 19 Muslims, doing exactly what their religion commanded, killed 246 people on four planes, 2,606 people in the World Trade Centers, and 125 people at the Pentagon. But soon after the horrific events of that day we were inundated with the patently false assertion that these men did not act in accordance with the tenets of Islam, that they were renegades, that Islam was a “Religion of Peace.” That, obviously, is risible, and should have been mocked mercilessly until it was never heard again, other than as a punch line.
But it wasn’t, and it crept into every official statement, every NY Times article, every long analysis of the rise of militant Islam, and most dangerously, the rules of engagement that governed the conduct of our armed forces. It also insidiously changed the mindset of the country, most obviously in New York City. We shifted from the anger of a nation that had been attacked and desperately wanted to fight back into a grieving nation that questioned every attack, every wayward bullet, every drone strike. Because if Islam was a Religion of Peace, then who were we to attack peace loving Muslims? We must be the evildoers that progressivism has been claiming, that world Socialism has been claiming, that the morally superior Eurotrash have been claiming.
New York City took it to new depths though….at once mourning those who were killed, rejecting any sense of anger and desire for retribution, wallowing in its victim-hood, and then inviting the scorpion for one more trip across the river. Remember the Islamic Center to be built quite literally in the shadow of the destroyed WTC?
The photograph above is of United States Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 29, 2008, during Operation Enduring Freedom. They are doing what United States Marines have been trained to do for more than 200 years: killing people and breaking things. We need to return to that ideal. Killing our enemies is not an uncivilized thing….it is in fact quite the opposite. Civilizations that do not kill their enemies are subsumed by the evil of the world, losing all that makes them civilized.
The first step must be the categorical rejection of the concept that Islam is anything other than a violent, militaristic, revolutionary political philosophy that uses a cobbled-together religion to drive its adherents. Islam is what it does, and what it does is evil. Orwell was prescient — the manipulation of language is a powerful tool, and Islam and its apologists use it well. How can we win a war that we do not even admit is being fought, against an opponent whose name we cannot utter?
The second step follows organically from the first; confront militant Islam at every opportunity, with every weapon at our disposal. Does anyone believe that the destruction of militant Islam now would be worse than an existential fight for the survival of the West in 50 years? Or even worse, the wholesale destruction of the West by an ascendent Islam in control of the nuclear forces of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and, if the demographics hold true, a Muslim Russia?