Edwards has been foolish enough to suggest that the War on Terror is just a “bumper sticker slogan“. I wonder if the folks in London and Glasgow agree? This is a real war against a real and dedicated enemy.
Who is the enemy?
Islam. Call it radical Islam if you want. That is most definitely the more politically correct term. I have rejected that phraseology. Nearly every hot-spot in the world has some connection to Muslims. What do the Balkans, the Northern Caucasus mountains, East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, and the Middle East all have in common? Militant Islamic activity is the answer. Islam is only a “religion of peace” if everyone is a Muslim. Even then it’s not that peaceful. Anybody remember the Iran/Iraq war from the ’80s?
In yesterday’s on-line version of London’s Daily Mail an interesting story was published. The writer was Hassan Butt; a self-proclaimed “former radical Islamist.” Here’s a taste of the article:
When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network – a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology – I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.
By blaming the Government for our actions, those who pushed this “Blair’s bombs” line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.
The entire article is linked here, but please re-read that last sentence one more time: “More important, they also helped draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.” (emphasis added)
You may call them radical if you wish. In a sense they are radical; radically faithful to their religion; a religion which demands that infidels (unbelievers) submit. The submission can happen in one of two ways. First, the infidels can convert. The other option is to live as a Dhimmi – a non-Muslin who is governed in accordance with Islamic law but is regarded as legally and socially inferior.
The War on Terror is not just a slogan. Disagree all you want with how our leaders have conducted the war thus far, but war has been made on us; whether we like it or not.