Thursday, December 31, 2009

Who is at War with America?

John R. Houk
© December 31, 2009

Newt Gingrich takes a surprising stand about al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist Abdulmutallab and Homeland Security. I found it surprising because the title of his article is supremely politically incorrect: On Terrorism it's Time to Know, to Profile, and to Discriminate.

It’s Time to know. What are we supposed to know?

We need to awaken to the fact that the purist proponents of Islam advocate the violent example of their prophet Mohammed to force non-Muslims to submit to Islam (which should have the politically incorrect name which is closer to its founder’s name – thus Mohammedanism).

It’s time to profile. Who should we profile?

The essence of America represents everything antithetical to Islam. Islam calls for intolerance of everything not Islamic. Hence women are inferior and absolutely subordinate to male family members. There is no free speech in which the content may be offensive to Mohammed, Islam or Allah. Hence advocating another ideology or religion in an Islamic nation could be either a capital crime or a community enforcement of death. No dissent to the rules of Shariah will be tolerated even though some Muslim nations do not institute some of the vilest rules of Shariah. I suspect the cutting off of a hand for theft is not observed in Egypt or Jordan. Yet it does happen in Saudi Arabia. A victim that is raped is subject to a whipping in Saudi Arabia. Whoever is found guilty of a capital crime in Saudi Arabia is subject to execution by beheading (which could be public). Adultery is punishable by stoning in Iran. The one stoned is more often the female than the male. This is on and on with the heinous practices of purist Islam in Shariah.

American authorities need to understand purist Islam and profile those that practice it as probable terrorists or homegrown subversives who seek the end of America the home of free and the land of the brave.

I am all about Freedom of Religion BUT purist Islam has NO place in America. Discriminate against advocates of purist Islam.

It is one thing to know about purist Islam. It is shaky ground to profile and discriminate a religion in America. It has become part of the American DNA to honor everyone’s choice of a religion or lack thereof. Many of the first people to colonize America were Christians fleeing religious restrictions imposed on non-State Church practitioners.

It took awhile for America to warm up to the idea of religions outside the traditional principles of Christianity. Although Jews had a better time of it in America than Europe, there was still early discrimination. Christian offshoot religions like Mormonism as an example, found intolerant discrimination for years. Yet here America is in the 21st century and discrimination of Judaism and Mormonism is rare occurrence. {I am not Mormon friendly however I believe one is a Latter Day Saint has the right to do be so. Mormon’s are not a threat to the American way of life. Promote America and are patriots.)

Sadly there are those who would still execute violence acts toward non-Christians however it is a practice that is considered heinous today.

Shucks my fellow Americans crazy cults that program the minds of their membership which may lead to dangerous practices of denial of medical aid or the demand for large chunks of one’s personal possessions or expects behavior of members that would be abhorrent to mainstream American society often is grudgingly protected by religious freedom inherent in the First Amendment.

Most of the Christian off-shoot cults and/or legitimate religions are usually very supportive of American Constitutional law for therein is protection from discrimination. Contrast this with purist Islam as espoused by Saudi style Wahhabi or Muslim Brotherhood or Salafist Islam which has the goal of overthrowing the U.S. Constitution to replace it with the rule of law inherent with Islamic Shariah. (Just a side note: CAIR subscribes to Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood ideology.)

Any ideology that calls for the end of American Constitutional protections has no place in America whether it is atheistic Communism or purist Islam.

I am guessing a person of Newt Gingrich’s stature would not be as specific as I have been. He still has too much to lose in an America still dominated by political correctness. Although I am certain Gingrich would deny this but I certain he would echo with better specificity if he felt free enough to do so.

Understand this: Purist Islam is at war with America. It is a war to terminate the American Way of life. When does America eschew political correctness and develop a coherent strategy that knows who our enemy is?

JRH 12/31/09
On Terrorism it's Time to Know, to Profile, and to Discriminate

By Newt Gingrich
Human Events

After the Christmas Day near disaster in Detroit, it is time for Americans to demand effective anti-terrorist actions.

Over eight years after 9/11 and 30 years after the Iranian illegal seizure of the United States embassy and the 444 day Iranian hostage crisis, Washington is still avoiding being intellectually honest about the war we are in.

Our Politically Correct Government is Making Life More Miserable For the Innocent

America is long overdue for a serious global strategy that includes targeting threats such as the terrorist killer at Fort Hood, the individuals recently arrested in Detroit, Denver and New York, and the five Americans detained in Pakistan.

The scale, persistence and sophistication of the enemy requires an honesty, a clarity, and a scale appropriate to the response.

Once again, instead of targeting the source of the threats, our politically correct government decides to make life more miserable for the travelling public by imposing hopelessly meaningless rules such as not allowing passengers to leave their seats in the last hour of the flight. Bound by cultural sensitivities, the default reaction of the bureaucracy is to review the procedures and wring its hands ineffectively.

Today, because our elites fear politically incorrect honesty, they believe that it is better to harass the innocent, delay the harmless, and risk the lives of every American than to do the obvious, the effective, and the necessary.

It’s Time to Be Honest About What We Know

Before a lot more Americans are killed we must acquire the courage to tell the truth and to act on that truth.

It is time to be honest about what we know.

We know our opponents are radical extremists of the irreconcilable wing of Islam (Islamists, some would call them).

We know they have an ideology which is anti-female, desires to impose fundamentalist Sharia as a form of law, is hostile to other religions and is prepared to kill the innocent to achieve their goals.

We know how to identify these enemies but our elites have refused to do so.

Protecting the Rights of Terrorists Has Been More Important than Protecting the Lives of Americans

In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans.

That must now change decisively.

It is time to know more about would-be terrorists, to profile for terrorists and to actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information.

The United States should track down the owners of every website that promotes terrorism and systematically root them out. It should be as dangerous to a person promoting terrorism as it is to execute an act of terrorism.

The same should apply to the electronic communications of every known radical (and using these communications to track down every unknown radical).

The United States Must Actively Root Out Every Terrorist Website

The people behind these websites should be barred from getting a U.S. visa if not in the United States (concurrently, we should make it easier -- not harder -- for non-terrorists to get visas because we want to encourage the law abiding while discriminating against the potential terrorist).

An integrated data base for threats should have been expected, we now learn that it does not exist. This must be fixed.

It should be reasonable for the flying public to have expected that when the Nigerian terrorist's father reported he was going to a terrorist training camp he should automatically have been barred from getting a visa and from flying into the United States.

We Need a “Grand National Strategy” That is Bigger Than the Debate Over Afghanistan

The emergence of Yemen as the new planning, equipping, and training center for terrorism should remind us we need a worldwide "grand national strategy" (to use the World War II term) that is far bigger than our current debate over Afghanistan.

Americans should also note that ABC News is reporting that two of the plotters to blow the Amsterdam to Detroit flight out of the air were released from Guantanamo in 2007, attended an “art rehabilitation program” in Saudi Arabia, were released and took up senior leadership positions in al Qaeda in Yemen. Americans should also know that nearly half of the remaining detainees in Guantanamo are from Yemen.

The recent arrest of five Americans in Pakistan and the report there are 25 British citizens training to be bombers in Yemen should remind us this is a global war.

Moreover, the report that 74 Guantanamo detainees who have been released are back in the war trying to kill Americans should stop any further effort to close Guantanamo or to release terrorists.

The New Honesty Should End Any Thought of a Civilian Trial in New York for KSM

This new honesty about the threat should end any thought of a civilian trial in New York for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad with its dangers for exposing American intelligence information. All terrorists including would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should be tried in military tribunals as part of a serious war strategy.

The Attorney General and every Justice Department appointee whose law firms provided pro bono counsel for terrorists should be fired and replaced with lawyers who believe the lives of Americans are more important than the rights of terrorists.

The United States must have a policy of effective interrogation to understand our enemies and disrupt their planned attacks (read Marc Thiessen’s column from yesterday).

We Need a New Homeland Security Secretary Who Knows We Need a New Strategy

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's claim that the Detroit bomber was allowed to board a plan with explosives hidden in his underwear proved the system worked is proof we need a new Homeland Security Secretary who knows we need a new strategy and a new focus.

These are the first steps toward defeating the extremists.

We should take them before there is a tragic attack that kills a lot of people.

We have been warned. Again.

Will we now act?

Your friend,

Newt Gingrich


Who is at War with America?
John R. Houk
© December 31, 2009

On Terrorism it's Time to Know, to Profile, and to Discriminate
Mr. Gingrich is the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and author of "Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works" and "Winning the Future" (published by Regnery, a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

Copyright © 2009 HUMAN EVENTS. All Rights Reserved.

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