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Jewish World Review July 17, 2006 / 21 Tamuz, 5766

America, land of the free and stomping ground of the Muslim terrorists

By Diana West


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was supposed to go to New York City this week and found myself making travel arrangements on July 11, the latest blood-red letter day of jihadist infamy. That was when bombers struck in Bombay, killing over 200 people and wounding more than 700 rush-hour commuters just trying to get home for dinner. I decided to fly.


But was that the best (read: safest) way to go? The plot to blow up Manhattan's Holland Tunnel had this same week been "disrupted," as they say, so maybe driving a car before another plot was cooked up was the better bet. But since not even the Department of Homeland Security could "disrupt" the heavy traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, I still decided to fly.


Then again, aviation news was hardly confidence-building. The Houston Chronicle reported that a man with "a Middle Eastern name" and, as one airport screener put it, "all the components" of a bomb except for the explosives (a 9-volt battery taped to an alarm clock, a copy of the Koran and "gutted out" shoes) was somehow cleared to fly the friendly skies by a local policeman. Which sounds nuts. And while the cop involved has been transferred to a desk job, that's no relief.


That's because this is just life as we know it, and worse, life as we expect to know it in America, land of the free and stomping ground of the Islamic terrorist. Frankly, I hardly recognize the old place. The home of the brave becomes something else when "brave" constitutes booking that domestic flight, taking that commuter train and sitting like ducks wondering whether we'll reach our destination in one piece — unlike the hundreds of innocents in Bombay. An Indian railway laborer made the carnage vivid to The Washington Post: "We collected scattered limbs with our own hands and put them in bundles and sent them to [the] hospital."


Noting the ensuing security upsurge in American cities, Islamic expert Robert Spencer wrote the following at his must-read Web site, JihadWatch.org: "This is the effect of terror, and this is just what the terrorists want that effect to be. It ties up their enemies' time and money, and it strikes fear in their hearts, in accordance with the Qur'an: 'Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly (8:60).' "


Mr. Spencer continued: "Of course, from the infidels' standpoint all anti-terror measures must be undertaken. But they should be accompanied by a strength of will that realizes that it is precisely fear and the loss of the will to resist that the jihadists are ultimately hoping to bring about."


He's right. The will to resist is indeed the target of jihadists from India to Israel, from New York City to London. But, as Mr. Spencer would undoubtedly agree, security measures alone — walking through metal detectors (in our socks), submitting our belongings to random searches — don't constitute policy. They don't solve the problem of global jihad: the war of terrorism. At best, security measures thwart acts of terrorism — and thank goodness — but only for another day, another trip, another short hop home.


Besides the will to resist, then, we need the knowledge to resist — the knowledge that there is in the religion of Islam itself the historical, inexorable and driving force behind what the entire non-Muslim world is now experiencing as jihad terror. Whether most Muslims wouldn't hurt a fly is an increasingly irrelevant footnote to the hostile aggression of other Muslims who, in a very short time, have actually transformed civilization as we used to know it.


If the will to resist allows us to manage the threat of violence, the will to connect the dots would compel us to eliminate it. How? By carefully examining and — I would hope, reconsidering and reversing — through foreign, domestic and immigration initiatives, what should now be seen, gimlet-eyed, as the Islamization of the non- Islamic world. Such an assessment, however, is all too vulnerable to catcall-attacks of "bigotry," even "Nazism" — a deceptively inverted assault given the doctrinal bigotry and similarities to Nazism historically promulgated by the Islamic creed.


But it's something to think about this summer — on a vacation trip.

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