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Jewish World Review
Sept. 6, 2006
/ 13 Elul, 5766
A post-9/11 vocabulary test
What have you learned since the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago? The mass
murder of 2,996 innocent people on American soil forced open my eyes to the
Islamic holy war against the West, freedom, and modernity. The battle has
raged not for years or decades, but for centuries well before the Crusades
The indelible sight of workers plunging from the Twin Towers head first,
feet first, solo, hand-in-hand roused me from slumber. The photos of
children who were incinerated on United Airlines Flight 175 and American
Airlines Flight 77 compelled me to start paying attention to the beliefs,
goals, language, and lies of those who would gladly kill my children the
same way. The Flight 93 hijackers' final exclamations as they drove the
plane into the ground is a Muslim warrior leitmotif I will never again
ignore: "Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!"
So, how much do you know? Take a post-9/11 pop quiz. It's never too late to
start pulling your head from the sand:
Jihadis. These are our enemies--from Mohammed Atta and company to the
Butchers of Beslan, to the throat-slitters in Karachi and Baghdad and
Mindanao, to the bombers of Bali, Madrid, and London, to their funders and
imams and enablers worldwide. They are not "freedom fighters" or "militants"
or "rebels" or "evildoers" of unknown geographic and religious affiliation.
Apologists claim "jihad" means a peaceful Muslim striving for spiritual
perfection. But the late Ayatollah Khomeini rebuked Religion of Peace
propagandists back in 1942: "Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that
Islam counsels against war. Those (who say this) are witless."
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Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish, an ex-Muslim whose father founded the terrorist
Fedayeen in Gaza and killed 400 Israelis, had her own recent rejoinder for
the p.c. whitewashers who have redefined jihad as a kinder, gentler
struggle: "In the Arab world we were only taught one meaning for Jihad, and
that is: A religious holy war against infidels and armed struggle against
anyone who is not a Moslem."
- Infidels/Kafirs. Anyone who is not a Muslim.
- Sharia. This is the set of Islamic legal principles and traditions that
our enemies seek to impose on us. It's a path that leads inexorably to the
subjugation of women, stoning of adulterers, "honor killings" of rape
victims, bans on beauty pageants, cinema, and the viewing of soccer matches,
death threats against authors, filmmakers, cartoonists, and apostates who
renounce Islam, and calls for beheadings of all who insult their faith.
- Caliphate. A Muslim world government ruled according to sharia. It is
what American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn envisions in his latest "Convert or die"
propaganda video when he asserts "Islam is the only religion acceptable to
God" and "God recognizes no separation between religion and state." It is
the dream not just of Osama bin Laden, but of Islamic imperialists
- Taqiyya. Religious deception. Jihadists are taught in al Qaeda training
manuals to lie. To fabricate tales about how their captors treat them (see
Gitmo). To lie in claiming "There is no compulsion in religion" while
forcing conversions at gunpoint (see the "Holy Jihad Brigades" conversion
video starring Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig). To
conceal their true mission (see hijackers' visa applications). Dissimulation
for the sake of Islam is sanctioned by the Koran.
- Dhimmitude. The official state of inferiority of non-Muslims under Islam;
the bowing and scraping of vanquished infidels to their intellectual and
military conquerors. You saw it in the immediate post-9/11 appeasement of
Muslims angered by the name "Operation Infinite Justice" (it was an insult
to Mohammed). You saw it in the cowards of the mainstream media unwilling to
defend free speech during the Mohammed cartoon rage. You saw it in the
mau-mauing over the faked Koran-flushings at Camp Delta. You see it in our
government's persistent pandering to grievance-mongering groups yelling
"Islamophobia" and filing lawsuits at every turn.
You see it in the refusal to profile at the airport, limit immigration from
terrorist-enabling countries, and shut down Saudi pilot training
programs even to this day for fear of hurting feelings. You will see it
throughout the week-long commemoration of 9/11 as pundits and scholars
deemphasize the jihadi roots of the terrorist attacks in favor of "dialogue"
and "tolerance" and self-flagellation.
Submitting to ignorance is submitting to defeat. Honor the victims of 9/11
by making a pledge: "I will not submit."
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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