Category Archives: Islam

Calling evil by its name (and our enemies, too).

We all need to read Krauthammer, all the time. From his latest column:

“There’s a final reason the administration’s cowardice about identifying those trying to kill us cannot be allowed to pass. It is demoralizing. It trivializes the war between jihadi barbarism and Western decency, and diminishes the memory of those (including thousands of brave Muslims — Iraqi, Pakistani, Afghan and Western) who have died fighting it.”

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Obama’s “war on terror”

The term “war on terror” was absurd in its ambiguity – terror is a strategy or tactic, but certainly not an identifiable enemy – but Obama has jettisoned even that phrase to define his administration’s weak response to the threat posed by those who would murder us in the name of their religion.

“Islamists,” meaning those who embrace radical Islam and its political objectives, would have been a better word than “terrorists.” Not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all terrorists are Muslim, but it is the threat of radical Islam that is the principal terrorist threat to the United States of America and our interests. Now, the current administration can hardly acknowledge the existence of a terrorist threat, let alone its nature or origin.

I say this by way of preface to Charles Krauthammer‘s latest piece, Hollow Words on Terrorism. A few excerpts:

Napolitano renames terrorism “man-caused disasters.” Obama goes abroad and pledges to cleanse America of its post-9/11 counterterrorist sins. Hence, Guantanamo will close, CIA interrogators will face a special prosecutor, and Khalid Sheik Mohammed will bask in a civilian trial in New York — a trifecta of political correctness and image management.” ….

“If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator — no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.” ….

“Any government can through laxity let someone slip through the cracks. But a government that refuses to admit that we are at war, indeed, refuses even to name the enemy — jihadist is a word banished from the Obama lexicon — turns laxity into a governing philosophy.”

Why does President Obama refuse to see the threat for what it is?

UPDATE: 01/01/10, 11:51 a.m. CST: Politico: Ben Smith, Carol Lee:  Democrats’ worse nightmare: Terrorism on their watch

National Review Online, Mark Steyn: The Joke’s On Us

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US Intelligence knew about Hasan’s radicalism

ABC News reports that American intelligence agencies were aware that Nidal Malik Hasan had been attempting to contact al-Queda prior to carrying out a deadly massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. The FBI was apparently aware of his radical blog postings in defense of suicide bombings, and the Army had received multiple complaints from fellow soldiers about him.

Yet a day after the shooting, the President of the United States jumped to tell Americans not to “jump to conclusions” about the incident. This begs the question: Did President Obama know that Hasan had been under investigation by intelligence agencies prior to his attack? If not, why not? If so, why would he mislead the American people by insinuating that this could be something other than what he would every reason to believe it was?

Regarding the US intelligence work itself, to what degree this information was organized and in a single set of hands, the public does not yet know. What we do know is that signs were abundant, and the Army did not act in response to them.

Also:

The public continues to see dishonest news media coverage of this event. It often comes in clever and subtle phrasings from legacy media institutions (whose mechanics are often excellent; and in their deftness they can subtly maneuver into a parsing that may not technically be inaccurate, but is altogether misleading.), like this one from the New York Times:

“Many Muslims have been concerned that their faith will somehow be blamed after an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who prayed regularly at the Fort Hood mosque, was accused of being the lone gunman in the attack.” (emphasis added)

Somehow? As if it it is some giant leap of logic that Islam had anything whatsoever to do with this killing? Somehow? Islam inspired this massacre, and if that was only an inference that can be drawn early on, it is now all but proven with direct evidence. Unfortunately, this is not surprising, coming from the New York Times.

I’ve seen multiple examples of this in the coverage of this event.

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Obama on Ramadan

Let’s see how much good will this brings us in the Muslim world.

There’s a few worthy sentiments here, but as a whole this zealous overture seems a bit misguided in the current world context.

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