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Defining the Enemy

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Submitted by William Robert Jack (United States), Mar 3, 2006 at 19:33

Who Is the Enemy?

How Do We Define Our Enemy?

Because of the Islamic terrorist war that confronts us, there are defining chacteristics about the kinds of people we admit to this Nation and who should be allowed to stay.

While internationalism has been replaced by globalization since this quote was made, the following quote by the Theodore Roosevelt is still a fairly reasonable standard in my opinion:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Because our war is with the Islamic jihadists and their anti-American, anti-Western sympathizers who are almost entirely Muslims, millions of Muslims in the US are bound to be under the suspicion that they may be in that category. The occasional arrests of Muslims in this country who are planning terrorist acts only increases these suspicions.

During WWII we did not hesitate to articulate who are enemies were--they were Germany and Japan.

We know that there were related prejudices in this country during WWII. While we are not proud of feeling that way, we did, and it took courageous acts on the parts of the German and Japanese people in this country, particularly the Japanese, to prove themselves loyal to the US and the American people. I feel that we should expect no less from the Muslim population in the US.

The anti-American rage which characterizes hundreds of millions of Muslims in the world is something that we have to face head on as a nation. These Muslims are a danger to American lives, property, freedoms and interests. Succinctly put, they are the enemy. Again we find ourselves at war--WWIII, and this time the enemy is the product of Islam.

We should not do business with the enemy. We should not allow ourselves to be bought off by the enemy. That's why we need to move ahead urgently to break our economic ties with and dependency on the enemy--that means oil, that means port operations, that means all economic ties! There is a limit to globalization.

Dubai is riddled with the enemy. The UAE, comprised in part of Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi is riddled with the enemy. The majority of the 9/11 terrorists traveled here via the UAE, the UAE has been a financial tool of terrorism, and a base of operations for the terrorists.

That's why I am strongly opposed to the operation of any US ports being handed over to Dubai. I believe that terrorist infiltration through the UAE,including Dubai, is a higher risk than if the ports were operated by a US interested party.

The Chinese and the South Koreans operate some of our nation's ports. This has been used as an argument that we are discriminating against the Arabs. But no chinese or South Koreans were terrorists on any of the hijacked 9/11 planes or involved in financing these terrorists, or serving as a pass through point or base of operation for these terrorists. The UAE was. We must know our enemy, and make these discriminations where they are in our interests.

The decision to break economic ties with the enemy will take sacrifices by the American people--sacrifices the enemy bets we will not be willing or able to make.

The enemy expects that Americans and its leaders can be bought off. That they will, in the end, not be willing to make these sacrifices--the longer it takes to make these sacrifices, the broader and deeper the enemy's roots grow in America.

In my opinion there is an invisible Trojan Horse moving toward the Gate of the Nation, and out of moral weakness, arrogance, passivity and ignorance the Gate has slowly started to open. All of us should be aware. We need to wake up!

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