Submitted by Tracy W (Canada), Dec 30, 2006 at 01:03
Kendra, I agree with you and, if I understand you correctly, you don't have much hope of changing the attitude of our own Left, so you'd prefer to go ahead and take care of this problem militarily.
I wish that could be done as you say, except that I anticipate several problems with immediate military intervention.
1) I called it the Western state of mind, meaning that we don't even have the courage to defend our way of life from Islam's cultural encroachments within our own borders. We are too afraid to upset them lest they accuse us of bigotry, or worse. Actually, most people in the West are in plain denial of Islam's true nature. We keep talking about it as being a religion of peace and that only extremists are to be feared. We can't go to war if people's hearts and minds are set on appeasement. It would be difficult for any government to carry on a war without popular support.
2) We have very incompetent leadership in the US, in Israel and in the EU. Fighting a war under these circumstances would be disastrous. The tragic examples of Iraq and the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon illustrate this point. There is even a question of how much influence the Arab countries have on individuals in high places in America and in the EU. This I find extremely disturbing.
3) Even if we overthrew every Muslim regime in the world, we would then have to deal with guerrilla warfare and that has never been our forte. It drains the strength of our armies and the patience of those at home.
I would be more in favor of using creative ways of defeating the enemy. We have a pool of highly intelligent, experienced, imaginative and motivated people on our side. Let's use them. It's better not to leave the thinking to our politicians.
We could start with ourselves, and the very first step would be to educate the non-Muslim population and to have a steady and strong campaign of awareness. I feel optimistic about it because we have made progress regarding issues such as protecting the environment, smoking, and others. I don't mean hate mongering, but to make the facts speak for themselves and to expose the Muslim devious agenda and media campaigns.
Freeing ourselves from our dependence on oil should be a major priority.
Simultaneously we could deal with immigration, illegal residents, the criminal element, as well as act on the Muslim educational, religious and social areas. You are so right about poisonous Islamic indoctrination. It should be unacceptable to advocate modifying our society to suit Islam, the expressions of hatred and the condoning of terrorism. Here we really need strong support from the public.
(The fact is that we could gain support from certain sectors of the Islamic community. When Muslims were asking for the official application of Sharia law to their family issues in the Canadian Province of Ontario, the government was about to cave in but was prevented from doing so by the feminist lobby, Muslim women included, who objected, and the government had to back down.)
Given the urgency of the situation, we don't have a lot of time, so all of the items listed above could be started within five years. Once we have taken care of the problem at home, then we are better prepared to deal militarily with foreign Muslim countries, when needed.
Kendra, I wish we could act today and prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but with the quality of leadership that we have, I'm afraid we would just botch the job and then have to deal with the law of unforseen consequences (as in Iraq and Lebanon).
I grew up at a time when the Soviet Union seemed to be a permanent fixture on our political landscape. The fact that it dissolved in spite of its power gives me hope that with intelligent strategy (such as Reagan's outspending the Soviets in defense and driving them bankrupt), we can deal with this threat in a peaceful manner while avoiding the Dark Age Islam represents.
Let's change our attitude and let's elect leaders who are capable and visionary. Let's get the community aware and involved, and always keep in mind the values that we want to defend. Never compromise on those values.
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