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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 6, 2009

November 6, 2009


But we know who our enemy is, no matter that he or anyone else chooses to deny it. We have seen his face, even if we are still reluctant to give him a name. We are at war with radical Islam and with those who offer radical Islam aid and comfort, and this means with the international radical left. Both see America as the “Great Satan,” embodying the twin evils of capitalist oppression and Western domination. The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacks on the twin symbols of American wealth and power, as defined both by the Islamists and the left.

An al-Qaeda Manifesto published six months after 9/11 makes the agendas of the Islamic radicals abundantly clear. A statement called, “Why We Fight America,” issued by al-Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith recently appeared on an al-Qaeda website hosted by the Center for Islamic Research and Studies.

The statement asks why the world is surprised by what happened on 9/11—pretty much the same question that radicals Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Barbara Kingsolver, Arundhati Roy and sundry professors at anti-American rallies on college campuses across the nation asked within weeks of the horrific attack. And the answer is pretty much the same as well:

What happened to America [on 9/11] is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy, and suppression against the nations and the peoples, and imposes a single method, thought, and way of life, as if the people of the entire world are clerks in its government offices and employed by its commercial companies and institutions.

Anyone who was surprised by 9/11, the al-Qaeda statement continues, does not understand the root causes of the attack and in particular “the effects of oppression and tyranny on [the victims’] emotions and feelings.” Instead, such people must think, “that oppression begets surrender, that repression begets silence, that tyranny leaves only humiliation.”

In fact, according to al-Qaeda, humiliation, deprivation and oppression inspire rage against the oppressor. And this righteous indignation – indistinguishable from that of the radical left — is what al-Qaeda’s anti-American war is about. Unlike the Western left, however, al-Qaeda does not wage its war in the name of an international proletariat or the “dispossessed,” and its goal is not some kind of secular socialist utopia. Al-Qaeda’s war is about the future world reign of Islam. The al-Qaeda Manifesto asks how can a Muslim accept humiliation and inferiority, “when he knows that his nation was created to stand at the center of leadership, at the center of hegemony and rule, at the center of ability and sacrifice?… When he knows that the [divine] rule is that the entire earth must be subject to the religion of Allah—not to the East, not to the West—to no ideology and to no path except the path of Allah?…”

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  1. November 6, 2009 1:47 am

    Radical Islam? It’s just Islam period!

    I think it was Prof. Huntington that said that out of the 23 conflicts (wars) in third world countries, 21 involve Islam. Islam against Jews; Islam against Christians; Islam against Islam.

    It is one vast lunatic asylum over there. And over here? Lawfare to terrorize the truth tellers; e.g., Rachel Ehrenfeld (sp) about the deathcult; honor killings to keep Muslim women/daughters from going to western; and, of course, the many terrorist attempts and attacks such as the one that has occurred at Ft. Hood. The terroristic proclivities of Muslims are so ridiculous that one Muslim who made a tv station in Buffalo, N.Y. to tout moderate Islam, cut off his wife’s head: Islamic Rageboy’s commentary on “whore’s” beheading

    I am proud to have helped Rabbi Meir Kahane, Zt”l in his attempts to kick the Arabs out of Israel and inform America about the disastrous policy of appeasing Islam. I do not care about the screams and smears of anyone here.

    Here I play piano and sing The Jewish Defense League song

    Oid Kahane Chai Rabbi Kahane Lives!

  2. Walt permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:04 am

    It is a totalitarian dream, not unlike the old Socialist one. Instead of Hegelian “Triads”, one has the Pillars of Islam.

  3. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:22 am

    Although I can’t agree with the first commenter, the Horowitz-quote itself is dead-on. Radical Islam and the Radical Left agree with each other on ‘the evil nature of capitalism’. Even if you look at Osama Bin Laden’s talking point against the United States, you’ll quickly discover he stole them from anti-American European leftists.

  4. victor permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:43 am

    This is not the first incident of a Muslim in the Armed Forces turning on his fellow soldiers and I’m afraid it won’t be the last. We already have a strong foundation of radical Muslims preaching Jihad. Go to Dearborn, Mich., a hotbed of Radical Islam, iot’s a powder keg ready to explode. The regular media will try to deflect from the fact that this man was Muslim, but those families who suffered the ultimate price for their loved ones will never forget it. There are also 1.2 million Muslims living in Israel proper. There are about 500,000 Israelis living in Arab areas. Why is the focus solely on removing the Jews, instead of having the Arabs leave as well. Israelis ticking time bomb is even more serious than ours.

  5. SanePerson permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:02 am

    Muslims have been killing other Muslims for centuries. The radical left ignorantly believes they just got aggressive a few years ago.

  6. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:21 am

    The problem with Islam and the radical left is that they both think that they can live without a capitalist West when they cannot. A typical example of this schizophrenia, and I wish I’d filed the URL away then but I didn’t, is an Islamist goof I heard interviewed whose ambition besides killing Americans was to work for Microsoft as a computer programmer. Last week he was a goatherd this week a software engineer, go figure! This is not irony, it is the clear statement of the idiotic position Middle-Eastern Arabs find themselves in, for every time some whack job Sheik needs heart surgery he hauls his lame a$$ to the infidel West to get it. It appears seventy-two virgins aren’t anywhere nearly as attractive as a good Western surgeon is when they’re knock, knock, knockin’ at heaven’s door.

    The left is similarly twisted in that is wants the benefits of capitalism to fund its pathetically sick ambitions through an ever increasing burden of taxes while at the same time proclaiming capitalism anathema. One need not look past megalomaniacal imbeciles such as Hugo Chavez, whose ambitions are paid for by the oil he sells, to appreciate the co-dependent nature of this addiction. The only hope we have when it comes to Islamic imbeciles is that the technologically advanced have never in history lost to the techno-goofs. As for the Chavezes of the world, they all eventually run out of other people’s talent, ambition, and foresight. Let us not forget that Cuba was once the fourth richest economy in the western hemisphere.

  7. Seek permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:47 am

    A lot of the hard Libertarian authors at, including Rep. Ron Paul, say the exact things the Left says — that we “drove” the terrorists to commit their deeds by virtue of our very presence in the MIddle East, etc. They claim we are at fault. Remove the troops and we will have removed the incentive for the jihadists to attack. Laurence Vance has a blog piece on arguing this point.

  8. alan permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:36 am

    Islam needs no qualifying adjectives. Islam is the enemy of the civilized world. It always ways this way. When people are willing to put a name to the enemy, we will be on the way to victory.

  9. cn17 permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:39 am

    The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion (to which few members of other civilizations were converted) but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

    —The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order; Samuel P. Huntington; 1996; pg. 51.

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      November 6, 2009 12:26 pm

      Yeah! And the world the West applied its superiority at organized violence to was such a peaceful place.

      Anywhere you look in the world the countries that have had the longest exposure to Western ideas are mostly prosperous while those that did not enjoy such contact are mostly basket-case failed states. It is only the nonsense of the communist left that proclaims western imperialism bad and communist imperialism good.

  10. November 8, 2009 6:06 pm

    Who will declare war on Radical Islam and follow through with the full force necessary to ultimately secure this nation?

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