FIRST, sincere condolences to all friends and family of the victims of Mumbai, and all victims of Muslim terrorism everywhere. We can honor the victims best by facing the truth and acting accordingly. This is an ideological war, and no amount of political correctness or law enforcement adequately addresses global jihad.
From Mark Steyn recently (with more below):
“Islamic imperialists want an Islamic society, not just in Palestine and Kashmir but in the Netherlands and Britain, too. Their chances of getting it will be determined by the ideology’s advance among the general Muslim population, and the general Muslim population’s demographic advance among everybody else.”
ISLAM: WHAT THE WEST NEEDS TO KNOW
Although the N.Y. Times and other American media outlets refuse to identify the Mumbai murderers as Islamic terrorists, other journalists are not so squeemish about the truth.
International reporters have identified the perpetrators as belonging to groups named Deccan Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, often referred to as Al Qaeda Junior.
“But whether the group Deccan Mujahideen is local or foreign, a new group or operating under an assumed name, the undeniable fact is that it is comprised of the Islamic men.”
“Consider first an article in LA Times by Martha Nussbaum, a professor at the University of Chicago. The article was headlined `Terrorism in India has many faces’. But one face that Nussbaum fails to mention specifically is that of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic terror group originating in Pakistan (and Afghanistan) that seems to have been centrally involved in the attack on Mumbai. ”
And Mark Steyn is, as always, straight-forward, articulate, and fearless in his relentless pursuit of truth:
“It’s missing the point to get into debates about whether this is the ‘Deccan Mujahideen’ or the ISI or al-Qaida or Lashkar-e-Taiba. That’s a reductive argument. It could be all or none of them. The ideology has been so successfully seeded around the world that nobody needs a memo from corporate HQ to act: There are so many of these subgroups and individuals that they intersect across the planet in a million different ways. It’s not the Cold War, with a small network of deep sleepers being directly controlled by Moscow. There are no membership cards, only an ideology. That’s what has radicalized hitherto moderate Muslim communities from Indonesia to the central Asian ‘stans to Yorkshire, and co-opted what started out as more or less conventional nationalist struggles in the Caucasus and the Balkans into mere tentacles of the global jihad.”
“There was a photograph that appeared in many of the British papers, taken by a Reuters man and captioned by the news agency as follows: ‘A suspected gunman walks outside the premises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus railway station.”‘The photo of the ‘suspected gunman’ showed a man holding a gun. We don’t know much about him – he might be Muslim or Episcopalian, he might be an impoverished uneducated victim of Western colonialist economic oppression or a former vice-president of Lehman Brothers embarking on an exciting midlife career change – but one thing we ought to be able to say for certain is that a man pointing a gun is not a ‘suspected gunman’ but a gunman. ‘This kind of silly political correctness infects reporters and news services worldwide,’ wrote John Hinderaker of Powerline. ‘They think they’re being scrupulous – the man hasn’t been convicted of being a gunman yet! – when, in fact, they’re just being foolish. But the irrational conviction that nothing can be known unless it has been determined by a court and jury isn’t just silly, it’s dangerous.’
“Just so. This isn’t law enforcement but an ideological assault – and we’re fighting the symptoms not the cause. Islamic imperialists want an Islamic society, not just in Palestine and Kashmir but in the Netherlands and Britain, too. Their chances of getting it will be determined by the ideology’s advance among the general Muslim population, and the general Muslim population’s demographic advance among everybody else.
“So Bush is history, and we have a new president who promises to heal the planet, and yet the jihadists don’t seem to have got the Obama message that there are no enemies, just friends we haven’t yet held talks without preconditions with. This isn’t about repudiating the Bush years, or withdrawing from Iraq, or even liquidating Israel. It’s bigger than that. And if you don’t have a strategy for beating back the ideology, you’ll lose.
Whoops, my apologies. I mean ‘suspected ideology.’ ”
In years to come, try telling little Moshe Holtzberg his parents were killed by a ‘suspected ideologue.’
Mumbai’s Lesson: It Pays To Listen
“The world was stunned by the murder last week of nearly 200 people in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, apparently by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which demands the end of Indian rule in Kashmir and Islamist rule throughout South Asia.
The seven-plus years of remarkable safety America has enjoyed have had the unfortunate side effect of lulling all too many of us into complacency about the reality of the 21st century. (This is why we at Investor’s Business Daily mark the 11th of every month with a reminder to readers of the attack of Sept. 11, 2001, running photographs of some of the tragic or heroic events that took place that day.)
The prevention of a repeat of 9/11 wasn’t magic. Nor was it luck.
We have our courageous law enforcement officers at the federal, state and local level to thank.”
“Perhaps most importantly, we have our outgoing commander in chief to thank, the much-maligned President George W. Bush. There’s no doubt that history will vindicate the president who went far beyond his Constitutional duties in selflessly protecting the American people.”