The Fight of Our Lives Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against – Bennett & Leibsohn

24 Aug

Bennett & Leibsohn write, “The thought seems to be that if we speak nicely of Islam and ignore the terrorism it can produce, the Islamists will respect us more or lay down their swords. Such an understanding flies in the face of everything Islamists have told us; they want our defeat, not a refurbished détente that comes from soft language and retreat.”Tolerance and complacency have become two of America’s greatest enemies. It is time for us to wake up and take an honest look at what is going on around us. 

The title refers to US war with the Jihadists as being the gravest fight of the lives of people in USA. According to the author, the Jihadists have no interest in leaving and US seem to have no strategy for killing them with regularly and significance to break their will, which is the only way wars really end. Americans prefer the fake of peace to the real thing because it appears so much less costly. But that is only in the short run. 

Authors take us from the basic events of Islamist terror at Fort Hood and our government’s and our culture’s reaction to it through a question of whether the West will survive this attack or will we resist strongly enough so Islam will reform in ways to reject this awful violence. The author states that the US government doesn’t learn from the occurrences likeFt. Hood which arose as a result of a confluence of many things falling apart. According to the author, USA never had a very good definition of the terrorist threat against us. USA never, as a country, has been very willing to talk about what the real intention and threat is from radical Islam. It’s a lethal ideology that wants America and Americans dead. There is nothing we can do to pacify them. Too many administrations have thought that we could appease them. Appeasement does not stop terrorism. It increases it. President tried this, starting in 2009, with a major speech in Egypt and several interviews throughout the Middle East, and ceasing to use the terms “war on terror”, “terrorism” and “radical Islam”. By the end of 2009, there were terrorist attempts in the United States more than in all the years since 2001 put together.

The author also indirectly conveys that the current Obama Administration is absolutely petrified of even mentioning the word “Islam,” in conjunction with the subject of terrorism. Bennett and Leibsohn write, “The term RADICAL ISLAM was employed to distinguish it from mainstream belief. But the Obama administration displays a shocking level of foolishness or knavery by downgrading and downplaying the connection between Islam and terrorism.”

The author also targets the journalists by stating that journalists have missed the point, and that has been costly in this war against terror. Journalists have missed the point because an awful lot of people would be interested in learning about the threats to their country. The journalists for the most part have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear. They do not want to write about or depict what it is that attack us and they bury the attacks. Do people know that there was a radical Islam assassination attempt against former President G.W. Bush in Texas? Do people know there was a terrorist attack against two U.S. airmen in Germany? In fact, what journalists have done instead is find Muslims that they think are moderate and promote them. Perhaps the number one target of the U.S. military right now is Anwar al-Awlaki, head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was the go-to guy for the mainstream media right after 9/11. He was in and out of National Public Radio. He was giving interviews all over the place. This was the guy that they deemed moderate. US people saw this again with the Ground Zero Mosque. The author looks at the way our language and our fear of using the proper language of war in this struggle is impairing our ability to see things clearly, to discuss situations properly, or to act with clear purpose. 

Bennett and Leibsohn also put forwards their views on Koran and Bible and quickly disarm the argument that the Bible is more violent than the Koran. They write, “In the history of Christianity, there certainly are violent episodes where Christian leaders have committed, instigated, and justified bloody war -against others and themselves. But the New Testament itself is evidence to how such history and examples diverge and contradict the basic doctrines of Christianity. By contrast the Koran instructs, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah… Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them… Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites! Hell shall be their home, an evil fate speak for themselves.”

Finally, the author says that the death of a charismatic leader will not end the terrorism. It is expected that USA will see a cycle of terrorist activity from Al-Qaeda that will show they are still relevant. Bennett and Liebsohn report that in spite of all the politically correct newspeak abroad today, Islam is not a religion of peace and the Koran is not a peaceful book. If we lose the war on terror, it won’t be because our enemy is stronger than us or because their cause is just. It will be because we surrender unconditionally rather than fight against the cultural political correctness that preaches diversity at all costs. Our enemy doesn’t want peace or compromise. Our enemy wants our total destruction.

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2 Responses to “The Fight of Our Lives Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against – Bennett & Leibsohn”

  1. Krush August 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I like your idea of doing book reviews.

    • psyclife August 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Thank You, I will do more in future

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