Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isn't at war with terrorism
any more than it is at war with grenades. Western civilization is at war
with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim communities all over the world.
Militant Islam isn't a tiny minority of otherwise goodhearted Muslims. It's
a dominant strain of evil that runs rampant in a population of well over 1
Enough with the psychoanalysis. They don't hate us because of Israel. They
don't hate us because of Kashmir. They don't hate us because we have troops
in Saudi Arabia or because we deposed Saddam Hussein. They don't hate us
because of Britney Spears. They hate us because we are infidels, and because
we don't plan on surrendering or providing them material aid in their war of
Enough with the niceties. We don't lose our souls when we treat our enemies
as enemies. We don't undermine our principles when we post more police
officers in vulnerable areas, or when we send Marines to kill bad guys, or
when we torture terrorists for information. And we don't redeem ourselves
when we close Guantanamo Bay or try terrorists in civilian courts or censor
anti-Islam comics. When it comes to war, extremism in the defense of liberty
is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Enough with the words. Talking with Iran without wielding the threat of
force, either economic or military, won't help. Appealing to the United
Nations, run by thugs and dictators ranging from Putin to Chavez to
Ahmadinejad, is an exercise in pathetic futility. Evil countries don't
suddenly decide to abandon their evil goals – they are forced to do so by
pressure and circumstance.
Enough with the faux allies. We don't gain anything by pretending that Saudi
Arabia and Pakistan are true allies. They aren't. At best, they are playing
both sides of the table. We ought to be drilling now in order to break OPEC.
Building windmills isn't going to cut it. We should also be backing India to
the hilt in its current conflict with Pakistan – unless Pakistan can destroy
its terrorist element, India should be given full leeway to do what it needs
to do. Russia and China, meanwhile, are facilitating anti-Western terrorism.
Treating them as friends in this global war is simply begging for a
Enough with the myths.
Not everyone on earth is crying out for freedom. There are plenty of people
who are happy in their misery, believing that their suffering is part and
parcel of a correct religious system. Those people direct their anger
outward, targeting unbelievers. We cannot simply knock off dictators and
expect indoctrinated populations to rise to the liberal democratic
challenge. The election of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is more a rule than an
exception in the Islamic world.
Enough with the lies. Stop telling us that Islam is a religion of peace. If
it is, prove it through action. Stop telling us that President-elect Barack
Obama will fix our broken relationship with the Muslim world. They hate
Obama just as much as they hated President George W. Bush, although they
think Obama is more of a patsy than Bush was. Stop telling us that we
shouldn't worry about the Islamic infiltration of our economy. If the Saudis
own a large chunk of our banking institutions and control the oil market,
they can certainly leverage their influence in dangerous ways.
Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane downed in
Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks in
Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in Tunisia, the LAX
shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca attacks, the Turkey
synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings, and the
repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai massacres – among
literally thousands of others – it's about time that the West got the point:
we're in a war. Our enemies are determined. They will not quit just because
we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera CDs, or even the freedom to vote.
They will not quit just because we ensure that they have Korans in their
Guantanamo cells, or because we offer to ban "The Satanic Verses" (as India
did). They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so,
and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.
So enough. No more empty talk. No more idle promises. No more happy
ignorance, half measures, or appeasement-minded platitudes. The time for
hard-nosed, uncompromising action hasn't merely come – it's been overdue by
seven years. The voice of our brothers' blood cries out from the ground.
Ben Shapiro, 24, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the
author of the new book "Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to
the White House," as well as the national bestseller "Brainwashed: How
Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth." To find out more about Ben
Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and
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