Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The only American politician—so far—who demonstrates a healthy Islamorealism
Curiously, Jihad Watch has not yet put up this story. As I write, well over 48 hours have passed since Lawrence Auster put it up on his blog Monday morning, February 15; and Auster in turn had gotten it from reading Andrew Bostom's blog, who had the story two days before that, on February 13. Meanwhile, Diana West also posted it on her blog, on the morning of February 14. [Update: it has now been well over 72 hours and Spencer still has not put this important story up on Jihad Watch.]
Hm... what do these three—Lawrence Auster, Andrew Bostom and Diana West—have in common? All three share the distinction of having been ignored—almost frostily, it seems—by Robert Spencer in the last several months, even when (as with Bostom and West) they were in the past regularly and frequently heaped with praise by Spencer when he was not every other day availing his blog of their writings. If some tiff between Spencer and one or all three of these eminent anti-Islam essayists is interfering with his willingness to publish an important story like this one—out of a disinclination to acknowledge their scoop or, God forbid, show his appreciation by linking to them—it would be a shame, for this most exigent and salutary story needs to be broadcast as broadly as possible. But I guess we, outside the Gentlemen’s Club of the Anti-Islam Aristocracy and not privy to their back-room squabbles, will never know what is the case in this regard.
The newsworthy story involves a man running for Congress in Florida—not just any old man: a vibrant, intelligent, black Republican man, Allen West, who unlike anyone in the mainstream public eye in recent history actually gets the problem of Islam.
Compare the actions and words of Obama, from the time many years ago when he wrote in his autohagiography The Audacity of Hope that “I will stand by them [i.e., Muslims] should the winds shift in an ugly direction” (i.e., should whites do what we all know they like to do to ethnic peoples—lynch ’em)—from that inauspicious moment clear up to all the things he has said (e.g., Cairo) and done after gaining power as President (e.g., the appointment of Rashad Hussain as special envoy to the Sharia-aggrandizing O.I.C.); the attempt to move the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York and thereby grant him not only our legal protections but also a platform to propagandize; the similar endowment of the Christmas Day “Fruit of the Boom”
terrorist with our legal protections instead of properly denying them to him as the enemy combatant he is, when before that moment he was giving us valuable intel; and on and on with many other misdeeds and misprisions documented here on Jihad Watch)—compare that Obysmal and Obaminable record with the black Republican running for Congress in Florida, Colonel Allen West who, in a recent debate, in response to a typically clueless politician who insisted that Muslim terrorists were “twisting” Islam, stood to boldly go where few other men in the mainstream limelight dare to go in our time, and said:
You want to dig up Charles Martel and ask him why him why he was fighting the Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732? You want to ask the Venetian fleet at Lepanto why they were fighting a Muslim fleet in 1571? You want to ask ... the Germanic and Austrian knights why they were fighting at the gates of Vienna in 1683? You want to ask people what happened at Constantinople and why today it is called Istanbul because they lost that fight in 1453? ...
Until you get principled leadership in the United States of America that is willing to say that, we will continue to chase our tail, because we will never clearly define who this enemy is, and then understand their goals and objectives—which (are) on any jihadist website—and then come up with the right (and) proper objectives to not only secure our Republic but secure Western civilization.
No politician I can think of would even come close to this most blessedly refreshing display of literacy about the problem of Islam (though there have been a couple, such as Tom Tancredo and Scott Brown, who show indications of being quite amenable to coming up to speed on the learning curve).
For more information on the first American politician to actually say something that demonstrates knowledge of the problem of Islam, Colonel Allen West, see Auster's blog.
And another feather in West’s cap—to be contrasted with all the crap we’ve been getting from Obama (and purt near everydamnbody else) with regard to the problem of Islam—is that, according to a reader at the above-linked site (who provides a link):
Col. West is the hero who was persecuted and forced to resign from the U.S. Army for his part in a mock-execution done to encourage an Iraqi policeman/terrorist informer to divulge details of a planned attack on his men in 2003. At the time he was famously quoted as saying: "if it's about the lives of my men and their safety, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."
That single heroic deed of that Colonel is worth more than the sum total of Obama’s life. Let us have the audacity to hope that in men like Allen West, we are seeing the crest of a new wave, the sign of a new breed of politician to help steer America, and the West, back around to the intelligent apprehension of Islam it once possessed.