Saturday, 20 January 2007

Why We Fight (Cont.)

Ken Berwitz

I read a very interesting piece by Joseph Farah this morning about the war against terrorism.  I thought I would pass it along.  I have put Farah's last paragraph in bold print, because it has enormous relevance and importance to the war we fight in Iraq:

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The root cause of terrorism

It's becoming popular to talk about "the root causes of terrorism."

Lately, we've heard:

  • The root cause of terrorism is foreign domination and control of Muslim resources.

  • The root cause of terrorism is the hatred of the Western way of life.

  • The root cause of terrorism is alienation.

  • The root cause of terrorism is poverty and illiteracy.

  • The root cause of terrorism is the moral decadence of the West.

  • The root cause of terrorism is the West's support for Israel.

Do you know what I think is the root cause of terrorism?

It works.

By that I mean those using terrorism in the world today do it because it achieves their objectives.

Simple. And I think beyond dispute.

No place does it work more effectively than in Israel once seen as a bulwark against Islamist terrorism. If you want a case study in the enabling of terrorism, the encouraging of terrorism, the feeding and cultivation of terrorism, look no further than the Jewish state.

Let's look at the cost of unrelenting terrorism in the Jewish state over the last six years since Ariel Sharon was elected as a hard-line prime minister to put an end to attacks but who betrayed his constituency:

  • 56 percent of Israelis support negotiating even with Hamas, a terrorist organization sworn to the Jewish state's destruction;

  • 75 percent of Israelis believe their country is struggling for its very survival;

  • The more Israel has acceded to the demands of terrorists, the more terrorism has increased;

  • The more Israel has unilaterally retreated from lands won in hard-fought combat, the more emboldened its attackers have become;

  • The more accommodating Israel is with the terrorists, the higher become the demands on the Jewish state by international busybodies who blame their own problems with terrorists on Israel.

It's a vicious cycle. But it is a cycle benefiting the terrorists demonstrating its effectiveness as a tactic.

What do the terrorists want besides killing and terrifying people?

Ultimately, it is very simple. They want the entire world subjugated to Islamic rule and law.

There are only two ways to stop the terrorism:

  • Surrender and live under the domination of Islam.

  • Soundly defeat the Islamic jihad.

You can't talk to it. You can't buy it off. You can't understand it. You can't win it over with compassion. You can't reason with it. You can't negotiate with it. You can't bargain with it. You can't appease it away. You can't wish it away.

In fact, this is an enemy that cannot be seduced by expressions of "tolerance" and gestures of goodwill. It is actually repulsed by such moves - seeing them as weakness to be exploited further and signs that their strategy is winning the day.

Need I remind you this is a conflict with some history.

It didn't begin Sept. 11, 2001, or even with the first World Trade Center bombing or the Iranian revolution of 1979.

This is a war President Jefferson fought.

This is a war that led to Christopher Columbus' voyage west and, ultimately, the discovery of America.

This is a war that nearly led to the conquest of Europe before that.

And it may well lead to the conquest of Europe in the 21st century.

As I have said before, it would not be inaccurate to say this conflict has defined world history for the last 1,300 years.

In the 20th century, we witnessed the high cost of appeasement. We saw it with Nazi Germany. We saw it with the Soviet Union. We saw it with Communist China. And, lately, we see it in the Middle East and in the war with jihadism.

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It is one of the more bizarre anomalies of human nature that, in countries with free expression such as the the USA and Israel, so many people will look the other way as terrorists work to kill or subjugate them.  Some act in ways that even benefit terrorists - often without realizing it (sometimes, sadly, realizing it full well).

Last week we were thrilled to learn of the rescue of Shawn Hornbeck, a boy who was kidnapped four years ago.  Many of us marvelled at the amount of freedom this boy had through those four years, freedom he could have easily used to contact his family, which was no more than 50 miles away.  Shawn was kidnapped at the age of 11.  He certainly knew how to use a phone or get on a bus.  But he didn't.  This is called "Stockholm Syndrome";  an attachment and loyalty which kidnap victims develop for the kidnapper. 

I don't know if there's a syndrome to describe similar behavior for people threatened with death or subjugation, but sometimes I think large portions of the USA and Israel suffer from the same condition.

What do the bin ladens, the zawahiris, the mullah omars, hezbollah, hamas and the "insurgents" have to do to convince them?  They TELL us they're going to take over the world and put us all under shari'a law.  They CELEBRATE that the Republican congress was replaced by Democrats because they think Democrats are more likely to give up the fight.  They TELL us that the USA is not a problem because eventually we will lose heart and go home.  Incredibly, we have given them much reason to feel this way.

When people sell themselves on the insane premise that President Bush is the enemy, not al qaeda, terrorism has a chance to win.  And, with copious encouragement from much of mainstream media, a lot of people have done just that.

Playing "can you top this" with insults against President Bush may be great fodder for Comedy Central and leftwing lunatics like keith olbermann.  But never forget the value it provides to people who want us dead or subjugated.  Never.


TV SCHEDULE

Ken Berwitz

For those of you who are able to watch KRON4 (Channel 4) in San Francisco, I will be on their "News Weekend" show tomorrow (Sunday) morning. 

I am tentatively scheduled for 9:20AM.  But you should watch the entire show because a) it's a good show per se and b) who knows that they won't do a switcheroo and ask me to be on earlier.

I'll blog about this experience afterwards.....


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