Patrick Poole catalogues the incidents of Islamist terrorism in 2009, and concludes with a disturbing prediction about the year ahead.
What 2009 has taught us is how rapidly the nature of the threat from Islamic jihadists is evolving and how utterly unable our government is to recognize and respond to that threat. Sadly, I predict that the coming year will show us how bold, aggressive, and inventive our enemies have become and how little we have learned from the events of the past year.
Jamie Glazov explains why the Left in this country cannot bring themselves to admit the obvious regarding the Ft. Hood shooter:
To recognize the evil of Nidal Hasan and his ideology, to admit the existence of pernicious enemies, is to concede that there are societies, cultures, and systems that are much more unjust than ours. This is an untenable step for leftists to take, because it means acknowledging that there is something superior about our civilization that’s worth saving and defending.
The Left’s infatuation with multiculturalism has led it to a point where reality has been turned on its head: Our own society is evil and deserves to be knocked down a few notches, while Islamic fanatics are merely victims who must be understood in light of the oppressive imperialism forced upon their societies.
Rand Simberg bemoans the fact that, in view of yesterday’s failed bombing of NW Flight 253, our politically correct government obviously hasn’t learned anything from 9/11.
This all has a feeling of deja vu to it. We are going to spend the next days and weeks discussing all the things that we discussed eight years ago. The same stupid arguments will be made that are refuted by politically incorrect reality, but at the end, airline travel will be even more onerous, fewer will choose to fly for short trips, the airlines will take it in the shorts again (and probably need another bailout), and the incompetents at the TSA will be rewarded. We will be less free and, in that hoary old phrase, the terrorists will have won, without blowing up a single plane.
Dorothy Rabinowitz dissects the loony political correctness that has scrambled to exonerate Islam following the Ft. Hood massacre. The unwillingness of so many in power to state the obvious bodes ill for the security of our nation.
It has taken Maj. Hasan, and the fantastic efforts to explain away his act of bloody hatred, to bring home how much less capable we are of recognizing the dangers confronting us than we were even before September 11.
If our intelligentsia, both in government and in the media, cannot bring themselves to admit the ongoing threat to our civilization from radical Islam as a coherent movement, then we will not succeed in defending ourselves against it.
If you haven’t been following the Mark Steyn case in recent weeks, be sure to read Jacob Laksin’s piece on Frontpagemag.com. Steyn wrote the blockbuster book, America Alone, a couple of years ago, exposing the decline of Europe under the onslaught of Muslim immigration. An excerpt from the book was published in Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine. A group of Muslims was offended by the material in the article, so they filed suit in one of Canada’s infamous “Human Rights” Tribunals.
The proceedings have been such a mockery of justice that Steyn actually prefers to lose this case, in order to gain a greater victory later.
We want to lose so we can take it to a real court and if necessary up to the Supreme Court of Canada and we can get the ancient liberties of free-born Canadian citizens that have been taken away from them by tribunals like this.
From The Guardian, via the Jawa Report:
Dia Rashwan, an Egyptian expert on radical Islamists, says recent al-Qaida propaganda footage from Iraq is old and cannot mask the crisis it is facing. “They have not got new things to say about Iraq though they are trying to give the impression that they are still alive. The material isn’t convincing.” Nigel Inkster, former deputy head of MI6, now at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, agrees: “Al-Qaida is starting to prepare their people for strategic failure in Iraq.”
So can George W. Bush now finally declare, “Mission accomplished!”?
That rule of civilized behavior takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of Islamofascists looking for ever more deadly ways to spread their message of misery and mayhem. Oliver North exposes the moral bankruptcy of an ideology that uses women and children as human bombs.
Apparently, al-Qaida is running short of mentally competent volunteers who want to murder fellow Muslims in the process of becoming “martyrs” for Allah.
You would think this barbaric behavior would be greeted with howls of condemnation from Islamic leaders. But other than the government of Iraq, Islam has been strangely silent on this misuse of women and children.
From Damascus, Riyadh, Amman, Ankara and Tehran, there was only silence. No Islamic leader or senior cleric rose to condemn the murder of God’s most vulnerable creatures, whom mankind is entrusted to protect.
Those in our nation who argue that no culture is superior to another are living in a fool’s dream, and had better wake up before this evil lands on their doorstep.