“The bombs in Vietnam explode at home,” admonished Martin Luther King at the outset America’s incursion in Southeast Asia. The ensuing carnage from that ill-fated war has taken on new dimensions four decades later in the aftermath of Bush’s equally disastrous invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the ancestral country of the radical Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen who declared his allegiance to ISIS as he perpetrated the deadliest terrorist offensive on American soil since 911. It is no accident that the devastating Istanbul airport suicide bombing perpetrated by ISIS was inflicted on a country that had likewise participated in those invasions.
Three years ago I put forward an innovative method of identifying terrorists and preempting their intent using a fusion of psychological profiling and breakthrough Israeli WeCU technology (designed also to protect the innocent). I wrote, “FBI procedure of investigating and interviewing suspected terrorists — which failed to identify the Army recruiting station shooter Carlos Bledsoe in 2009, the Fort Hood assassin Major Nadal Hasan the same year, and the Boston bombers — is inadequate and outmoded.” Now add the Orlando mass murderer to the noxious radical Muslim mix. He was interviewed three times by the FBI and incredulously taken off a terrorist watch list.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre CIA director John Brennan admitted that ISIS is intensifying its global initiative and that we are “losing the battle.”
And yet Obama and Hillary Clinton and a good many Republican politicians are fastidious in not calling out radical Islam, refusing even to name the declared credo of the enemy. It is as if identifying radical “Islam” and its history is somehow anathema to humane sensitivities. At present the intrepid Trump stands alone in employing the term and confronting the malaise, albeit amidst vast media ignorance and vilification.
This decline in media discernment was presaged by William Buckley, arguably the most prescient intellect in American journalism in the 20th century. In a discussion on Firing Line entitled “The Rising Tide of Islam,” he cautioned, “The general ignorance in the Western world concerning Islam and its power, latent and active, to move men and create historical events is widely deplored and universally cultivated.”
The time when a prominent political figure like President John Quincy Adams could speak the truth about the usurping nature of radical Islam with impunity is long past. Yet we are now experiencing the “desolation and delusion” he observed in this form of Islam spreading over an “extensive portion of the earth.”
Not even Voltaire’s Enlightenment critique of Mohammed’s brutality and proliferating influence, candidly articulated in a letter to Frederic II of Prussia, would be heeded in the present climate of craven ‘political correctness,’ timid denial, and false, saccharine sentimentality. Nor the reflection of Alexis de Tocqueville, the preeminent French historian of America’s unique democratic institutions, “There have been few religions in the world as deadly” as that of Islam.
Mahatma Gandhi, the foremost moral leader of our time, valiantly contended with what he saw as the culmination of “thirteen hundred years of imperialist expansion” of Islam. Gandhi perceived its “bullying” bearing as the “natural excrescence of an aggressive spirit.”
Still, it was none other than Thomas Jefferson, conceivably the most brilliant and far-sighted of our presidents, who, having read the Qur’an eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, envisioned Muslims as one day being assimilated as citizens of our republic. Yet this ideal was tempered by the eruption of those same usurping elements in radical Islam that is sweeping across Europe and encroaching on America today. When the Barbary states of North Africa waged a war of piracy, enslavement, and submission on American ships, the then President Jefferson asked Libya’s ambassador to London by what right this was taking place. He related the answer to Secretary of State John Jay, and to Congress:
The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
The militant proselytizing of this credo, under which Churchill forewarned, “The civilization of modern Europe might fall,” continues to resonate in the Orlando massacre and indeed throughout Europe. Sweden has become the rape capital of the world since unvetted Muslim immigration was introduced in the 1970s.
It was Jefferson’s first act in office to dispatch forces to counter the piracy, enslavement, and ultimatum of submission on the Barbary shore. Now as nearly a century and a half later the malaise has reached America’s own shores, it is time that rigorous, enlightened counter-measures be adapted to still more compelling mandates.
There are tentative signs that the largely mute Muslim community is assisting in some measure in identifying Islamic militants in our midst, as investigative liaisons have reported. Such liaisons are incumbent on both the values of America and the Muslim-American community. The more radical Islamists continue their murderous Jihad in America, the more vulnerable to prejudice will become higher-minded Muslims, those who aspire to Jefferson’s ideal of assimilation.