London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, and President Donald Trump correctly proclaims, “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.” But what does keeping Americans safe — at least safer than Brits, who have now endured three major Islamist terror attacks since March — actually entail?
Much of U.S. policy continues to be based on the antiseptic George W. Bush-era terminology of the “war on terror.” The sterile notation of “extremists” is still being used in order to misleadingly create a classification that is “ethnically inoffensive.” We’ve become adept at bombing the bad guys in foreign lands. But brilliant tactics and unparalleled technological advantage cannot be confused with comprehensive strategy. Until we develop a comprehensive strategy, we will never kill enough enemies in order to remain ahead of the terror curve.
“Extremism” has not been the catalyst propelling nearly 31,000 events of violent terror that have occurred since 9/11. It has been Islamic extremism. More precisely, it has been the political movement generally referred to as “political Islam.” Terror has been misdiagnosed as the disease. Terror, in fact, is only the symptom. Terror is a single tactic within an entire operational manual that, during political Islam’s 1,400-year history, Islamists have utilized in order to accomplish their political objectives.
Behind every act of terror is a racist and supremacist ideology that accords death or second-class citizenship to non-Islamists — including the majority of Muslims. All terrorists, without exception, feed from this toxic ideological trough. In order to stop terror and to “make America safe again,” as Trump has vowed to do, access to the trough — wherever it is found — must be curtailed. It must be recognized that numerous conduits, protective of political Islam’s anti-pluralist agenda, have become insidiously burrowed within many of our cultural, political, and economic institutions.
Minnesota’s Rep. Keith Ellison, now second in command at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is a passionate supporter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). With Ellison’s nudging, CAIR convinced President Barack Obama to order the FBI to purge its training manuals of any reference to Islam, and to cease any surveillance or profiling activities that were based on Islamic association. It is highly probable that Obama’s handy act was the catalyst for the 36 terrorist incidents attributable to Islamic terror, resulting in 159 fatalities, during his presidency.
Khizr Khan — the DNC’s “Gold Star” father, who functioned as a facilitator for the immigration of ultra-extremist Wahabbists — was symbolically erected as a hero at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Khan is the co-founder of the highly inflammatory Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law, which is published by an entity that is linked to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates have all classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
In order to “make America safe again,” we must swiftly hit the reset button. Instead of adopting policies designed to circumvent the truth about terrorism’s relationship to political Islam, we must hit the institutional reservoirs and ideological purveyors — like CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood — head on. This seemingly delicate task can be accomplished by allowing for the past decade of gruesome Muslim-on-Muslim bloodshed to speak for itself. It would mean properly attributing responsibility for jihadism’s relentless rash of barbarity to political Islam’s history.
Terror can only be truly stopped by piercing the falsely erected First Amendment veil, behind which political Islamist entities have deceptively concealed themselves. Killing bad guys is not a strategy. A sound strategy would target the political, cultural, and economic tendons to which political Islam has attached itself. Only by rooting out the purveyors and ideological infrastructure will we ever be able to crimp the supply line of aspiring jihadists.