FROM THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE MILLENIUM DEPARTMENT:
Former Conservative Republican Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says, “Next President Must Understand Challenge of Radical Islam,” according to a CNS News headline: Â http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=38453.
No kidding, Rick!Â
More to the point, most Americans and one presidential candidate seem unable to fully understand that challenge, or the danger, or the threat posed by Islamic radical fundamentalists.Â
That presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, may become our next president.Â Â Â Â
IÂ address those issues, the challenge, the danger, and the threat to America,Â throughout my book and it is important to realizeÂ thatÂ they are three separate, although interrelated, issues.
First, the challenge:
We Americans must realize that Islam is no longer that relatively quiescent religion of recent centuries.Â Indeed, Islam is at its heart an extremelyÂ violent and warlike faithÂ and has been throughout its long history.Â It is only because nations which were ruled by Muslims, for the most part,Â had devolved into backwater, Third World countries over the centuries that we hadn’t heard from them.
Radical Muslims have now gained a foothold, a financial base in Mid East oilÂ treasures and for the last three decades haveÂ been waging war againstÂ Western civilization.
The most significant international, and domestic,Â challenge to America and toÂ our next president will be to comprehend that new reality of geopolitics in the twenty-first century and to come to grips with how the West must deal with it.
Denial, ignoring threats and hoping they will just go away, is best suited to ostriches.Â For the West it is suicidal.Â Islam has no intention of “just going away” and its greatest advantage in its quest to conquer the West is the refusal of too many Americans to accept the fact that we are at war.Â Pretending otherwise is easier, more comfortable, more sleep-inducing– and fraught with serious peril.
Second, the danger:
Islamists do not anticipate losingÂ the Third World War.Â Â Over aÂ thousand years ago,Â they lostÂ mostÂ of the Crusades and, incredibly, many of them still harbor hostility and seek revenge for thoseÂ defeats of eons past.Â The danger inherent in ignoring that challenge and that truth is beyond anything most living Americans today can conceive.Â
Our forebears suffered through a horrendous period in American history, the Great Depression and the Second World War.Â That Depression, notÂ one of thoseÂ wussy recessions that we hear so much about lately, was aptly named since it not only crippled world economies but wreaked deprivations unimaginable to most living Americans upon the millions of people then dependent on those economies.
Aside from hardships such as 40% unemployment, lack of adequate food, lack of decent shelter, and the worst hardship, a lack of hope in the future, the worst danger today relates to our very prosperity today.Â Not only can Americans not come to terms with the challenges we face but should we ultimately be forced to deal with those challenges the question is, would we be able to?
The United States and the rest of the WestÂ have prospered intoÂ nations ofÂ spoiled, over-indulged people, people who have on the whole not been subject to personal suffering, widespread shortages of essential goods and sevices, or major strife on a planetary scale.Â
The danger to our very continuation as a powerful, prosperous nation, or as a nation, is that we may no longer have the moral fortitudeÂ to deal withÂ major challenges and losses which test our mettle.
Finally, the threat:
The prime threat to America and Americans is our ennui and self-satisfaction.Â Â A very real, and unsettling,Â plausibility is that when push comes to pushing back, if and when we are faced with certain unpleasant options, that we will fail to exercise the only option that would insure our survival.
The immediate threat to that survival may well be radical Muslims but the far more dangerous threat is our lack of resolve to do what needs to be doneÂ to confront and defeat that enemy.Â If we do not recognize the threat as real, howÂ can we possibly resist and overcome it?Â
Despite their new foundÂ synergism and determination, no Islamic nation or group of nations, or sinister and coordinated rogue extremists,Â are in any position to defeat and subjugate the United States.Â Their strategy, instead, has been and will continue to be attacks such as those they conducted on September 11th, 2001, as well as the dozens of terrorist attacks before and since that second day of infamy.
The fact they have not been able to replicate those attacks is attributable to the latest devil of the left, George Bush, and resisting repeatÂ onslaughts will be the chief responsibility of the next president.Â
Should that man be John McCain, he will become the new devil to the Left, toÂ be pilloried and ridiculed by Democrat liberals as BushÂ has been for years.Â Â
Should it be Barack Obama, resistance may well be supplanted by a naive and foolish pacifism and fruitless attempts at negotiation withÂ madmen. Ultimate defeat will be the consequence.
The Bush Doctrine, essentiallyÂ asserting the right of the United States to do all and anything inÂ its power to pre-empt future 9/11′s, is critical to our continuation as a vital and great nation.Â Â
That doctrine, as well asÂ agencies and forcesÂ designed to implement and enforce it, will be cast to the wayside by a President Barack Obama.Â In the interests of internationalism, and collusion with the United Nations, America’s national securityÂ will be put at risk to re-establish our international reputation at the same time it places our future in the hands of many of those same nations which despiseÂ us.Â
The challenge, the danger, and the threat to the United States of terrorism must be of paramount concern now and indefinitely, for as long as our security is endangered.Â Â Without it nothing else really matters.Â Â Â