“Terrorists know more about America, than America knows about them. These [Terrorists] are people who have lived in America, they have studied America, they know how the media works, they know how the psyche works….they know how we function, so they are more efficient in fighting. We don’t know them and that’s a very big problem. Ignorance is very dangerous now.” –Marianne Pearl, widow of Daniel Pearl (Journalist beheaded by terrorists)
They know us better than we know ourselves. That’s a dangerous place to be if the “they” are our enemies. And in the case of our current and most accessible enemy, Jihadists …“they” are.
Since well before the Muslim terror attacks of 9-11, Islamists have been studying us. Our ways, our thoughts, our ideology…and most of all: Our vulnerabilities.
And those vulnerabilities can easily be exploited if we continue to view their words and deeds through Western values.
We value truthfulness in our agreements with other nations and peoples. But entering into a treaty with those of the Islamic ideology would be a dangerous endeavor for anyone in the West. This due to the fact that integrity is not a shared value with Islamists. They are permitted, and do, lie to infidels in the West for the sake of Islam and Allah (Taqiyya). If we were to look at the Israel-Palestinian conflict, we would see proof that the Muslim side, the Palestinian Authority (PA), have not honored one agreement they have made with the “West in the Middle East’” or Israel.
There is a growing population of Islamists who believe it is an honor to send their sons to die for Allah…as they kill infidels. A study done at Monash University in Australia found the pattern is in keeping with studies of Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Turkish terrorists, which revealed that about one in five involved individuals were direct kin, while seven in 10 were close friends as youths.
The mother of a suicide bomber said in an interview: “I am a compassionate mother to my children,… Because I love my son, I encouraged him to die a martyr’s death for the sake of Allah… Jihad is a religious obligation incumbent upon us, and we must carry it out. I sacrificed Muhammad as part of my obligation. This is an easy thing.”
A bizarre and disturbing statement that displays the antithesis of Western thought.
How many think this way?:
Various stats have affirmed that only 7-10% of the Muslim world is radical. But with an estimated 1.3 billion following Allah…that would give us about 100-150 million radicals…and growing. The 90-93% that will not behead us, support their brethren in silence. What exacerbates the situation is the high illiteracy rate, coupled with a draconian government with its tentacles enveloping every aspect of the culture with an iron umbilical cord, from the Quran, wrapped around the throat of every citizen: Muslim or Dhimmi (infidel living under Islamic rule).
It is fair to say that, aside from Israel, a general anti-West mindset is endemic to the Middle East (as well as other Islamic nations). And when the West finally assimilates this, we will be on the road to victory over tyranny…for as Thomas Jefferson once said: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
Shalom through strength…
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