The Islamofascist challenge

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

The editorial from the Washington Times explores George W Bush speech to the National Endowment for Democracy about the specific threat the United States faces today: Islamofascism.

Mr. Bush also warned state sponsors of terror such as Iran and Syria that Washington “makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they’re equally as guilty of murder.”

Bush further noted that there is growing support for withdrawing American troops from Iraq and that doing this would be catastrophic.

“This is a dangerous illusion, refuted with a simple question: Would the United States and other free nations be more or less safe, with Zarqawi and bin Laden in control of Iraq, its people and its resources?”

And in a pointed attack of soft countries like Germany, France and New Zealand.

“There’s always a temptation, in the middle of a long struggle, to seek the quiet life, to escape the duties and problems of the world, and to hope the enemy grows weary of fanaticism and tired of murder. This would be a pleasant world, but it’s not the world we live in. The enemy is never tired, never sated, never content with yesterday’s brutality. This enemy considers every retreat of the civilized world as an invitation to greater violence.”

He also didn’t hold back on criticism of “support” coutries, the media, in particular the Islamist media.

The danger from these jihadists is magnified by “helpers and enablers” including “allies of convenience like Syria and Iran, that share the goal of hurting America and moderate Muslim governments, and use terrorist propaganda to blame their own failures on the West and America, and on the Jews,” Mr. Bush noted. They are aided and abetted by “elements of the Arab news media that incite hatred and anti-Semitism, that feed conspiracy theories and speak of a so-called American ‘war on Islam’ — with seldom a word about American action to protect Muslims in Afghanistan, and Bosnia, Somalia, Kosovo and Iraq,”

These sentiments are exactly why New Zealand should have been aiding the US in Iraq, not standing back and hiding behind the supposed lack of a UN mandate.


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