Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Don't forget the shadow of the Valley of Death

It's been nearly four years since the Twin Towers came down--the fire, the smoke, the planes, the frantic news coverage, and the chilling pictures of those who chose free-fall over fire. In our world of three-minute ditties, that is an eternity. Most people can hardly remember what they were doing last night. We are, however, quite perceptive (and overly emotive) when it comes to things happening in the here-and-now. We hear something infuriating, our blood pressure rises, and we make a mental note against the source of our anger. We file the irk, and we move on until some new stimuli is received that alters our feeling (which tends to lose intensity over time).

On 9-11, we collectively made note of the extreme Wahhabi and Salafist Islamo-fascist wolves bent on the destruction of all infidels (everyone but themselves). Fast-forward four years. No longer united, many within see the US as far more dangerous than the aforementioned killers. Enter the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Red Cross, and Amnesty International to lead the charge against aggressive policies aimed at beating global terrorism in an attempt to have us redirect our anger and sadness from 9-11 towards America and away from the jihadists. These groups despise President Bush and advocate the death of the West. The most visible object of their disdain is the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Willingly, they are useful idiots:
Although Red Cross employees did not personally witness any mishandling of
Qurans, Schorno said, they documented and corroborated enough reports from
detainees to share them with Pentagon and Guantanamo officials in confidential
reports. Schorno said the Red Cross would not have raised the issue if it had
been an isolated incident, but he would not offer specifics about the number of
Of course he wouldn't. He'd be exposed if he did so. A common thread running through all these complaints is that they are based almost exclusively on allegations (which we'll get to shortly). There are a few confirmed cases of "mistreatment", but even these sparse cases cannot honestly be considered abuse:
They include a guard deliberately kicking the holy book as well as someone writing an obscenity in a Quran. A guard's urine also splashed on a prisoner's Quran... In another confirmed incident, water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet.
Their holy book has been disrespected by US personnel in isolated cases. Of course, the prisoners have desecrated some of the 1,600 copies generously given to them by the US military:
White House officials note that the investigation also found 15 cases of detainees mishandling their own Qurans.
So three times as many Korans have been damaged by the detainees as by US military personnel, and no hard abuse has been substantiated. There is no reason to continue to harp on the fact that the US treats these enemies of civilization with respect and dignity, even while free citizens in the Middle East can be brutalized for simply carrying a Bible. The previously mentioned anti-American groups are comprised of nihilistic Marxists who take moral equivocation to its extreme and will ally with the Islamo-fascists without hesitation to forward their own agenda. What we need not forget is that the jihadists are trained to allege abuse as soon as they are captured. An Al Qaeda training manual reads:

At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators] before the judge. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison... Take advantage of visits to communicate with brothers outside prison and exchange information that may be helpful to them in their work outside prison [according to what occurred during the investigations]... Victory is achieved by obeying Almighty and Glorious God and because of their many sins.

The anti-American groups are more than happy to grant credence to the jihadist's allegations. Of course, the jihadists do advocate and employ the use of torture for their own purposes (under the section "Guidelines for Beating and Killing Hostages"):

We find permission to interrogate the hostage for the purpose of obtaining information. It is permitted to strike the nonbeliever who has no covenant until he reveals the news, information, and secrets of his people. The religious scholars have also permitted the killing of a hostage if he insists on withholding information from Moslems.

We are fighting a war two fronts. Our military, the best in the world, will eradicate the Islamo-fascist vermin on the battlefield. But the other front is waged in the realm of public opinion, and each one of us is involved in that fight. In Sleeping with the Devil, former CIA agent Robert Baer tersely describes the mindset of the enemy (p105):

Promising revenge; placing family, allies, and pawns in positions of power and influence; and above all, never compromising.

He was talking about the jihadist culture, but he might as well have been describing the anti-American groups noted earlier. Appeasement has never worked. We should not be fooled into buying the tripe the anti-American groups try to sell us, and our leaders should not have to bend to these group's destructive will. Keep in mind who these threats are, how they operate, and most importantly, what they are trying to do--destroy civilization as we know it.


faq said...

Promising revenge; placing family, allies, and pawns in positions of power and influence; and above all, never compromising.

yet we think there is a chance for democracy in the middle east? liberal democracy is based on the premises of compromise and gracious defeat. the middle eastern culture has none of these.

crush41 said...

You're probably right. I become more and more skeptical by the day. Here is a post from Parapundit that isn't encouraging. Saudi Arabia is moving extremely slow in democratizing. Cold as it sounds, it's time to pull out militarily from less endowed nations of the world. Bringing back the South African structure of Westerners running industries in less developed nations is probably the best way to go, even if it drives the left nuts.