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The Disingenuity of the “War on Terror”

The AP reports that the car explosion that went off in front of Saints Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria killed 21 and injured 96 parishioners who were attending a New Year’s Eve Mass. According to church officials and eyewitnesses, there are many more victims that are still unidentified and whose body parts were strewn all over the street outside the church. The body parts were covered with newspapers until they were brought inside the church after some Muslims started stepping on them and chanting Jihadist chants. On the back of the car used in the attack was a sticker with the words “the rest is coming.”

The White House issued a pusillanimous statement that missed the target in a number of ways. Barack Obama said “I strongly condemn the separate and outrageous terrorist bombing attacks in Egypt and Nigeria. The attack on a church in Alexandria, Egypt caused 21 reported deaths and dozens of injured from both the Christian and Muslim communities. The perpetrators of this attack were clearly targeting Christian worshipers, and have no respect for human life and dignity.” He then went on to bemoan the loss of life in an attack made by the Boko Haram on a military barracks in Abuja, Nigeria that killed more than 20 people of indeterminate religion.

First, there is little, if any, evidence of Muslim casualties. If there were, they would be incidental, as Obama admits. Obama was clear that the “terrorist” attack in Alexandria was aimed at Christians. No one else is suggesting any Muslim deaths or injuries. Obama is clearly trying to bury the anti-Christian nature of the attack by claiming Muslim victims, and combining it with the Abuja bombing. Oddly enough, regardless of the religion of the victims, Boko Haram is a fundamentalist Islamic group attempting to seize power in Nigeria.

Second, Obama cravenly refused to identify the “perpetrators” of what he called a barbaric and heinous act, even though the perpetrators identified themselves as “Al Queda in Iraq.” The Islamic State of Iraq, a militant umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, threatened the Copts of Egypt at the end of October. Egypt was slightly more sanguine, alleging the attack may have been conducted by the Israelis or other “foreigners,” even as Al Queda claimed responsibility. Obama has offered investigatory help to the Egyptians, although since there is evidence that Egyptian security forces were complicit in the attack, it probably won’t be accepted.

Third, there is the continuing use of the phrase “terrorist” to describe both people and attacks. Merriam-Webster defines terrorism as “the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion ,” while it’s defined by Title 22 of the U.S. Code as “politically motivated violence perpetrated in a clandestine manner against noncombatants.” Practically speaking, though, we know it when we see it, to paraphrase Potter Stewart on pornography. What’s important to note is that terrorism is a weapon, or perhaps, a tactic. A terrorist, by definition, is one who uses terrorism to achieve a goal. Implicit in that idea is the notion that a terrorist is motivated by something, to achieve something.

And that is why I suggest that Obama, like Bush and Clinton before him, is a coward. He is quick to denounce terrorism, while ignoring the somethings that drive the terrorist. Imagine if during World War II we had declared war on artillery, or artillerymen. It would have been seen as absurd. How much is different when we declare a war on terrorism? We can decry terrorism as a tactic, and rightly so. But to do so with no regard for the who the terrorist is, and what they want, is an exercise in futility.

The terrorists are Muslims. Their goal is the destruction of western Christendom and the imposition of Islam and Islamic sharia in it’s place. Until the West wakes up, identifies its enemies, and engages them, we are in mortal danger. As individuals, as a society, and as “the last, best hope of man on earth.”



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