Don’t Believe the Enemy’s Propaganda

It’s important to remember that the vast majority of Muslims in the world are peaceful people, with families and jobs and lives, who have nothing to do with terrorism. A very small percentage of Muslims are extremists, and the extremists terrorize other Muslims as well as non-Muslims, because they believe anybody who doesn’t subscribe to their particular militant interpretation of Islam is an infidel.

We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with an international network of terrorist organizations, led by fanatical extremists who use a radical interpretation of Islam as their justification.

We are at war because we were attacked on our own soil, and because our enemies have declared war on us. We are not at war because the people who attacked us are a different religion than most of us are. It’s an unfortunate, unfair, and dangerous distortion that some people insist on portraying this conflict as America vs. Islam. It does a great disservice to the vast majority of Muslims in the world, who are not terrorists, and do not support terrorism, and are not at war with the United States.

It also does a great disservice to us, because it serves our enemies’ interest to convince the world that this a war between America and the religion of Islam. That’s why the Jihadist leaders keep repeating it. Over 20% of the world’s population is Muslim. If the militant Islamic leaders could convince the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world that America is at war with Islam, our enemies would outnumber us 6 to 1. It does not serve our interests to buy into, or to help propagate, this Jihadist propaganda.

I’m not trying to minimize the threat. The threat is very real. There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. If even 1/10 of 1% of them buy into the radical ideology of the extremists, that’s close to 2 million people who would gladly give up their lives to see us destroyed. And they have attacked us on our own soil, which is not something a nation can ignore. We had no choice but to respond to their declaration of war against us. And to retreat now would be perceived as giving up, sending the message that we don’t have the strength to continue prosecuting this war, which would only embolden our enemies and invite further terrorist attacks.

We can’t give up and go home without bringing the war home with us. But we need to remember who the enemy is, and not confuse the religion with the worldwide network of terrorist organizations that twist its teachings to justify their heinous acts.


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  1. Very true. I wish more people realized this.

  2. I believe it dangerous to disregard the threat of Islam, couching this religion as benign, because 99% of them won’t practice jihad. These are the unfaithful.

    Islam is far and away the largest and most powerful enemy of Judeo Christian people. It is the great satanic religion which will force Armageddon under the Antichrists direction. IMHO

  3. You say “largest and most powerful enemy of Judeo Christian people” as if non-Christians would really care. I personally find organized religion in general to be a huge threat, but I’m not about to take action based on that belief.

  4. I wasn’t going to comment on this one but I can’t help myself. :)

    This will sound familiar, of course…

    You can’t be at “war” with a group of people. You can only be at “war” with a country.

    Terrorists without state sponsorship are nothing more than criminals. I don’t hear anyone on the national stage claiming that murderous criminals should go unpunished.

    I think the “war” argument may be the biggest lie of our time.

  5. We have done more to empower and embolden the terrorists that we were supposed to be trying to defeat since GWB took office…more of the Muslim world is against us now than before. Al-Qaeda is more powerful now than they were in 2001. We are losing…doing more of the same will not change anything.

    We have spent more on “defense” in this country than all of our potential adversaries (and allies for that matter) combined many, many, many times over for decades and decades now. The “threat” has been overblown. Do not be afraid. When you are afraid…the terrorists win. Also, our govt. wants us to be afraid so that they can more easily manipulate us.

    “It is the great satanic religion which will force Armageddon under the Antichrist’s direction.”

    I’m sorry sir, but you are a loon of the first order IMHO. Get your religious nonsense out of our politics please.

  6. I think this war has been poorly prosecuted, and the enemy underestimated. But, given that, what should we do now? We didn’t start this war, and we can’t walk away from it. If we try to leave it there, it will follow us home. That’s what the enemy has promised. And I believe them. They’ve already demonstrated their capability.

    This is a whole new kind of war, not comparable to any war in which the United States has ever previously been engaged. That’s what makes it so difficult to win. Is it possible to win a war against an international underground network of terrorist organizations? I don’t know. But I do know it’s possible to lose, and I don’t believe we can afford to do that.

  7. We didn’t invade their land in the past, support dictators that oppressed them in their own counties, supported just about whatever our ally Israel wanted to do to their own, defenseless people? I think we did. We’ve fought insurgents before in other, smaller wars too.

    “What should we do now?”

    Does this sound familar?:
    “Bring the vast majority of our troops home from Iraq. Put more troops into Afganistan to stop the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Get Pakistan to be ‘with us or against us’ in fighting Al-Qaeda in their own country. Confront those ‘small handful of very wealthy countries’ to stop funding terrorism and assist the U.S. and the rest of the West (and Russia if need be) to bring a two-state, peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine problem. Wean ourselves off foreign oil with a real alternative energy program for the USA. Problem solved…”

    Your “solution” is just more of the same, failed strategy apparently…that boat sailed a long while ago…

    Why are we even fighting a war so ferociously if you’re not even sure that we can win it? When you believe that the war “will follow us home”, you fall right into the hands of the terrorists…”be afraid…be very afraid.” Try and stop being afraid and start thinking…you’re obviously not stupid. :)

    Do you really think that a bunch of people that reside and plan their actions in caves and small villages will be able to take down the most powerful country that’s ever existed on the planet?? The only people that can do that is us, Americans.

  8. [quote] Do you really think that a bunch of people that reside and plan their actions in caves and small villages will be able to take down the most powerful country that’s ever existed on the planet?? The only people that can do that is us, Americans.[/quote]

    They are well on their way in Europe, and are infiltrating here, utilizing our freedom of religion clause. If we want to ignore their stated tenets and goals of world domination, so be it. Islam is a religion where complete intolerance of all other religions is fundamental.

    This most powerful country that has ever existed is in its last days. You will believe that soon enough, but too late for remediation.

  9. This is not a religious war. This is not a Crusade. You show *your* ignorance (and intolerance) of what Islam is really about when you speak the way you do.

    The most powerful country in the world will only be able to tear itself down at this point. We, unfortunately, have been doing that recently by straying from what America stands for, which is wrong. When a Democrat gets back into the White House in 2009, things will get better in this regard IMO.

  10. “assist the U.S. and the rest of the West (and Russia if need be) to bring a two-state, peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine problem.”

    This is silly. The elected Palestinian government (Hamas) does not want a two-state solution. If they did, there would be a two-state solution. No elected Palestinian government has ever wanted a two-state solution. If that is not obvious to you, you’re tripping, dude.

  11. And you are lying, dude. A two-state solution is wanted by majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians. Hamas is only in charge of the Gaza Strip. Did you see Bush meeting with anyone from Hamas on his recent trip to the Middle East? Nope.

  12. Ignorance of what Islam is about? Ignorance is ignoring what Islam is about.

    When a Dem gets back in the White House, we’ll abandon the war on terrorists, and slowly back away from our commitments to Israel. We’ll step up normalizing homosexuality, further strengthen the humanistic education of our children, and return to weakening our military. Liberalism is a disease.

  13. hill said: “When a Dem gets back in the White House, we’ll abandon the war on terrorists, and slowly back away from our commitments to Israel. We’ll step up normalizing homosexuality, further strengthen the humanistic education of our children, and return to weakening our military.”

    Sorry, but this is bad how?

  14. Hill believes that liberalism is a “disease.” To convince me, he will have to show the symptoms following the application of each approach, conservative and liberal, to various issues of the day. He will have to prove that one approach produces harmful effects and the other does not.

    If he can do that then maybe I’ll join his team of scientists working hard on a cure.

  15. “And you are lying, dude. A two-state solution is wanted by majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

    This is utter crap. The Palestinians simply don’t want Israel to exist. They never have. Until they come to terms with the historical inevitability of the existence of Israel, nothing will change.

  16. I suggest that you honestly evaluate the dialouge that goes on in Israel today, and you will see that what I say about who wants what is correct. There are some groups that don’t want Israel to exist, but that is not a majority opinion anymore. Israel has one of the most powerful militaries on the planet and they have nuclear weapons. Israel isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  17. “Israel isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”

    I agree.

  18. I think you better read current polls from Muslims in various parts of the world – from the “peaceful” ones.

    The majority are fine with suicide bombers and terrorist activities.

    100% would rather have Sharia law rule them than the US Constitution (those in the USA).

    Since I have yet to see these majority of “peaceful” Muslims band together and condemn the “few” bad ones I think your claim is unfounded and without fact.

  19. I believe I was speaking of Israeli and Palestinian polls. I have no doubt that a lot of Muslims across the world are fine with people fighting back the only way that their desperation allows them too.

    To disparage an entire group of people based on their religion alone is playing right into our enemy’s hands IMO. What’s the difference between living under the Bible or the Koran? The U.S. Constitution favors neither, and it never will.

  20. When the PLO, under Arafat successfully negotiated for a 2 state solution, with Israel giving up so much for it, Arafat walked out angrily. He didn’t want a 2 state solution, only a single state, which excluded Israel. All talks stop when the Palestinians are faced with a final solution. To become a country, would require them to conform to the world community, and they can’t, nor can they rule themselves.

  21. Arafat is dead…the PLO is kaput. That deal that he was offered at Camp David wasn’t a real deal…no control of their own borders or airspace, no contiguous land, etc., etc….even Bushy Boy sez it wasn’t a real deal (the “Swiss cheese” comments that he made over there recently). Would you feel like you were in control of your own home if you couldn’t get between your living room and your bathroom, or between your bedroom and your kitchen, without going thru a checkpoint that wasn’t under your control? I doubt it.

    The Palestinians have never been given a chance to really rule themselves. You’re showing your bias against them IMO. We need to be a fair broker in the Middle East, and we haven’t yet.

  22. Can you broker a lasting peace between lambs and wolves? And stupid wolves that kill each other over scraps.

    Bush has Condi on a useless mission, where women are concidered sub human.

  23. Israel will enjoy no lasting peace until the return of her Messiah…It’s in the Book…

  24. Sorry “hill”, but your Bible-thumping won’t help the Middle East. It’s already done the opposite actually.

    The Israelis don’t sound like “lambs” to me BTW. They have one of the most powerful militaries in the world & nuclear weapons. The Palestinians are people with human rights just like you, period.

  25. Hi
    I’m a Muslim. It’s a right for Palestinians to defend their country, and I think as you said truely it’s just a propaganda.
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