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Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11

I know that I have written ad nauseam about the September 11, 2001 horror. I will try not to repeat myself too much, but if we are ever able to eke out a victory over the forces that seek to destroy us, the West, the entire West, we can only do so by remembering that horror and all the others that have followed at the hands of the Religion of Peace,
Islam is not like other religions. It, in fact, is not a religion as we understand religion. Islam is more akin to Communism or Fascism: as previously noted, it offers a complete totalitarian political, economic, and cultural system demanding iron-clad obedience. Islam, in addition, promises sensual rewards in the afterlife for those who die defending or spreading it violently. As with Communism and Fascism, it preys on and takes over the minds and the emotions of the world's losers, of the aggrieved, of those who blame others for their own failings.
We in the West refuse to understand that simple fact, to wit, when Islam says it seeks to conquer us, it means it. Period.

Back on September 10, 2015, I noted that following the September 11, 2001 attack,
While the progressives and their enablers wrung their hands and looked for the causes of Muslim anger, ordinary folks--American, British, Australian, Canadian, and others around the world--went to war. I can tell you as somebody serving overseas at the time as Charge of a US Embassy, there was an electric current running through the air. The Bush people spoke loudly and clearly and laid down one of the great foreign policy lines of our time: "We appreciate your expressions of sympathy and condolences, but now you are either with us or against us." Captained by a furious United States President with blood in his eye, the Western allies moved at record speed and with overwhelmingly lethal force. At home, everybody it seemed was flying the flag; the military recruitment centers were overwhelmed with volunteers. Those were heady days to be an diplomat in the hard countries. Foreign officials listened very intently to what you said; those not particularly well-disposed to us knew that the American diplomat standing in front of them represented a President who had and would pull the trigger. Not many wanted to risk being seen as "against us." The Al Qaeda gang and their Taliban backers never knew what hit them. In weeks they were dead, or on the run. <...>

The West, and the USA, in particular, seemed to have an unassailable position of strength. Alas, that was not to last. Even at this moment of victory, the seeds of defeat had begun to germinate.
As I wrote elsewhere, in the wake of the Paris attacks, "delusions can get you killed,"
I see articles arguing over whether the attack is Al Qaeda or ISIS. Whether this attack is typical of this group or that one. I have said this so many times that I am reluctant to say it again. The issue is not Boko Haram, Hamas, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Jamyat Islamia, or any other terrorist band. The issue is not Islamist "extremism," or a nutty fringe of Islam. The threat we face comes from Islam and the progressive delusions that have allowed Islam to plant itself in our midsts and flourish, grow and operate with near impunity. My friends, as I have written many times (here, for example) progressivism will get you killed. Progressivism, also a totalitarian belief system, is clearly now the deadliest creed on the planet, and has formed a Molotov-Ribbentrop-type pact with Islam. 
Progressivism, above all, is about denying reality and promoting delusion.
Are we finally getting over our delusions?

Well, we took a major step in the USA by electing Donald Trump. It seems from the  limited reporting on it, that we are successfully pursuing a policy of turning large numbers of AQ, ISIS, Al Shabab, etc., into bloody jelly. As we have always known, the Islamists are good at torturing and killing flight attendants and other unarmed civilians,  but they don't do well when confronted by Western military know-how employed as it's meant to be employed. Trump deserves credit for, in effect, putting an end to the ISIS "Caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. That is an achievement not to be slighted. As, however, I noted before (sorry for all the links and links within links) when discussing the execrable Obama/Kerry misadministration's reaction to the attack in Istanbul,
I favor bombing Raqqa into the dirt, and killing these ISIS creeps by the bushel in Iraq and Syria, but it's too late for only that. A desultory bombing campaign against ISIS is not a strategy in what is a global assault against us. Thanks to progressive delusions, laws, and policies, the enemy have boots on the ground in Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and throughout Africa. Their field of operation is not restricted to dusty corners of Syria and Iraq. They have gone global by going local. Thousands of mosques all over the world, including in America, Australia, and Europe, serve as logistical and recruitment centers with social media serving as coordination and communication mechanisms--and all the while our societies' obsession with political correctness provides them protection.
That lethal obsession born of delusion continues,
We should be at war; instead, we are under attack. It should be a total war, not just restricted to drones and incursions in far away hamlets in Pakistan and North Africa. We need to look, inter alia, at our energy policies that send billions of dollars to corrupt Islamist regimes, and at our immigration and public assistance policies that let the enemy into our countries and then pay them to live here, and transform our societies into a copy of the corrupt societies from which they came.
We see the enormous resistance by our media-political-educational-bureaucratic elite to any effort to restrict Muslim migration to the West or to label the true enemy. This would be akin to our having successfully launched D-Day and a massive bombing campaign against Nazi Germany while simultaneously welcoming Nazi, SS, and Gestapo officials to come with their families and live in our cities, and implementing speech restrictions on our citizens that forbid "smearing" all Nazis for the actions of a few twisted individuals who have perverted the philosophy of Nazism.

We are going to win the battle overseas and lose the war at home. That still remains my bleak assessment on this sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 massacres.

33 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree with you Mr Diplomad, Islam is our enemy, it has now slipped through our backdoors and "they have gone global by going local". But it seems like the light now comes from the east. Please listen to this YouTube clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcD__8qynoQ

    Putin gave this speech in Valdai 2013 but it is still valid. He defends Christianity and its role in Western/Russian civilisation. It is an excellent speech. Tell me, is there any Western leader who speaks up like this today ? Christianity is on the rise in Russia. Russians are looking for their Christian roots that many years of Communist rule tried to destroy. Churches are repaired and built. Bitter irony, isn´t it ? Russia builds churches while the West builds mosques.
    The leaders in the East-European countries that are EU-members are also fighting an uphill battle with the EU that want to force thousands of asylum-seekers upon them as " their quota." They refuse and there are now court-battles.
    "We see the enormous resistance by our media-political-educational-bureaucratic elite to any effort to restrict Muslim migration to the West or to label the true enemy". Yes, that is so true, and many of us feel like Alice in Wonderland when looking around. Why is it so ? Who are these people, who is the real wizard of Oz behind those drapes ?
    Swedish lady

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  2. If Islam is the enemy, why is the US so set on vilifying Russia? She would surely be a natural ally?

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    1. Not just in the US. Progressives all over the place have targeted Russia. It's the alliance of those who hate Western Civ.

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    2. Note: Putin is Christian and not a globalist and not into gay rights. So all of the sudden the left is supposedly worried about "democracy" in Russia, as they drift further and further into open espousal of communism here. Would our left be worried about a still communist Russia? I doubt it - except if useful in a collusion conspiracy theoty to bring down Ttump.

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  3. At home we have one always and forever enemy---the Left. It is an eternal cancer within all of Western Culture. For now, Islam is a useful ally. The attitude is mutual.

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    1. Yes, I didn't want to repeat my self too much. I have written before about the Molotov-Ribbentrop alliance between progressives and Islamists.

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  4. Islam far more dangerous than Communism or Fascism. Those ideologies left conquest to the state. Individual Germans or Soviets didn't have a duty in their private lives to seek out non-followers and kill them.

    It's not just "losers" to which jihad appeals. Bin Ladin was from a prominent and rich family, his #2 was a doctor. Rich Saudis, Quatoris and Gulf State sheiks fund terrorism. Two Jordanian doctors employed in Britain died trying to blow up the Glasgow airport. The San Bernardino killer was educated and had a stable job.

    We are screwed. Not only have we let the enemy immigrate to live among us, we allow them to penetrate our institutions, especially the government. As far as I can tell, the FBI is fatally compromised, and maybe DHS. My assumption is the Pakistani IT people working for Dems in Congress were spying for Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood's biggest coup: Huma Abedin would have been at President Hillary's side. The farce of all of this: we don't see this infiltration as something dangerous, but welcome it as "diversity."

    Most Muslims, thankfully, are not devout enough or bloodthirsty enough to want to kill anyone themselves. How many sympathize with jihadi killing? Unknown, but polls suggest huge percentages. How many in America want a Sharia system? Unknown. As long as the religion teaches jihad and sharia, how do we live with Muslims, many of whom seem likeable and decent, without fear and distrust? Unknown.

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  5. As kind of a follow-on to Fukayama's premature 'End of History', Islam seems to be the communists'/progressivists' last chance to dethrone democratic capitalism.

    - reader #1482

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  6. I keep writing that we need to declare a constitutional war against terrorism. Until we do, the progressives and their totalitarian allies the Radical Islamists are protected by the Constitution to recruit and corrupt under our Bill of Rights. We have not declared war since WWII and Congress is afraid to give any president the power of declaration of war; the EO to imprison Japanese-Americans is an example of presidential overreach they fear. The Constitution is not a suicide pact, but PC is making it so.

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    1. The Constitution does not spell out details regarding exactly what language congress must use to declare war. Most recent conflicts have included declarations of wars, such as the AUMF-Iraq. Notably, Obama's invasion of Libya is absent from this.
      afaik, courts have held a low bar when the executive cites a congressional action as a declaration of war... maybe not as far as "hey, they funded the military!", but certainly pretty close?

      - reader #1482

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  7. Good post as always. I've quoted you and linked to you here: https://consul-at-arms2.blogspot.com/2017/09/re-september-11.html

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    1. Thanks. Are you still in State?

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    2. Indeed. Living the dream. I still have a little while before up-or-out narrows to "out."

      My CAA web log had to go fallow while I was abroad in lands of little-to-no connectivity, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of it.

      Keep up the good work!

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    3. I get a "Malware" warning when I try to read your blog.

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    4. Well, that's peculiar. I have no idea why that might be happening.

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    5. I've got some fairly "comprehensive go-roos" installed on my system.

      I'm detecting the malware installer www.deltabravosierra.us on your site Consul-At-Arms. Might Google (or whatever your preferred Search to find if there's a fix available to you on your end.

      JK

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    6. Thanks. I've removed what I think was the problem.

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    7. Some further "conversations" with associates suggest repeat suggest, the installer being "relatively newly in-use" might have something to do with the recent Equifax hack.

      That's as far as I can - without being out-of-bounds - assist within blogdom.

      JK

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    8. Let me know if you still get a malware warning.

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    9. It appears to have cleared. Turned my detectors up to max - four different browsers - and didn't get a peep.

      Give your IT guy my regards Consul-At-Arms (and if it was yourself, when you do retire and the money's not enough, catch me over on D&N ... joking, I'm still in "recovery" myself).

      JK

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    10. Had to remove two links to the old Delta Bravo Sierra web comic that have apparently become conduits for corruption.

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    11. So long as it worked Consul-At-Arms.

      Alpha One Foxtrot Five Tango Four.

      JK

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  8. "the Western allies moved at record speed and with overwhelmingly lethal force": it's my impression that their record speed was not fast enough. If you want to catch mobile guerrillas/terrorists you've got to be faster than the US Army could manage, I suspect. As for the overwhelmingly lethal force it's my memory that W lost interest fairly quickly and diverted troops to his reckless and foolish assault on Iraq. The latter has ended in calamity whereas Afghanistan limps on fruitlessly.

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  9. The Iraq war did not end in "calamity". Obama and Biden were bragging about th he success of Iraq when they recklessly and foolishly withdrew all US forces from the country and abandoning our friends. And by the way, we were fighting homicidal jihadis from around the Middle East - the spiritual core of radical Islam - and we defeated them comprehensively. This was then thrown away by the left.

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    1. Yeah, yeah, you won the first fourteen rounds. It's the fifteenth that counts. You were defeated: knocked out. Whatever exactly it was that your government sought to achieve was comprehensively, undeniably, gruesomely defeated. Unless, of course, calamity was their purpose. I'm loath to assume that even they were quite as stupid as that.

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    2. The United States was not defeated in Iraq. Obama threw in the towel when Al Qaeda in Iraq was down for the count.

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    3. The US didn't go to war to defeat al Q in Iraq. Until the US attacked there was no al Q in Iraq. What did your government hope to achieve in Iraq? To turn it into a Middle Eastern Switzerland apparently. What did it achieve? To turn it into killing fields. Complete failure, and failure in war equals defeat.

      No doubt all your officer corps is taught that "War is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means." Cry into your beer as much as you like, rage at the gods if it makes you feel better. It was a catastrophic defeat.

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    4. "Until the US attacked there was no al Q in Iraq."

      I beg to differ DM.

      After the East African embassy bombings, and the expulsions from the Sudan, AQ "scattered" primarily via Iran (and don't bother voicing dismissals that, "Wha ... Iran's Shi'a idn't it").

      A cursory look at a map of The Greater Sandbox ought be enough to convey the route AQ Central took to get into Afghanistan transits Iraq. Anbar most conspicuously.

      JK

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    5. The Bush administration failed to plan for a successor administration that would be hostile to the interests of both the US and the world. It's *their* failure... because no President can have his hands tied by a prior administration. Obama was doing what he was groomed and promoted to do: hollow out and destroy the US as-it-is/was in the hopes of paving the way for a socialist/communist revolution. These progressivist goons are playing the long game, much like Islam. The conservatives seem to be the short-sighted ones now.
      If the Bush administration had planned for an Obama-future, our involvement in Iraq would've had a much larger footprint and cost a whole heck of a lot more.

      - reader #1482

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  10. " We see the enormous resistance by our media-political-educational-bureaucratic elite to any effort to restrict Muslim migration to the West or to label the true enemy."

    I believe you should add -military to your media-political-educational-bureaucratic elite. Think, for example, Herbert "Islam Is Not At All Islamic" McMaster. Terroriem

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  11. Agree 100%. Until our idiot leaders are deposed and real patriots declare all Islamists as terrorists and then go on to remove them from the West, if necessary as ashes, then the coming and inevitable war will be all the bloodier.

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  12. heh... british PM calls out Trump for shaming UK police for knowing who today's attackers were... he should know better than to make people angry about terrorism in the heat of the moment... right?? he should wait until 'nobody cares about the details'... .it's just more bathtubs attacking londoners.

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