Friends, I’ve never shied away from putting the Boot of Truth to subjects that need it, here on The Takedown. It’s one of the reasons the site exists, and it’s one of the reasons stated for its existence. Some may not agree with what I write, or am about to write, but I hope that it will not drive anyone away, even so.
I believe that we – not just we in the United States, but we in the world – all peace loving, freedom loving individuals are at war. We are at war as surely as the world was on that December 7 some 74 years ago when planes roared overhead at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in what would become forever known as “a date which will live in infamy.” Being a resident of the United States, that attack holds a special meaning for me, as it represents a sneak attack upon my country which was the ultimate reason why we entered World War II. I am of the opinion we should have been involved much sooner, but I also was not there, and do not believe in second-guessing those who were from the comfort of my home 3/4 of a centuries later.
There are parallels between that time and this, between that happening and what we see happening now that I believe to be both frightening and incredible, and it is for those reasons I post this.
In that time, there was a ruthless and determined enemy that was willing to continue to cry “Peace! Peace!” while all the time preparing for war and, indeed, carrying it out. Negotiations toward peace continued up until the Japanese fleet left to travel to Pearl Harbor, and even after, as I recall from history.
In that time, it was the Japanese. In ours, it is the forces of Islam.
Before I continue, let me make one thing VERY clear. It does not make one “Islamophobic,” “a bigot” or any other of the conversation-stopping terms thrown around today to recognize that there are tenets in the teachings of Islam (not ‘just radical’ Islam, either – Islam; The Koran) that support the faithful’s right to lie, to cheat, and to engage in terror and terrorist actions against anyone not of that faith. Instead, it makes one willing to look at the reality of a situation and face facts. It doesn’t mean that every single person of the Islamic or Muslim faith is really a disguised terrorist, either; but it DOES mean you accept the possibility that, given that premise, the possibility exists in the same way that a realistic view of life accepts the fact that every person is capable of violence, given the right set of circumstances. If stating that fact makes me somehow “phobic,” then I guess whomever believes that will have to stop reading my blog. I am not one to join in the singing of the strangely American chorus of “It can’t happen here” or to believe that if we’re all just nice to everyone, they’ll be nice in return. THESE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED HERE, AND ELSEWHERE. THEY CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. (I respectfully submit this in support of that view. I believe it explains it completely and well. The rest you’ll have to find yourself. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm )
Whenever an event like this occurs, there are always those in the Muslim community who stand up and go on loud and long about how “they” don’t want any violence and “they” aren’t terrorists and “they” are afraid of reprisals and “being judged.” My question is this – why don’t “they” decry the actual violence being perpetrated? When CAIR trots out lawyers who deflect and defend the murderers of 14 innocent people in California, why don’t “they” stand up and make it LOUD AND CLEAR that “they” don’t support that or appreciate it? Why don’t “they,” as American citizens, make it very clear that “they” neither support nor condone how their fellow Muslims use the teachings of the Koran as a reason to murder people who aren’t of their faith? Where are “they,” as a community, standing up to decry the slaughter of Christians in other countries?
Remember Pearl Harbor. As the Japanese fleet left, negotiations were still ongoing. It’s something to consider.
That brings me to my next point; appeasement. In the days of Pearl Harbor, appeasement was in full swing. Post World War I, there were those who felt that Germany had “legitimate grievances” and so that excused their actions in the lead up to what became World War II. We hear that today in those who excuse the actions of terrorist groups by blaming Israel, the U.S and its policies and even climate change (!). Blame ANYTHING – except the real reason. That’s too touchy. That’s too real. Appease them and they’ll leave us alone, eventually. Notice that the ones being killed aren’t the ones with 24 hour a day bodyguards, fenced in homes and Secret Service protection? They’re the ones calling for appeasement and dodging the issue while the average person is being killed. Consider that.
There were those who admired Hitler and Mussolini, feeling that they were strong, patriotic leaders rather than brutal Fascists and dictators. We hear that today in those who take up the hue and cry of “freedom fighters” and “rebels” rather than terrorists and murderers. In fairness, though, this is nothing new; look at how sanitized the legacy of Che Guevara has become to those who admire him and wear his image proudly.
There were those who, after World War I, wanted “peace at ANY price.” We see that not only in the US, in which we have a government that does literally almost anything it can to classify terrorist actions by Islamic persons as something else, but we see it in many other countries as well. Murder, done as a man yells “Allahu Akbar!” (‘God is great!’ or ‘God is the greatest!’) is classified as “workplace violence.” A couple murder 14 people in San Francisco and before the bodies are cold or the evidence in, it’s classified as “a gun problem” (Never mind that it happened in a State with some of the, if not THE strictest gun laws in the USA). In perhaps the most tragic point of all, there were those who saw suspicious activity but said nothing, fearing they’d be accused of “profiling.” “If you see something, say something” has been replaced by “Don’t say anything or you’ll be classified as a bigot and silenced.”
Friends – there is a very old saw that says that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I realize that this is just a blog; it’s hardly something that is going to shake the foundations of the world, nor would I ever expect it to. However, if just one person reads it and is emboldened to not be lulled into a sense of “Oh, things are fine – the government/state/those in power can handle it,” this will be worth it. On that note, I feel compelled to point out what I am NOT SUGGESTING. I am NOT suggesting that we:
- Begin to look at every person of Middle Eastern descent as an “enemy”
- Begin to treat any and everyone who is a Muslim in a hostile, unkind manner just because they are a Muslim
- Remove the rights and privileges guaranteed to every human being from someone just because of where they come from
I am advocating that we, as a nation and as a world, face facts and realize that there are people out there bent on the destruction and subjugation of anyone not aligned with their faith; and further that we not be afraid of what society, our friends, “the media” or anyone else will say if we stand up and speak the truth to those in power.
Don’t be one of those who, after the fact, says “I knew, but I didn’t do anything/say anything because I was afraid of….” Someone’s life – your life – the life of someone you love – may depend on your vigilance. Be that person. Be vigilant. Be observant. Don’t be paranoid, don’t see an enemy behind every blade of grass; but be vigilant. It is, after all, the price of freedom.