The news coming out of Washington after the savage beheading of yet another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, seemed promising, with these words from Vice President Joe Biden:
“We will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice because hell is where they will reside. ..If they think the American people will be intimidated, they don’t know us very well.”
Strong words from a weak Vice President representing an even weaker foreign policy administration, but comforting and energizing all the same. Americans are expecting such a response—and far more— from those in political leadership.
The article continues:
“Obama vowed the U.S. would not forget the ‘terrible crime against these two fine young men.’
‘We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists,’ Obama said. ‘And those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.'”
Though I have not agreed with much that Obama has said or done as President, I wholeheartedly concur with his words. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not his words will be backed with decisive action.
Secretary of State John Kerry added his opinion with this statement:
“‘Barbarity, sadly, isn’t new to our world. Neither is evil.’
‘We’ve taken the fight to it before, and we’re taking the fight to it today,’ Kerry said. ‘When terrorists anywhere around the world have murdered our citizens, the United States held them accountable, no matter how long it took. And those who have murdered James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria should know that the United States will hold them accountable too, no matter how long it takes.'”
I was encouraged by these words of affirmation to American values and our love of both justice and our untiring resolve to bring criminals to answer for their crimes. We have done so in the past and it appears that this White House will continue in some way to furthering this noble legacy.
My readers might understandably be confused at this point, because the title of my post today reads, “Islam and their puppets in the White House.” How does this square with what I have written?
Though Kerry spoke with powerful sentiment in the above paragraphs, his following statement nullifies much of the force of the White House’s strategy in defeating ISIS:
As I previously wrote in another blog, the problem with ISIS is Islam. Kerry’s statement that the “real face of Islam in not what we saw yesterday” may prove to be one of this century’s greatest understatements. And coming from this administration, this lack of clarity and a failure to properly identify our enemies will only thwart our present and future efforts in eradicating this threat from our shores.
We must face facts on this current war on terror: our enemies are Muslims who follow and embrace jihadist teachings in the Quran. It is not Christians, Mormon’s, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Presbyterians, Baptists or Catholics that are cutting off people’s heads and crucifying them, but jihadist Muslims…those who revere Mohammad, pray to the false god Allah and follow the more radical and disturbing teachings of its book, the Quran.
Perhaps you have read the story of the Christian in Syria who was forced to recant his faith, accept Islam—which he did—and was ruthlessly beheaded anyway. I started to watch the video (embedded in the article) but had to turn away when they began to cut his head off.
Though I did not watch the actual beheading, I continued to listen to the audio portion because I wanted to hear what these animals were saying as they beheaded their innocent victim. Were they shouting, “Praise Jesus!” or “Praise the Lord!” while watching their satanically inspired terrorist slice through his jugular vein? No, they didn’t.
They shouted “Allahu Akbar!” meaning, “Allah is great.” This is a common Muslim expression, much like those Christians use as noted in the paragraph above.
I challenge everyone to browse through any Muslim related video on the internet where violence of some kind is predominant. The most common phrase you will hear while the most vile atrocities are committed? That’s correct: “Allahu Akbar!”
Since this is an undisputed fact, how can Kerry say that the real face of Islam is not seen in this latest beheading video? The reality is the opposite: Islam is seen in all of its grotesque form whenever we witness such crimes against humanity at the hands of those who follow Muhammad.
In short, Islam is the problem, and the “real face” of Islam is seen in these atrocities. For Kerry to say otherwise is disingenuous at best and at the worst, an outright attempt to deceive and lie to the American people about the true identity of one of our fiercest enemies today: Muslims who are following the precepts of the Quran precisely as dictated by Muhammad.
One of the greatest deceptions of the American government on its people is the perpetuation of the false notion that Islam is a “religion of peace.” This lie results in an ineffective and weak strategy for combatting and ultimately defeating this enemy that is not only living among us, but is growing in strength, numbers and influence.
Radical Islam and its followers—jihadist Muslims—are the enemy. Wherever they are found, wherever they live, as long as they identify as followers of their prophet and read his unholy book, the Quran, and promise to live by its savage, brutal and inhumane dictates, these are our enemies who must be fought against and defeated.
Muslims, regardless of their claim to be non-violent, must reconcile their pacifist views to the words found in the Quran.
“And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Who are polytheists to Muslims? Christians, those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, God the Son, the second member of the Trinity. Read these verses from the Quran and see for yourself: here and here and here.
The question for non-violent Muslims is simply this: do you, or do you not, follow the teachings of the Quran in their entirety? If they answer “yes,” then they must obey the mandate to “kill the polytheists wherever you find them…”
As Winston Churchill wrote, “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities.” We know that many Muslims desire peace and want nothing more than what most Americans want: to live in harmony, health and happiness among neighbors, in an environment safe, secure and nurturing for their children.
But Churchill continued and wrote: “…but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith…”
Something is inherently wrong in Islam, and it does no good to pretend that one can be a faithful and peaceful Muslim while strictly adhering to the tenets of the faith; this cannot be done, for jihad is spoken about again and again in the Quran. Only by twisting the clear meanings of those verses that mandate the killing of infidels into something different can a Muslim excuse their responsibility for violent jihad.
This is why Kerry is wrong, and inexcusably so. This present administrations lack of clarity in accurately defining the problem with Islam, and their desire to appease its followers, is creating in our country an impossible situation. Islam and American values cannot be reconciled; one must triumph over the other. The sooner we recognize and accept this fact, the sooner we will embark on a plan to solve it.
It is difficult being a moderate, peace-loving Muslim who eschews all forms of violence when the book you read for inspiration and guidance—the Quran—contains these jihadist passages that command the killing and beheading of infidels. And it is difficult for non-Muslims like myself to understand how you peace-loving Muslims can remain in this religion due to the amount of horrific savagery that is constantly being perpetrated under the umbrella of Islam.
Again, I understand that many Muslims, perhaps even the greatest majority, do not follow or embrace the most violent strains of jihad taught in the Quran. But the reality is that these passages are in there, and according to my understanding of Islam, all faithful and true Muslims are required to follow them. How do non-violent and jihadist rejecting followers of Muhammad answer this perplexing question?
I am very interested in reading your responses and hearing your arguments.