April 24, 2006
It's Time to Stand UpBy Steven M. Warshawsky
After the pro—terror rallies held by Muslims in London last January (supposedly to protest the Danish cartoons of Muhammad), I wondered why there were no counter—protests by ordinary Britons standing up for their country and civilization. I asked at the time :
I also rather proudly compared the British non—reaction to these protests with what I assumed would be a much more vigorous and vocal American reaction if similar protests were held in this country.
I am saddened, and sickened, to admit that I was wrong. Americans, apparently, are just as reluctant to stand up to these insane monsters as the British. Or at least this is true of New Yorkers, who endured the worst of the 9/11 attacks.
Last week the 'Islamic Thinkers Society,' a jihadist group based in Queens, New York, held a hate—filled protest outside the Israeli embassy in New York City — and New Yorkers just shrugged. (HT: Michelle Malkin.) The protest was aimed primarily at urging the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people, at the hands of Iran and its nuclear weapons program. The protesters chanted, among other vile slogans:
But the protesters revealed their plans for America too, when they chanted
and waved a placard with a picture of the White House flying an Islamic flag. The caption?
(See Michelle Malkin's blog for a detailed transcript of the protest.)
How did ordinary New Yorkers react to this pro—terror rally in the middle of their city? They ignored it. Videotape of the protest by an anti—terror organization called Nine Eleven Finding Answers (NEFA) clearly shows numerous pedestrians and motorists passing the protesters with nary a dirty look, let alone any shouts of opposition. See here. The only reaction from the public that I observed on the videotape was by a taxi cab that honked its horn as it drove past the rally. Quite frankly, these probably were honks of solidarity by one of the numerous Muslim cab drivers in the city.
And that was it. No counter—protesters in sight. No New Yorkers shouting in defense of their city. No Jews shouting in defense of their people. No Americans shouting in defense of their country and civilization.
Today's barbarians loudly proclaim their intention to kill and subjugate us, and we just turn away.
It's time to start standing up against the jihadists in our midst, who abuse our freedoms in order to destroy our society. Our government, at all levels, must start doing much, much more to monitor, investigate, and when appropriate arrest, imprison, and/or deport these traitors and terrorists. And because we cannot always rely on our government to protect us, ordinary Americans need to organize new "minutemen" brigades that can be called out at a moments notice to confront these protesters, and to show them that we will not tolerate their hate for our country or their support for our enemies.
Make no mistake: The contrast between our way of life and theirs is stark and irreconcilable. Under Islamic law, as it is practiced in Iran and Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and, unfortunately, in newly—liberated Afghanistan — as well as in certain neighborhoods in London, Paris, and throughout Europe — almost everything that Americans know (and often enjoy) about their lives would be prohibited or destroyed:
Religious and political freedom. Property rights, technological innovation, and economic dynamism. The sexual revolution. Popular and high culture alike, including Hollywood, rock music, opera, and art museums. 'Cosmopolitan' and 'bohemian' lifestyles in our great cities. Traditional lifestyles in our countryside and heartland. And just about everything involving freedom and equality for woman and girls.
Whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a 'clash of civilizations' with radical Islam. Under the domineering influence of radical Islam — both in its 'hard' form of violent terrorism and its 'soft' form of cultural intimidation — our ancestral countries in Europe already are starting to lose their cultural identities and historical freedoms. We cannot let that happen here.
We certainly have our differences in America, between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, the 'red' states and the 'blue' states. But these differences are as nothing compared to the existential gulf that exists between Americans and Islamists.
It is time for all Americans to stand together and stand up in defense of our country and our way of life.
We owe it to our troops who are fighting bravely overseas.
We owe it to ourselves and our posterity.
Steven M. Warshawsky frequently comments on politics and current affairs for The American Thinker and other conservative websites. He can be reached here.