Tuesday, October 5, 2010

America and the 'religion of peace'

Today, Europe and North America are on high alert in the face of unspecified terrorism alerts:

Europe On High Alert for Terrorism Attack

Britain Raises Terror Warning; US Cautions Travelers

VOA News Britain on Sunday warned of the "high" threat of terrorism for its nationals in France and Germany, hours after the United States issued an alert cautioning Americans of the potential for terror attacks in Europe.

War on Terror News here. These threats are nothing new, since it is well documented that the 'religion of peace' has been engaged - in recent history - in an unholy war with the west for at least the last few decades.

From American Thinker:

America's Odyssey with Islamic Terror: The Failure to Retaliate
By Steven Simpson

The Islamic terror attacks of September 11, 2001 did not come as a bolt out of the blue. For close to thirty years, America's record of dealing with the hydra of Islamic terror was at best abysmal. Two earlier attacks, however, and the lack of American retaliation to these attacks, might very well have paved the way for the atrocity of 9/11. These two attacks were the Iranian takeover of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the bombing massacre of the Marines in Beirut in 1983.

On November 4, 1979, hundreds of so-called "Muslim students" or "militants" stormed the American embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking dozens of Americans hostage. The "Iranian hostage crisis" had begun. After 444 days of brutal captivity, fifty-two American hostages were released on January 20, 1981. The attack, sanctioned by the government of Iran, may be considered the date when fanatical Islam began its official war on America.

The imprisonment of the American hostages and the ongoing ordeal that ensued remain one of America's most embarrassing humiliations. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his Islamic Republic of Iran had brought the United States to its knees. Had the Carter administration immediately threatened retaliatory military strikes on Iran's political, military, and oil infrastructures, it is possible that the hostages might have spent 444 minutes of captivity instead of the 444 days that they were forced to endure. Instead, Carter wrote a polite letter to the Ayatollah requesting that the hostages be released. The letter appeared only to embolden Khomeini, who later boasted that "America cannot do a damn thing." The failed rescue attempt on April 24, 1980 only added to America's humiliation and Iran's contempt for Carter and the nation he led.

(The storming of embassies and taking of hostages was not an Iranian invention. On March 2, 1973, members of the PLO stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. The United States ambassador to the Sudan and his charges d'affaires were viciously executed under the explicit orders of the godfather of terrorism himself, Yasser Arafat. The Nixon administration took no action. While the two embassy takeovers had no direct connection, the PLO and Khomeini had excellent relations dating back to the early 1970s.)

When Iran freed the hostages on January 20, 1981, it came minutes after Ronald Reagan had been sworn in as president. Whether the Iranians feared Reagan or wanted to further humiliate Carter is still open to debate. However, if Iran was indeed fearful of Reagan, the fear did not last long. Iran suffered no repercussions from the U.S. after the hostage crisis. Close to two and a half years later, Ronald Reagan would have his first devastating encounter with Iran and its proxies, leaving a trail of American blood in the Middle East...

Mr Simpson has much more here, and it IS a must read. Just about every day, there are glaring examples of why this 'religion of peace' must not be allowed to insinuate its death-loving culture on us in the west. The facts are out there, but America (and the rest of us) seems unwilling, or unable, to connect the dots.

We ignore all the warning signs at our peril. Instead of issuing sporadic, individual terrorism alerts, we should all be constantly vigilant, if we really mean to preserve our western cultures.

Pay attention.

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