A few days ago, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, tragedy hit but, luckily, also missed.
We must repeat it again and again, the shooting was not caused by the free-speech event.
At the same time, focusing on defending this particular point is distancing public opinion from the real issue.
It was not caused by any organiser or the many diverse participants.
Just as no one can accuse Charlie Hebdo to have caused their own tragedy, or the Jillands Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the anti-Islam cartoons, of having caused theirs.
They are the victims.
The violence has been caused by the Islamic supremacist ideology, their prophet and sharia law that incites Muslims to kill those they judge to have insulted Islam and provoked the ire of irrational Muslim murderers.
The violence is also caused by the leftist governments worldwide who are aiding and abetting the enemy, i.e., Islam promoting and inciting barbarism throughout the world.
To give an example, when in the past Christians have been offended by Piss Christ, they did not respond by condemning the artist to death, or by killing him or wanting to kill the organisers.
It would have been unthinkable to try to blow up the National Endowment for the Arts, the co-sponsor of the “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition which awarded the winning prize to Piss Christ.
Note that the National Endowment for the Arts is United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects, without controlling content.
Had anyone dared done anything against the artist, or the Endowment, one would have blamed the perpetrators and in no way the provocateurs, whether sponsors, artists or organisers.
Free speech is a right given by democratic societies.
While many argue that freedom of speech should not be irresponsible, the fact is that using one’s freedom of speech is legal.
Legally speaking, therefore, many argue that a vigorous exchange of ideas helps achieve sensible policies.
That is a contestable premise, to be discussed at another point.
The question is: Does the right to say, do and provoke whatever you want, give you also the right to endanger people’s lives?
After all, I doubt any Westerner would be willing to give his/her life to test the waters with the boys of the Islamic State.
Nevertheless, blaming and defending the provocateur for the violence is distracting from the main issue.
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, my outfit, Benador Associates self-assigned role was to try to unite the many faces and intellects from the conservative and neoconservative scene and strengthen the united voice to defend the cause of America.
It was one of the leading conservative and neoconservative answers given to the attacks of Sept. 11 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
At the same time, working with somewhat famous people and other relatively influential writers was a challenge because of an important yet, from my vantage point of view, zapping factor: the ego issue.
Experience tends to show that, given time, ego always comes across to blur the lines between personal satisfaction and pride; denting on the humongous yet fragile issue of the cause to secure nation and keep the people safe.
The respected Rich Lowry writes in the National Review:
“Geller is an attention-hungry provocateur who will never be mistaken for Bernard Lewis, the venerable scholar of Islam. Her Texas gathering to award a cash prize for the best cartoon of Mohammed — depictions of whom are considered offensive by many Muslims — was deliberately offensive, but so what?”
Now Pamela Geller has been personally threatened by the Islamic State barbarians. That was to be expected.
As a corollary, she has cancelled her appearances for security concerns.
“The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.”
Now, Ms Geller got the attention she wanted, but beware what you wish for.
This kind of attention is most certainly unwanted and at this point neither the FBI nor Homeland Security have contacted and neither have they taken the measures to protect her.
Unacceptable and abhorrent.
We wish her and those around her to stay safe.
LET US KEEP FOCUSED
That said, the main problem remains the same and we should not forget it for a second.
Western civilisation and America are fighting on two fronts:
On the one side, there is the endless terrorism-inciting-Islam and their barbaric terrorists, ever expanding to achieve their prophet’s order for world domination under sharia.
On the other side, are the leftist leadership worldwide, facilitating and empowering Islam’s take over of their countries.
These are the real problems and this is what Americans should be focusing on right now:
In reality, as time has passed, it is obvious that Islamic State is alive and kicking, getting more recruits by the day.
Those joining in their jihad are in great numbers, males and females, bringing in fresh blood to offer to Allah hu Akbar.
Obama and his Administration have shown and will continue showing complacency towards the cause of Islam, as well as contempt for the cause of the country which they are gleefully betraying.
Indeed, the Muslim cause is not only assertive in their threats now.
After Garland, they seem more emboldened than ever.
Garland may well have been the expression of freedom of speech yet, expecting the savages to be check mated, is truthfully a futile exercise.
You would not expect a bulldozer not to continue its path when you place yourself in its harm’s way.
To be sure, after Garland, the suspense is growing.
The Islamic State keeps on expanding.
For them a few dead of their own, does not mean failure but stepping stones in their path to victory.
What should Americans do?
Americans missed the chance to wake up and rally in the Tahrir Square-style for which the valiant Egyptians left a how-to-do manual.
Now, Americans are being pushed and cornered by the barbarians.
Soon they will not be able to escape destiny. And by God I hope I am mistaken.
It is the duty of Americans to stubbornly remember that Obama and his team are the enemy within and Islam and their barbaric terrorism are the enemy without.
The war that so many men and women in the American military fought against an enemy they hoped to keep at bay, is now entering mainland America.
Alas, it will not be a traditional war, following the rules of traditional battles.
Rather, it will be a surreptitious, twisted and encroaching war. A treacherous asymmetrical war.
It was Dwight D. Eisenhower, as a five-star general and the supreme commander who, on the eve of the D-Day invasion, warned his troops, “Your task will not be an easy one,” because “your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped, and battle-hardened.” As president, Eisenhower’s most famous statement about the military was his warning in his farewell address of what could happen if its political influence grew unchecked.
Obama is undoubtedly no Eisenhower. And nowadays, the American military is far from being the finest fighting force in the history of the world.
However, in the face of a war that will be waged against innocent civilians by barbarians, allow yourself to be inspired by the advice of an incomparable war leader and strategist, the Chinese military general Sun Tzu:
“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
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