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About Paul R. Hollrah
Paul R. Hollrah is a freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Our Uncertain Destiny
Paul R. Hollrah
September 15, 2012
On November 4, 1979, a crazed mob of Iranian “students” attacked and seized the US Embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two American diplomats were taken hostage and held for 444 days. On April 18, 1983, a van packed with 400 pounds of explosives drove into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. Sixty-three people were killed. Six months later, a truck loaded with six tons of TNT crashed into the US Marine Barracks at Beirut International Airport. Two hundred forty-one Americans were killed. In December 1983, a truck loaded with explosives was detonated at the US Embassy in Kuwait. Six people were killed. And on September 20, 1984, a truck bomb exploded outside the US Embassy annex in Aukar, northeast of Beirut, killing 24 people.

The terrorism quickly spread to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb exploded inside a Madrid restaurant frequented by American soldiers. In August 1985, 22 Americans were killed when a car bomb was exploded inside the Rhein-Main Air Base, near Frankfurt, Germany. On October 7, 1985, the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was attacked. On April 5, 1986 the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin was bombed. And on December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259.

In January 1993 the terrorism reached American shores when two CIA employees were killed outside CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. A month later, terrorists exploded a bomb in an underground garage at the World Trade Center in New York, killing six and injuring 1,000.

In November 1995, a car bomb exploded inside the US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing seven. On June 25, 1996, the Khobar Towers military barracks in Dhahran was attacked, killing 20 and injuring 500. On August 7, 1998, the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were bombed, killing 224 people. On October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked in Yemen, killing 17 US sailors. And on September 11, 2001, al Qaeda staged its “Pearl Harbor” attack on America, killing more than 3,000.

Now, after nearly four years of weak-kneed Obama tinkering in foreign affairs, we find our US ambassador in Libya sodomized and murdered, along with three of his aides, while embassies in half a dozen other Islamic capitals are attacked and set ablaze.

The enemy who has been attacking us for nearly thirty years is unlike any we have ever faced before. He is motivated not by political ideals or dreams of empire; he is driven by the greatest insanity of all: the fires of religious zealotry. He has no concern for human life; to the contrary, he welcomes death. He wears no uniform on a battlefield; he lives and works among us as a friend and neighbor. He has no concern for the safety of women or children; he hides behind the skirts of women and stores his weapons in schools and mosques. He cannot be bargained with because his religion instructs him to lie to non-Muslims. And he cannot be defeated in a war of attrition because he has a population of nearly 1.5 billion from which to recruit suicide bombers.

Will Europe help to defeat this monstrous enemy? No, the men of Europe have no stomach for war and they appear ready to turn their wives, their children, and their elderly over to the Islamo-fascists without so much as a whimper. It appears that only the United States and Israel will be left to defend western civilization. But Israel depends on the military and economic shield of the US, so how dependable is that shield so long as Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office?

The leaders of the Democratic Party have signaled that, given control of Congress and the US military, they will act exactly like the leaders of Western Europe. They will conveniently forget all of the attacks that have occurred prior to 9/11. They will wash their hands of the blood of all those American dead and they will continue to blame all of Islam’s hatred and all of their blood lust on George W. Bush and/or Israel. They will insist that, had Bush not poked a stick into the Islamic hornet’s nest in Afghanistan and Iraq, Muslims the world over would be kneeling quietly on their prayer rugs, giving thanks to Allah for peace with the rest of the world.

But such is not the case. In a January 2012 article titled, “We are not allies, we are still the infidels,” Major General Jerry Curry (USA, Ret.) put the West’s long term relationship with Islam in perspective. While attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Gen. Curry was partnered with a military officer from an Arab country. They studied together, got to know each other’s families, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. And once he and his Arab partner became friends, an important question came to mind. Without hesitation, he said, “I have a question to ask you, but you may find it a little impertinent, or, perhaps, offensive.”

The Arab replied, “That’s quite alright. We know each other well enough to be honest with each other. So go ahead and ask your question.”

“Well,” the general began, “Each time you Arabs start a war with Israel, they beat your socks off. Why don’t you learn your lesson and quit making war on them?”

The Arab barely paused to think before replying. He said, “My dear friend, you are absolutely right. Each time we attack the Israelis they whip our asses. But have you noticed that, with each loss, we get better? We get whipped not as badly as in the war before.” Then, with a faraway look in his eyes, he pounded the table with his fist and said, “Sometime in the next thousand years we will win!”

Yes, Muslims are convinced that “sometime in the next thousand years” they will defeat, not only the Israelis, but all of the Christian world as well. They know that, by immigrating to all countries of the West, they will slowly but surely out-populate us. They will not assimilate; they will not adopt our western culture. Instead, they will demand that they be allowed to be a nation within a nation, living not under our laws, but under Sharia law.

Islam is not a just a religion; it is far more than that. As Dr. Peter Hammond writes in his book, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat, “Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components... Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.”

Nowhere is that more evident than at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a focal point for Islamic infiltration in the United States. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) boasts that the DNC has “targeted outreach to American Muslims.” The result? The number of Muslim delegates to the Democratic National Convention has quadrupled during the Obama years, while the Jewish chairwoman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, presided over the writing of a 2012 party platform that purposely avoided all references to God and failed to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In every state and in every city of our nation, we find Muslims making non-Western demands on our Western culture, while Obama and his party leaders expect us to be so gullible as to believe that the words “God” and “Jerusalem” were dropped from their party platform by “accident.”

Can we allow Islamists to succeed? Absolutely not. The first step in stopping Islam in its tracks is to embargo the establishment of mosques throughout the Christian world. In a speech before the European Parliament on July 9, 2012, Law and Freedom Foundation attorney, Gavin Boby, claimed success in every one of their 13 legal challenges to the establishment of new mosques and madrassas. In each instance their challenges were based on unlawful commands contained in Islam’s guiding document, the Quran, which contains no fewer than three commands to kill non-Muslims and 14 commands to enslave non-Muslims. According to Boby, the Foundation was not successful by “soft-peddling” Islam, by sucking up to the politically correct who peddle the hogwash, the false hope, that so-called “moderate” Muslims will one day rule Islam. As Boby describes it, “winning” means Islam must go the way of fascism and communism.

The day must come when Muslims find their lives in the West so uncomfortable that they will choose to repatriate to whatever country their forebears came from. Unless we in the West begin immediately to bring that about, American liberals will one day stand at the graves of our children and grandchildren, brutally murdered by Islamic jihadists, loudly debating the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights of their murderers.

If nothing else, the events of recent days should provide us with indisputable evidence that co-existence between Islam and the civilized world is not a viable alternative. The first goal of the Romney administration must be to begin the process of isolating the Islamic world by placing all majority Muslim nations under punishing political, economic, and diplomatic sanctions. All non-essential travel to and from Islamic capitals must be curtailed, their diplomats must be sent home, and immigration quotas for Muslim nations must be eliminated. We don’t need them.

Regrettably, we are unlikely to ever have the cooperation of the political left in doing what is necessary to save our western culture. It is they who make our destiny a very uncertain one.


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