AN UNBELIEVABLY LARGE PERCENTAGE of people in democratic countries think Islamic terrorists are killing people because they're angry. The terrorists don't want U.S. forces in Iraq. They don't want the U.S. to support Israel. They're angry about these things, so they attack. But as I said in a recent post, that is not why they are attacking. They are in a war, Muslims against Infidels (and against moderate Muslims).
Whatever the West does, the terrorists will criticize it and use it as an excuse, but they will keep attacking, and they will keep trying to find bigger weapons to attack with. It doesn't matter what we do. What matters is that we're not fundamentalist Muslims.
I just read a gruesome article from the Middle East Quarterly called Beheading in the Name of Islam. I will quote something from it here, and then I have something to say about the quote.
In Iraq, terrorists filmed the beheadings of Americans Nicholas Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong. Other victims include Turks, an Egyptian, a Korean, Bulgarians, a British businessman, and a Nepalese. Scores of Iraqis, both Kurds and Arabs, have also fallen victim to Islamist terrorists' knives. The new fad in terrorist brutality has extended to Saudi Arabia where Islamist terrorists murdered American businessman Paul Johnson, whose head was later discovered in a freezer in an Al-Qaeda hideout. A variation upon this theme would be the practice of Islamists slitting the throats of those opponents they label infidels. This is what happened to Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, first gunned down and then mutilated on an Amsterdam street, and to an Egyptian Coptic family in New Jersey after the father had angered Islamists with Internet chat room criticisms of Islam.
As you can see, these victims were not all U.S. soldiers and Jews. Why are they killing all these people? Because the victims are either infidels or moderate Muslims.
The article points out that the purpose of terrorism is to gain political concession. The terrorists behead these people (as opposed to poisoning them) and film it, in order to terrorize.
They're trying to gain political concessions. Ideally, they'd like all Western and Jewish forces out of the Middle East, so they can consolidate their power and establish an Islamic empire.
In an Islamic empire, they will try to live by Sharia law, as the Taliban did in Afghanistan. They will try to follow the Koran devoutly. One of the commands of the Koran is to make war on Infidels until the whole world submits to Islam. I'm not making this up.
As far as I can tell, a little under half the West does not understand this. You come into contact with these people every day. A massive campaign of information dissemination needs to take place, starting with you and me, right where we are. Explain to people what's happening. If they don't believe you, loan them your copy of whatever you have (here are my recommendations), or send them links to whatever think will help them understand.
It is dangerous for so many of our own teammates to be unaware of our collective plight. Here are some articles I recommend for sharing: