Friday, December 24, 2010

Who exactly is our enemy?

"If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. But, if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat." Sun Tzu, Chinese General and author of The Art of War

I was reading an article written by S. Eugene Poteat in The Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies titled "Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemies", and his thesis was spot on. The central idea is that the United States, in dealing with and identifying those who wish to destroy us, regularly and quite deliberately omits the word Muslim in the description.

He cites many examples, but begins in the beginning with Jimmy Carter and the U.S. Embassy attack in 1976 when it was said that the event was an uprising of Iranian terrorists. In similar fashion he recalls the Pan Am 103 bombing, the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the USS Cole bombing, the attacks on September 11, 2001, the London subway bombing and the train bombings in Spain and the fact that these terrorist acts were never identified specifically as the work of Muslim extremists.

His crystal clear point is that through our timidity and refusal to name the enemy, we do nothing but embolden them. In fact for those who may dare, they face accusations of religious intolerance and in the case of Juan Williams, formerly of NPR, the losing of one's job.

"... Our tepid response is clear to Islam; America is weak, reeling, broke... a shadow of the nation it once was. America is so frightened, we dare not speak the name of the enemy coiling around our necks. Instead we dance around with terms "criminal," "extremist," "suicide bomber," "terrorist," "Chechen," "Freedom Fighter," "Wahabbist," etc. but never "Muslim" nor "Islam."

There are many other points made, to numerous to mention, but my hope is that Mr. Poteat will allow me to present the full article here.

After the attacks of 9/11 the realization hit most of us that we were involved in a war. Now, a mere 10 years later, some of us, including those charged with our defense, seem to have forgotten!

1 comment :

  1. I'd refine the point. Islam is not necessarily the enemy of our society and values. But Shari'a is.