Americans don’t get the point. President Obama occasionally gives indications that he may get the point, but often then moves in the opposite direction. What’s the point? Al Qaeda is not going away. The terror group has much larger support in the Islamic world than most observers are willing to acknowledge, and we are at war.
Various opinions offered in the mainstream media in the past few weeks reveal that a broad cross-section of Americans remain clueless or intentionally resistant to this obvious truth. For example, in a blog in the Atlanta Constitution, Bob Barr calls criticism of President Obama and the federal national security failures “asinine.” Bob Herbert of the New York Times categorizes attention paid to Umar the Underwear Bomber as “trivial.” Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek and CNN criticizes Washington for its “overreaction” to Al Qaeda's latest efforts to attack American air travel.
To note the seriousness of the threat not only to America but to Western life, take note of just three facts:
* 80 Muslim males between the ages of 20 and 39 were charged, convicted, or sentenced on terror charges in America in 2009 alone. That is some 8 years after September 11. Islam, whose adherents make up just 0.6% of the American population, has a remarkable propensity for producing young terrorist males.
* According to thereligionofpeace.com, last week brought the world 45 terror attacks, with 198 persons killed and 712 critically injured in those attacks.
* A recent poll found that 40 percent of British Muslims would like to live under Sharia and that 20 percent sympathize with their 7/7 subway bombers. Keep in mind that Great Britain is hardly the capital of Islamic extremism, so finding such high numbers in a Western society should disturb us.