Cal  Thomas

Amir Taheri, an Iranian commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, wrote a column for the Times on Friday (July 8) in which he demonstrated the kind of clear thinking which seems to have eluded muddleheaded politicians and other self-deluded people who yammer for the TV camera: ".you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it is his divine duty to kill you."

A Sunday Times survey taken just after 9/11 found that four of 10 British Muslims (there are as many as 2 million of them) believe Osama Bin Laden is justified in his war against America. A similar number said Britons who choose to fight with the Taliban are right to do so. Another 2001 opinion poll for the Asian radio station Sunrise found 98 percent of London Muslims under 45 saying they would not fight for Britain, and 48 percent saying they would take up arms for Bin Laden.

In view of these beliefs and repeated acts of terror, the incitements against all things Western, Jewish and Christian in who knows how many mosques in Britain and the U.S., the teaching of seditious ideas in radical Islamic schools funded by our "friends" the Saudis, and the refusal of most Muslim communities to assimilate and learn the language, history and practices of their host countries, why do Britain and the United States continue to allow such things to exist within their borders? Unless we are prepared to accept continued terrorist attacks as "normal" because of some sick understanding of tolerance and pluralism, we had better do whatever is necessary to root out these radicals and to forbid any more from entering our countries.

Shortly after 9/11, 22-year-old Mohammed Abdullah, an accountant from Luton , was quoted in the Times: "We don't perceive ourselves as British Muslims. We are Muslims who live in Britain. All Muslims in Britain view supporting the jihad as a religious duty."

In the face of such comments and actions like the latest terrorist bombing, Britain and America should consider what Mark Steyn wrote in a Daily Telegraph column on Friday (July 8): "This is the beginning of a long existential struggle, for Britain and the West. It's hard not to be moved by the sight of Londoners calmly going about their business as usual in the face of terrorism. But, if the governing class goes about business as usual, that's not a stiff upper lip but a death wish."

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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