How does one measure "progress" in a type of war we have never fought before, a war with no rules or boundaries, a war driven exclusively by religious zealotry and twisted doctrine?
Is it accurate to say we are safer now because we have not been attacked in five years? Perhaps, but it's not like the terrorists haven't been trying. The enemy is in no hurry and we are. The enemy believes we embrace life, while he embraces death. It cannot be said that we are progressing quickly enough toward greater security and victory when too many Americans falsely believe that what we do to our enemies directly affects what our enemies are plotting to again do to us.
We are moving closer to understanding our current reality than in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 when too many of our leaders denied the religious nature of this war, but there is still a long way to go. Even President Bush, who famously visited a Washington, D.C., mosque shortly after 9/11 to demonstrate his belief that Islam is a "religion of peace" has changed his tune and has labeled the enemy "Islamofascists."
Political correctness dies hard in the West as evidenced by the recent embarrassment of Britain's Sussex police, who sent officers for "diversity training" to an Islamic school that they subsequently raided as part of a crackdown on those who recruit and train jihadist warriors. Don't the cops have it backward? Shouldn't the people in that school be subjected to diversity training and taught the concepts of pluralism, tolerance and religious freedom? Who is attempting to blow up more airplanes? Who has sworn to murder all "infidels"? It isn't British police officers.
Then there's the story of a hospital in northwest England that has introduced a new hospital gown for female Muslim patients that resembles a burka. They're calling it an "inter-faith" gown. An editorial in The Daily Express said, "If people want to live in Britain, then they must accept British standards and the British way of life. Š The standard hospital gown is surely good enough for everyone." How refreshing.
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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