“By Allah, by the almighty Allah, we swear we will never stop fighting you.”
With those words Wednesday, the South London attacker with blood-soaked hands did us the favor of reminding us what we are up against.
Having just killed British soldier Lee Rigby in cold blood on a street in Woolwich, with his murder weapon still in hand, the latest face of jihad issued warnings to all of us on that now famous bystander video:
“Your people will never be safe,” he insists.
So: do we believe him?
This is an important question for every American, and every American president in the post-9/11 era.
We are either in a long war, fighting for enlightened civilization itself, or not. In 2008, America chose a president who believes we are not in a battle of such broad scope, and in 2012 the nation chose him again.
John McCain and Mitt Romney were not ideal candidates, but give them this: they approached global terror with a seriousness not seen since George W. Bush and Dick Cheney returned to private life.
Ah, Bush and Cheney, the much-maligned team that kept us safe for their entire remaining term after the 9/11 attacks showed us that radical Islam had been in a war with us for years and it was about time we engaged.
Unwilling to bother us with the truth of Benghazi weeks before an election, President Obama still seeks to paint us a picture of a war on terror firmly within his grasp.
Does anyone really believe that?
Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead, taken out by an Obama administration that has maintained enough Bush policies to complete the task of de-fanging al Qaeda along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
But energized by the unmistakable sound of U.S. withdrawal, terrorists have spread strongly across the rest of the Middle East, into Africa and Europe.
Which brings us back to London. If you were ever a tourist in that great city before, say, the 1980s, you would scarcely recognize it today. London, Paris and other urban areas of Europe have seen a wave of Islamic immigration, echoing the increasingly radical flavor of its main source, North African nations like Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as Nigeria, the apparent heritage nation of the Woolwich terrorists.
Such transformations are not limited to Europe. The Washington, DC suburb of Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia was described in a 2007 editorial in Investor’s Business Daily as having been transformed into “Northern Virginiastan:”
“Baileys Crossroads is the heart of the Wahhabi corridor, which includes the safe houses where the hijackers stayed and the mosque where they and dozens of other terrorists have worshipped.