The whiners and peace at any price crowd, like the pacifists of 1939 have seen nothing new in the President's speech yesterday. I thought he was quite clear.
"Yet while the killers choose their victims indiscriminately, their attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs and goals that are evil, but not insane.
Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. Whatever it's called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hindus -- and also against Muslims from other traditions, who they regard as heretics. "
The President clearly states the nature of the enemy, but I'm not sure about the comment "...this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam..."
According to Silas at answering-islam.org.uk
the Koran 9:29 says "Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden--such men as practice not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book--until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled."
I would certainly like to see some more Islamic scholars, shieks, imams, and mullahs reconcile this publicly. In English. According to the Koran I read, the ideology of warfare and subjugating or slaughtering one's enemies is very much in the tradition of Islam. They need to come out against Bin Laden's vision of a new caliphate. Otherwise The President said very clearly "The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they're equally as guilty of murder."
The Commander in Chief has given us clear marching orders.....
"...We don't know the course of our own struggle -- the course our own struggle will take -- or the sacrifices that might lie ahead. We do know, however, that the defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice. We do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history. And we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail. .."
On to Victory, Men.
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