One of the volumes Winston Churchill wrote about the history of World War II was called The Gathering Storm. This work described how the weakness, self-delusion, and naiveté of the allied powers gave Hitler's Nazi regime the temptation to engage in aggression in Europe in the late 1930s. The end result of this was the bloody conflagration of World War II.
Sadly, history is repeating itself in the Mideast. For over 30 years militant Islam has been in ascendancy attacking American and other western targets and even coreligionists who do not adhere to their neanderthal world view. Granted the west has experienced some success in militarily responding to these attacks, but it has proven reluctant to sustain these attacks. Most dangerously, it still clings to the naive view that Islam is a great religion whose adherents must be appeased. This was most vividly demonstrated yesterday when the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, despite being attacked by a Muslim mob, won the Neville Chamberlain Appeasement Award by denouncing the producers of an amateur quality video attacking the "prophet" Mohammed. What the U.S. Embassy and the Obama Administration should have said is that in America our constitutional freedoms give us the protection to express viewpoints others find distasteful and that no mob will deter us from exercising our freedoms.
To many people in the west fail to realize that these Islamist attacks are part of a nearly fourteen century long effort by the Islamist death cult to impose its diabolic world view on humanity. This war has occurred in areas such as Tours, France, Kosovo, various areas of Spain, the Battle of Lepanto in the Adriatic, Vienna, New York City, London, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai,and numerous other areas of the globe. The recent arrest of Islamist militants in Melbourne, Australia demonstrates that no corner of the world is immune from the Islamist contagion. We must quit clinging to the naive belief that militant Islamists want to be like us and dialogue in harmony together. It is time for us to realize that we remain in an existential struggle with militant Islam that will only end in victory, the global triumph of an Islamist caliphate, and the death of freedom. The attacks occurring on September 11 is not coincidence but part of a conscious plan by militant Islamists to commemorate their homicidal triumph of eleven years ago. Their occurrence in Egypt reflects the reality that a militantly Islamist Muslim Brotherhood government is now in charge of that country and seeks to impose its will on that part of the world. Surely the recent meeting of Egyptian President Morsi with his Iranian counterpart is a sign that there will be closer collaboration between the most militantly anti-American governments in the Mideast.
The attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the subsequent murders of our Ambassador and three other diplomatic personnel also reflects the instability in that country. I will credit the new Libyan Government with trying to stop this attack, but we must realize that the collapse of the Qaddafi regime has created a power vacuum in that country which Al Qaida affiliated groups are trying to exploit to their advantage. It is also good to hear that many Libyans have expressed their sorrow at this event. My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of our Ambassador and his murdered colleagues.
We also appear to be getting closer to Iran achieving a nuclear weapons arsenal. For years, we have placed childlike faith in the utopian nonsense that economic sanctions and international diplomatic opprobrium and isolation will stop this messianic and demonic regime from getting its hands on the bomb. Despite the suffering and isolation the Iranian people are enduring, it will take prolonged and sustained military operations to prevent this regime from being able to blackmail its neighbors, provide WMD to allied terrorist groups, and threaten areas as far away as southeast Europe with its emerging ballistic missile arsenal. The Center for Strategic & International Studies has just published a study
on the complexity and dangers involved in attacking Iran's nuclear arsenal. Americans and the international community must be used to the idea of a protracted and bloody struggle with militant Islam for control of key areas of the world at a time of prolonged economic difficulty
Barack Obama is not up to the task of leading this struggle. Despite the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden, Obama is more interested in campaign posturing than in being a wartime Commander-in-Chief. At his core he remains an Islamist appeasing lickspittle who cannot accept the ugly reality of Islamist terror and would rather keep this country in unsustainable economic debt and the American people enslaved to an leviathan like governmental administrative apparatus. Obama and his Administration have not educated Americans about the reality of militant Islam and have foolishly believed we can appease its bloodthirsty lust. The Obama Administration has not taken any steps to enhance our military's financial ability to confront this menace and appears set to let draconian defense spending cuts occur due to sequestration at the beginning of 2013.
Mitt Romney is right to criticize Obama for his amateurish handling of this threat and for his pathetic apologies to the Islamic world. Romney needs to be more forceful in his denunciations and remind voters of the increasing parallels between yesterday's attack and the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis and also remind the electorate that Barack Obama is the successor to Jimmy Carter. The lack of diplomatic security at U.S. embassies and consulates is a legitimate political issue. Having a few campaign advertisements featuring Obama's and Carter's visages morphing together would be wonderful pedagogical instruction in Mideast strategic realities. American is confronting a time of danger unprecedented since World War II and our current President is not up to defending our values and interests due to his policy of supine appeasement of militant Islam. Attacks on embassies and consulates are acts of war since these facilities are represent national sovereignty. We must engage in appropriate intelligence gathering and respond militarily at times and places of our choosing. We also must tear off our idealistic blinders and recognize the murderous ideology of those perpetrating such acts and accept that nothing we say or do will assuage their satanic wrath.