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It's been six months . . .
Six months since the world came screeching to a halt. Six
months since the unthinkable. Lisa Beamer's husband has been
dead for six months. So have nearly three-thousand other
Six months later, the outer facade of the Pentagon looks
almost normal again. New York is back in business with style,
class and determination. Six months past that fateful September
day, we've lost some of our nation's finest men in an ongoing
mission with a seemingly impossible objective.
Six months later, we still don't have any answers.
Why do they hate us? Why did they fly those planes into the
buildings? Why do they want us dead?
They are the questions the children have asked us -- and we,
the adults, the ones who are supposed to have the answers --
have asked ourselves in secret, late at night, when there are no
little eyes and ears around and we don't have to pretend the
world is a friendly place.
Because just in case you hadn't noticed, the world is NOT a
Most of the Middle East hates us. A sizable minority of them
hate us openly and virulently. They are the ones protesting in
the streets and burning our leaders in effigy. They are the ones
penning scathing invective about the 'great satan' and posting
it on internet forums for the world to see. They are the ones
who danced and celebrated the 9/11 attacks with sweet treats and
They are the safe ones.
The ones I'm frightened of are the 61%. You know, the Gallup
Poll 61%. The
ones whose rage burns beneath the surface, in a place so deep
inside I'm not sure they know it's there. They are the ones who
insist they bear no ill will toward America and her people, but
when pressed further, claim Osama Bin Laden had nothing to do
with the destruction of the World Trade Center and a chunk of
the Pentagon. In fact, say this 61%, no Arab had anything to do
with it . . . it was probably the Jews.
These 61% gladly accept American aid in the form of money,
food and medical care, but when asked about 9/11, admit they
believe America got what was coming to her for her support of
Israel – the other "great satan."
Why do they hate us? It is easy to blame it on envy, on their
oppressed and ignorant state, on their poverty and desperation.
It is easy, but it is not right.
The truth is, they hate us because we are not Muslim. That's
the bottom line. Even if we were Muslim, they would still hate
us, because we would never be 'Muslim enough.' We women would
show our ankles, wear perfume, perhaps make too much noise. Our
men would shave or sing rock music or kiss their wives in
public. Our children would be sure to disobey the fatwa-of-the-week
just as surely as they disobey their parents now.
In the Islamic world that the jihadist fanatics so desire,
how would such offenses be punished? For a glimpse of that
perilous future, we need only observe the countries where Islam
already has control.
We start with Sudan, where the Islamic-controlled government
has implemented a punishment for those who dare to defy Islam
and turn instead to Christianity. Muslim soldiers there have
taken to gang-raping Christian women, then cutting off their
breasts and leaving them to die in the public square as
And what of their husbands, brothers and sons who also
believe in Christ? They are given one last chance to renounce
Christ and proclaim the divinity of Allah and Mohammed. This
'last chance to convert' takes place under a three-inch nail and
a hammer. Failure to submit to the authority of Allah results in a
soldier driving that three-inch nail into your brain.
We can also travel to Saudi Arabia, to watch our 'allies' who
follow Shari'a law. Shari'a law is derived from the sayings of
the Quran, and so -- let's be
honest here --it is fairly representative of what Muslims
If you steal, you lose your hand. If you are
accused of being an impure woman, you lose your life. If you are
accused of being an impure man, you lose your...oh, wait a
minute—that's unlikely. To accuse a man of a crime, you need
three witnesses. Women only count for one-half.
All over the world, where Muslims have power, the people are
in pain. The fanatics are in charge, and anyone with a more
diluted sort of faith has a choice – become an extremist,
quickly, or die.
Islamic culture got to this horrible point precisely because
of the middle, moderate 61%. 61% of Muslims in the Middle East
hate the 'infidels' just enough to not protest when 20% or 30%
of Muslims start maiming and murdering them. They're not out
there doing the killing themselves (indeed, they may even pay
lip service to denouncing the violence). But they are unwilling
to really stand up for what's right and demand a stop to the
Until Muslim 'moderates' take a public stand against their
more intemperate brothers and sisters, it would be wise for the
United States to treat them more as 'jihadists-in-training' then
as potential allies. Because unless these so-called 'moderates'
learn to swim against the tide, they will surely be swept up in
the wave of violence and hatred that has swelled in Islam for
centuries . . . the wave that crashed on our shore six months
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