Taking the Islamic Challenge Seriously

When Muslims commit acts of terror, it is standard operating procedure for some authority or other to assure the populace that “this has nothing to do with Islam.” This is said so frequently as to induce a boy-who-cried-wolf reaction in anyone with an ounce of contrariness. Nowadays, if there’s a fender bender on the next block or a glitch in our computer, we automatically assume that it probably has something to do with Islam. So it’s refreshing to finally hear a world leader (in this case, a former world leader) admit that global Islamic terror actually does have something to do with Islam.

In a keynote address in April at Bloomberg Headquarters in London, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described radical Islam as the single biggest threat facing the world today.  He went on to criticize Western commentators who “go to extraordinary lengths” to avoid linking terrorism with Islam.  “It is bizarre,” he said, “to ignore the fact that the principal actors in all situations express themselves through the medium of religious identity.”

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Although Blair suggested that radical Islamic ideology “distorts and warps Islam’s true message,” he nevertheless emphasized that this extremist movement is based in religious belief.  He added that we in the West can gain a better understanding of the Islamist ideology by remembering “the experience of revolutionary communism and fascism.”  His main message?  The “defeating of this ideology” should be at the top of the global agenda.  In short, Blair is calling for ideological warfare against “Islamism” (his term for radical Islam).

During the Second World War and during the Cold War that followed, we didn’t hesitate to engage in ideological warfare first with Nazism, and then with communism.  It was considered perfectly legitimate to go after the ideas which lay at the base of these totalitarian systems as a way of weakening belief in them.  And we didn’t particularly worry about who might take offense.  But what if the ideology that threatens you comes wrapped in the cloak of religion?  Blair calls for the defeat of the “Islamist” ideology, but how can you engage in ideological warfare if criticism of the enemy ideology is off-limits?

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Comment by Michael Gervais on May 16, 2014 at 6:39am

We need to to wise up when dealing with islam. We will never change them. their plan is to rule over us with sharia law. make us either convert or become slaves and pay taxes to them

Comment by peggy mellette on May 16, 2014 at 5:50am

We are seeing the beginning of tribulation. Revelation 13:16-18 (shariah law and the mark which is Allah is great and Mohammad is his prophet. In servitude to Allah, muslims wear a band around their right arm and around their forehead.), Revelation 14:9-11 (all who take Allah's mark) and Revelation 20:4 (those who keep the word of God and the witness of Jesus). The rapture is before great tribulation, read Revelation 3:8(open door)& 10( great tribulation), Revelation 4:1 (open door, trumpet, rapture).

Comment by Harry Rainey - Sheepdog on May 16, 2014 at 5:21am

Islamist are using our own Constitution against us until they conquer us then they will tear up our Constitution and replace it with Shariah Law to enslave all the Infidels and demand their conversion to Islam or face death.  I am a Christian so I will choose death but I'll take as many of the scum with me so they'll know that some Christians aren't all prey but are like them a predator.

Comment by TopDrifter 1SG Retired on May 16, 2014 at 5:14am

This a-hole in the White House must be removed and an attitude of survival of the American Way be produced in the USA.  We will become servants to these "blood-thirsty" Heathens, Savages, Monsters, whatever your term for them is, and do their bidding or die.  I don't plan on dying on their terms...

Comment by J. C. (Jack) Rose on May 16, 2014 at 4:45am

There must be a change in the White House to a president and Commander In Chief who will use the proper Government Agencies and the Military to protect The People and The Country from the OPEN Conspiracies and Actions of Muslim Terrorists both within the Country and abroad.

Comment by chuck morrow on May 16, 2014 at 4:25am

destroy islam

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