The cause of freedom is by no means dead, but 2011 was a banner year for Islamic jihadists and supremacists the world over. Their advance was swiftest and most significant in three areas:
1. The “Arab Spring”: Widely hailed in the mainstream media as a flowering of Western-style democracy and freedom, in reality the revolutions across North Africa and the Middle East were from the beginning actually Islamic supremacist in nature. Fueled by the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups of like mind, the “Arab Spring” ushered in governments all across North Africa that are dedicated to the imposition of Islamic law and the eradication of all remaining vestiges of Western notions such as free speech and equality of rights for women and non-Muslims. The governments that are coming to power are certain to be even more virulent anti-American, authoritarian, and violent than the ones they supplanted.
Unsurprisingly, Barack Obama enthusiastically applauded these developments, actively aided them with U.S. military might in Libya, and abetted the false media narrative with some spin of his own. Speaking about the Libyan revolution in March, Barack Obama hailed “the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,” and also praised “the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt.”
Now, as Egypt rushes headlong toward becoming a Sharia state and going to war with Israel, Obama is scrambling to hold at bay the forces he is largely responsible for unleashing.
2. The new domestic anti-terror policy: Meanwhile, at home the Obama Administration brought to its logical culmination a policy of ignoring and downplaying the beliefs, motives and goals of America’s jihadist enemies that began during the Bush Administration. After a series of “exposes” in Leftist media journals about alleged “Islamophobia” (i.e. truthful and accurate analysis of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism) in terror training materials used in the FBI and other agencies, aghast Obama Administration officials promised to scrub training materials of anything that connected Islam with Islamic jihad terrorism, and to reeducate agents who had been exposed to such materials.
The suicidal idiocy of this was immediately apparent when several officials were pressed on how they proposed to identify potential terror threats, and they started talking about behaviors associated with Islamic piety. But the mainstream media didn’t press these officials on the obvious contradiction. Nor did anyone ask how Administration terror analysts proposed to deal with the fact that Islamic jihadists often give their groups Islamic names (such as Hamas, which is an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, and Hizballah, the Party of Allah) and explain their actions in Islamic theological terms – other than to stick their fingers in their ears and yell, “La la la, I can’t hear you.”
3. The war against the freedom of speech. Related to the Obama Administration’s Orwellian efforts to deny the Islamic jihadists’ own stated motives and goals is its signing on to Islamic supremacist efforts to suppress speech that is critical of Islam, even when it is truthful and within the context of anti-terror efforts. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a 56-nation body that constitutes the United Nations’ largest voting bloc, has been trying for years through the UN to compel Western states to criminalize “defamation of religions,” by which it means Islam only, and specifically efforts to analyze and resist the advancing Islamic jihad. After years of opposing these efforts, the Obama Administration signed on to a UN resolution condemning religious stereotyping and negative profiling, and calling on member states to act “to address and combat such incidents.”
One man’s “religious stereotyping and negative profiling” is another man’s accurate analysis of the Islamic jihad threat. Any effort by governments to “combat” such things would necessarily involve controls on free speech that would leave the determination of what actually constitutes stereotyping and negative profiling in the hands of a politically correct government official. If the OIC is pulling the strings, the result will be a muzzle on free speech that will render the U.S. mute and defenseless against the jihadist advance.
But that muzzle isn’t in place yet. So in 2012, it is all the more imperative for free people to speak the truth about jihad, and demand that truth from our elected officials – before it becomes illegal to speak it.