The Strongest Retrograde Force in the World.

Roger Kimball, writing at PJ Media identifies that most regressive entity:

Islam: ‘The Strongest Retrograde Force in the World’

By Roger Kimball, Roger’s Rules, PJ Media

Does the Zeitgeist have a mournful sense of irony? Barack Obama could be forgiven for thinking so. In January 2014, he made the now-infamous remark that he regarded ISIS as merely a “jay-vee” threat. The months that followed saw that group slaughter hundreds, maybe thousands, in the most public and grotesque manner. Allied groups in Africa raided schools and villages, shooting, hacking, and raping their way through the populace. On the morning of November 13 (the anniversary, incidentally, of end of the Ottoman Caliphate), President Obama told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America that his administration had “contained” ISIS. That very evening, less than a year after the massacre by ISIS affiliates at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a series of carefully coordinated, cold-blooded attacks by ISIS erupted across Paris, leaving some 130 dead and more than 250 wounded. One of the attacks, at the Stade de France, came within yards of François Hollande, the French president, who was there for a football match. Some containment.

Then again, a [P]resident who takes his PDB only two times in five, and whose Central Command J2 is being investigated for selectively edited intelligence, might not (unforgivably) have a clear grasp of the situation.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Netanyahu described the attacks as part of “a war to reverse the triumph of the West.” He was right. But this is something that no amount of slaughter seems to bring home to a certain species of blinkered leftist. Around the time that Netanyahu offered his lapidary observation, a prominent Hezbollah leader explained that “we are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.” Subsequent events have demonstrated with unexceptionable clarity what he meant.

Our enemy is identified best by a phrase B. Hussein 0bama cannot bring himself to utter: Islamic extremism.

George Orwell famously observed that an indispensable adjunct to freedom is a willingness to call things by their real names. Islamic extremism is not, as a British home secretary once fatuously declared, “anti-Islamic activity,” nor is the slaughter of a baker’s dozen U.S. soldiers in Texas by a radicalized Muslim officer an instance of “workplace violence.” Euphemism is the enemy of true security.

What is the relation between Islamic extremism and “mainstream” Islamic thought? That is not, we would suggest with sadness, an easy question to answer. Winston Churchill, writing about Islam back in 1899 in The River War, observed that “no stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund”:

Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Face the Fire or be consumed by it, name your enemy or die a contemptible death.

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  • yetanotherjohn

    What is ironic is that if the left survives ISIS it will be because of the right and despite themselves.

    • Indeed. There should be a price for that.

      • yetanotherjohn

        The price will be paid in blood by the right. Because no good deed ever goes unpunished, there will be a further price of having to listen to the left tell the right all the things they are doing wrong. The price for the left is their self respect, but that would only be paid if they are self aware.

        • retired military

          They are self aware. They are only self aware. They have no respect though self or other wise.

          • yetanotherjohn

            Self indulgent navel gazing is not self aware.Self aware recognizes where you fit in the universe. Self indulgent thinks the universe fits around you.

  • retired military

    “Our enemy is identified best by a phrase B. Hussein 0bama cannot bring himself to utter: Islamic extremism.”

    Here let me fix that for you

    Our enemy is identified best by something B. Hussein 0bama cannot bring himself to look away from – his image in a mirror: .

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Rodney, you obviously don’t know about the latest salvo to be delivered by Obama on ISIS. I mean, this is bigger than John Kerry and James Taylor in Paris. It’s bigger than “#BringBackOurGirls.” It is “Shock and Awe” as only Obama can bring it.

    “[N]ext week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the Global Climate Conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.” http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/11/annals-of-inanity-2.php
    Kinda makes you want to go buy some of those flowers and candles that protect us, no?

  • Walter_Cronanty

    ULULULULULULULULULULULULULU

    “‘Severe blow’: Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/24/severe-blow-al-qaeda-suicide-bomber-takes-out-leadership-key-isis-brigade/?intcmp=hpbt3

    • Mohamedean on Mohamedean? Pass the popcorn…

    • Workplace accidents…

      “Keep your damn booger hook off that bang switch, Abdul!”

      “But the safety link is engaged. See?”

      *BOOM*

      “It’s not foolproof… Okay, cleanup on aisle 4 again. Someone go get a shovel and a mop.”

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Note who doesn’t take Syrian refugees:

    “While the United States and Europe argue over how many Syrian refugees to allow in, the richest Persian Gulf states have accepted exactly zero.

    The Muslim countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council that include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates steadfastly refuse to accept any Syrian refugees. Amnesty International, USA (AIUSA) tells The Daily Caller News Foundation they have not accepted a single refugee since the armed Syrian conflict erupted years ago.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/24/persian-gulf-muslim-states-have-accepted-no-syrian-refugees/#ixzz3skoMhEzR

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