|Your War on
September 11, 2008
by Jeffrey Imm
Every year since the 9/11 attacks, I have been measuring our progress in
the war against Jihad on this Patriot Day. In the past year, we have
seen some military accomplishments in foreign theaters of war, but in
terms of the larger war of ideas against the Islamic supremacist
ideology behind Jihad, we are
losing that war. However, there is one
hope to turn the tide against Islamic supremacism and that hope rests
Understanding Islamic Supremacism as the Basis for Jihad
As addressed in my
July 2, 2008 article
"Crossroads in History: The
Struggle against Jihad and Supremacist Ideologies," most of our
government leaders refuse to acknowledge the
Islamic supremacist nature
of the Jihadist threat and how to leverage
experience against other supremacist ideologies in fighting Islamic
supremacism. Jihadist terror activity is the result of a
conflict between an Islamic supremacist
Sharia-based form of societal
control versus the ideas of equality and liberty. Although the "experts"
claim that "extremism" is the result of political grievances,
socioeconomic stresses, and poverty, the truth remains that the
rooted in a war of ideas between Islamic supremacism and freedom. This
is not only a war of ideas, but also a war of values.
The American people have demonstrated the
courage of their convictions
in fighting such supremacist ideologies in the past - in the streets, in
schools, in homes, in work places, and in government. The American
people have proven that they understand the meaning of the natural law
that "all men are created equal" that supremacist ideologies abhor. It
is the American public -- the housewife, the business person, the
construction worker, the musician, the artist, the teacher, the athlete,
and every other individual that is willing to fight for such principles
of equality -- that is and has been the frontline troops in the war of
ideas against supremacist ideologies.
You are the expert on equality and liberty, because your life is based
on these values. You have internalized your knowledge of equality and
liberty as part of your identity as an American; it is something that
you understand as a basic part of your identity. With your grounding in
the values of equality and liberty, your critical thinking on
Jihad is also vitally needed. America desperately needs
you to internalize your knowledge on the Islamic supremacist threat,
based on your learning, research, and reflection these past seven years
since the 9/11 attacks. Such internalized knowledge comes from your
digesting this information, and making such knowledge a part of your
world vision and your priorities in your life. Combining your
internalized knowledge on Jihad and Islamic supremacism with your
pro-equality values makes you the most valuable "expert" on Islamic
supremacism that America can have.
Why We Need You... to Fight Jihad and Islamic Supremacism
America is losing the war of ideas against
Islamic supremacism today.
Seven years after 9/11, our national leadership and a large group of our
citizenry still do not recognize the ideology of Islamic supremacism
that provides the basis for Jihadist actions. This lack of focus in the
war of ideas has led to leaders calling for a war on "extremism," and
led to tactical debates that refuse to acknowledge the identity of the
enemy that our leaders claim to be fighting.
The past year has seen the forces of Islamic supremacism making
significant advances in the American
in Islamic supremacist groups influencing our
strategies and our foreign affairs. Certainly, in 2008, America has had
some tactical military successes. But those short-term military
victories and sacrifices will mean nothing if we don't challenge the
Islamic supremacists that seek to redefine America's policies based on
their Islamic supremacist vision. The anti-equality, anti-liberty
Islamic supremacist ideology has continued to grow this past year as our
leaders continue to debate tactics. Regarding Jihad, such government
leaders have spent your tax dollars on who, what, where, and when... but
remain unable to answer the vital question of why Jihad happens and the
Islamic supremacist ideology it is based on.
America must have a national activist grassroots movement to understand,
communicate, and rally against Islamic supremacism in our nation's
capital and in cities around the country. Only such a national activist
effort can thwart the continuing Islamic supremacist efforts to
influence our government's actions. Only our willingness to serve as
citizen soldiers in this war of ideas by internalizing the lessons we
have learned from 9/11, the past seven years of Jihadist horrors, and
the knowledge you already have, will make the difference against an army
of Islamic supremacists and an army of tactical
"experts" who think that
you still don't know enough to define the enemy, seven years after 9/11.
We can fight the Islamic supremacist ideology by our commitment to our
values of equality and liberty, by revealing the supremacist nature of
the threat, and by our joint efforts to awaken our national conscience.
But given the level of infiltration that we have seen at the top levels
our national leadership, America needs your activist commitment to
defeat this ideology. On this Patriot Day, we need you to make this your
personal war for America, for equality, for
our children, against
Islamic supremacism and Jihad.
Why You Are Needed to Turn the Tide Now
In the past year, major developments in the war of ideas have included a
series of victories by forces promoting Islamic supremacism:
-- A Muslim Brotherhood
("Jihad is our way")
memorandum calling for infiltration of American
institutions using "front groups" (revealed during the Holy Land
Foundation terror trial) was addressed in a
September 7, 2007 memorandum
by former Defense Department Islamic law specialist
But Mr. Coughlin was then
pressured out of the Pentagon in January 2008.
-- In June 2008, the West Point Combating Terrorism Center published
"Engaging Islamists in the West," where Peter Mandaville calls for
working with engaging with Islamic supremacists on counterterrorism
promoting a "role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in
counter-terrorism and national security efforts." (There have been other
similar articles published by West Point and by
other U.S. military
organizations in the past year.)
-- In March 2008, it was reported that the
Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) was continuing their efforts to
"train" American FBI
-- In April 2008, it was revealed that a "terror lexicon" had been
created by the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the
Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that would end the use of the terms
"Jihad," "Islamist," and "caliphate," with a focus to identify the enemy
as merely "extremists." This terror lexicon was to be used by all
government employees. The
DHS memo also stated that "progress," not
liberty, should be
April 2008, Defense Secretary Gates explicitly
definition of our enemy as merely "extremism," and in
June 2008 his
Defense Department created a
"National Defense Strategy" document that refused to
acknowledge the enemy beyond "extremists" and viewed that a U.S.
military goal is to promote "prosperity."
June 2008, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court questioned the
transnational Jihadist threats to America and granted habeas corpus
rights to Jihadist enemy combatants.
press have all been influenced by the forces of Islamic supremacism
in the past year. Our few victories have been in the legislature, where
a mostly partisan effort to condemn the
DHS/NCTC terror lexicon
succeeded as an amendment to an Intelligence bill by Representative
Peter Hoekstra, and where Representative Brad Sherman
defied the demands
by ISNA (unindicted
co-conspirator in HLF trial) and
MPAC to silence Steven Emerson in a Congressional hearing.
Congressman Hoekstra's efforts were previously
denied by the leadership
of the House Intelligence Committee, and were
opposed by over 40 percent
of the House of Representatives.
In dealing with foreign nations and international organizations, in the
past year we also saw the United States
appointing an Envoy to the
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) - the same OIC organization
whose members have
silenced any debate on Islamic supremacism in the
United Nations Human Rights Commission, and who seek to silence any
debate on Islamic supremacism through
efforts at "Islamophobia"
resolutions. In the past year, we have also seen the growing Islamic
supremacist threat from the
United Kingdom and
Pakistan, who are
perceived as allies in fighting "extremists." In
saw the growing efforts of Islamic supremacists gaining influence among
the people, despite our military campaigns.
In addition, over the past year, there has been a growing effort among
counterterrorism organizations and analysts to promote a tactic of
"counter-radicalization." Such "counter-radicalization" tactics promote
engagement with Islamic supremacists to get them to promote their
supremacist ideology through "political," rather than "violent" means.
Such tacticians fail to grasp that when it comes to Islamic supremacism
(or any supremacist) ideology that engagement equals legitimizing
supremacist efforts, which empowers such groups to grow and gain further
membership. In an awful twist of fate, such counterterrorism analysts
and analysts promoting "counter-radicalization" will likely end up
helping Islamic supremacist groups to gain members. Such "experts" seek
to guide American national and foreign policy to legitimize Islamic
supremacists' ideology, which is the basis for Jihad.
You are needed, as a citizen activist, to stand in their way and to
demand that your representative government defies Islamic supremacism.
The forces supporting or appeasing Islamic supremacism are formidable
and troubling, but they are nothing compared to you.
Our Greatest Hope
Perhaps you think no one listens or cares. Perhaps you are cynical or
uncertain about your power to make a difference. Yet history shows that
the American people are the greatest conquerors of terrorist
organizations in history. In the 20th century, the American people
defeated a white supremacist terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan,
which at one point had 4 million members. The 20th century
that white supremacist terrorist group was based on the American
people's determination that our
commitment to equality and liberty was
greater than our fears and our divisions. It was the
people - one person at a time - that disowned the ideology of white
supremacism that had spread throughout our nation. It was the individual
American people, not the "experts," that found the courage of their
convictions to truly be a nation that honors the value that "all men are
In the 20th century, we made the widespread white supremacist ideology
into a disgrace. What other nation's people have defeated such a massive
terrorist and supremacist threat?
The American people did this in hundreds of ways: in rallies, in
protests, in demanding action from their government, in schools, and
activities across the nation; we need to take such actions today
regarding Islamic supremacism. We denied the non-violent political
supremacist offerings of segregation and a "separate-but-equal" nation,
as Islamic supremacist Sharia advocates seek today. We denied legitimacy
to a supremacist ideology of hatred, based on a lie that others are
inherently inferior, as Islamic supremacists believe today.
Once again, your country needs you now this time to confront Islamic
supremacism. In ways large and small, your citizen activism against
Islamic supremacism is needed now more than ever. You are needed to
reach your fellow Americans, your families, your neighbors, and
certainly, your representative government. You are needed to show your
representative government by your demonstrations, by your letters, by
your constant communication, that you won't tolerate ignoring the threat
of Islamic supremacism.
You and your fellow 300 million Americans are needed to provide a living
memorial to the 9/11 fallen by demanding that our government recognize
the threat of Islamic supremacism and develop a strategy to counter it.
America's 300 million voices can change this nation, and can defy
Islamic supremacism. You are our greatest hope.
Courage and Commitment during the Long War against Jihad
History will remember the efforts of the anti-Jihad leaders in America,
such as Robert Spencer,
Walid Phares, and others. Future
generations will look at anti-jihad
Americans as a shining moment of courage in these dark days. But it
would be irresponsible to expect just these anti-Jihad leaders and
organizations to fight the war against Jihad for all Americans.
This is your war too. It is your war on Jihad.
Every one of us that values equality and liberty has a role and an
obligation in this war against
Islamic supremacism and
Jihad. No matter
who you are, no matter how busy you are, no matter how many other
responsibilities you have, this is your war on Jihad.
None of us have a choice in this fight. This war is not an option for
us; it is not something we can do when we have nothing else to do. Good
intentions are not enough. Our nation, our people are at total war in a
battle for the very values on which America was founded. We can't expect
"ordinary lives" during this war. But we can work to give such hope to
the next generation. We can defy Islamic supremacist efforts to kill,
pervert, and destroy the
next generation of children that remain our
shining hope for the future.
By internalizing our knowledge about Islamic supremacism and Jihad, our
direction is clear. We must confront such an anti-equality, anti-liberty
ideology. But we must make certain we stay focused on the enemy
ideology, not on petty conflicts among each other, and not on
Staying focused on the enemy also means not providing advocates of
Islamic supremacism with ammunition to misrepresent the populist
movement against Islamic supremacism. Staying focused means not
tolerating those who advocate random hate and violence against others.
Staying focused means learning from those in
American history who
successfully challenged supremacism before us and using tactics of
shame, using tactics of reaching for our higher national purpose of
seeking the natural law of equality, and using tactics of inspiration
that "we shall overcome"... not tolerating those who would advocate
their own identity-based supremacism as a response to Islamic
Our commitment in the long war against Islamic supremacism will also
demand courage and resilience from us. In the long war against Islamic
supremacism and Jihad, we are bound to have setbacks. We also have to
anticipate that, over time, some groups, some web sites, and some
leaders are going to be lost. People will come and go. Our losses will
be temporarily discouraging. But we have to stay focused and remember
that our cause is larger than any one group, any one leader, and any one
Our adversaries are not dependent on only one leader, one group. They
have numerous, nationwide ideologues and sources of resources. If one
goes down, another one will step up. Anti-Jihadists and anti-Islamic
supremacist causes must match and exceed such agility and such
flexibility of resources; such pro-equality, pro-liberty campaigns must
exceed Islamic supremacists in numbers and in determination.
With 300 million whose lives are dependent on the values of equality and
liberty, there is no reason why the American populist defiance against
Islamic supremacism should not be the most powerful, most agile, most
demanding political force in this nation. The organization of such an
anti-Jihad, anti-Islamic supremacist political force in America is the
defining challenge of our generation. The imperative among all Americans
to defy Islamic supremacism must remain our top priority. It is our
national calling, our national duty, our national responsibility.
We must ask ourselves: what do we live for - if not to ensure for
generations that follow that America will offer a life where our values
of equality and liberty are honored and defended?
We must ask ourselves: what is the cost of allowing our national soul to
be blackmailed by Islamic supremacist thugs who threaten terror if we
defy their ideology that is a cancer to our very national identity?
Most importantly, we must ask ourselves: what life are we willing to
live - one where we might die for the values that make us America or one
where might live abandoning all that we hold dear?
On the anniversary of 9/11, we remember the dark day when New York City
was attacked, when Washington DC was attacked, when Pennsylvania was
attacked, when America itself was attacked.
But more importantly, we remember that no matter what Jihadists and
Islamic supremacists do to our cities and to our people, we will defy
them. Our defiance is our personal, individual war against Jihad. Our
defiance is a commitment to equality and liberty. Our defiance is to
show Jihadists that America will Fear No Evil.
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Sources documents for additional reading and background