On September 11, 2001, at the time of the attack on New York, I was in Melbourne, Florida, sitting behind my computer working on a marketing project for Layover.com, a major trucking website. At first, I thought the plane hitting the Trade Tower was an accident – a few moments later, after the second plane, it dawned on me that this was an attack. I had to leave the office and wander around for a couple of hours – I developed a headache – I called my wife – she was terrified, which, of course, was the intention of the evil cabal that was behind the attack - millions were terrified. My first feelings of anger were not against the men who brought the current war to us, but towards the religion, they represented. This has not changed with me.
Nearly four years later, I am seething at the liberties we have forsaken in the name of security. I am also seething at our government and particularly George Bush who has not gone after the country who supplied the terrorists who attacked our country - Saudi Arabia – the heart of Islam – birthplace of Mohammed.
I have lost respect for Bush due to his close relations with the Saudi Royal family. These people – every single one of them – are our enemies. If they weren't, they would have already rooted out the Al Qaeda among them.
During the recent election, I encouraged people to vote for Kerry JUST to get rid of George Bush who in my opinion is in denial about what this war is all about – and I'm not referring to the war in Iraq, which is simply a case of misplaced resources. I am referring to the war of Islam versus the West. Iraq is not the seat of Islam – Mecca is the seat of Islam and it is in Saudi Arabia. A large percentage of the fighters killing our young men and women in Iraq are from Saudi Arabia. They are well financed by wealthy Saudis and fanatical enough to blow up innocent Iraqis and American troops in suicide missions.
Comment from the greater Islamic community in this country – to this day – is still weak on condemning the September 11 attacks. Mullahs and hate speakers still draw crowds at Friday services in giant mosques that are growing at an unprecedented rate in this country.
I keep hearing from our President and others in his administration, that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. If that is so, why are Christians, Jews, and non-Muslim practitioners of other faiths persecuted directly and in-directly in every Muslim country on this planet? This persecution is in the form of imprisonment, denial of employment rights, denial of freedom to worship, torture, and in some cases death.
Within six hours of the September 11 attacks, I concluded this was another event in the war between Islam and the West. A war that most people know – unless they are historically challenged – has been going on for centuries. I am appalled that our President is unaware of this and has tried to con the American public that this is a mere aberration of history and that only a minority of "bad" Moslems are giving us grief in the world. Why does he call our enemy terrorists, which reflects an anonymous enemy? Why doesn't he call our enemy, radical Islamists – which they are? Most Americans are aware of the true nature of our enemy. Why is George Bush soft peddling who our enemy is? Probably the oil, don't you think.
Put another spin on this and let me ask you this question to see if you know who the enemy is: If someone offered you an all expense paid trip for you and your family to visit any of the following countries:Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Ethiopia, Turkey, Nigeria, Pakistan, Yemen, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kuwait – or any country whose primary population is Moslem. Would you accept the gift? Would you consider the George Bush philosophy that Moslems will extend peace and tolerance to you if you visit those countries? Would feel free to carry a Bible in your luggage?
On the other hand, would you say, "Great! Let's go, never turn town a free gift!" Remember, this gift is for you and your "family." I know what I would do, but I'm asking you. Please write a letter to PO and express yourself on this issue. If you think Mike Thomson is paranoid, please don't fail to say so. I think your opinion of my expression, negative or positive, is important.
Another question, rhetorical of course: Suppose the Southern Baptist Convention asked its preachers to encourage the murder of Roman Catholics? What would you demand that your President do? I think I know. Bottom line: Free speech and freedom of religion ends when that speech or that religion creates a threat to the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of other Americans. Worldwide Islam threatens the safety of Americans abroad in Islamic countries and unlike most churches and synagogues in this country, a growing number of mosques in the U.S. have speakers preaching hate for America.
Our safety from radical Islamists around the world and at home is very fragile. It is time the President acknowledges that the present war against terror is a religious war. Quit trying to pacify the Moslems in this country who give tacit support to their brothers fighting against us in this war and crack down – dramatically on the mosques and gatherings of Moslems who preach hate and death to other Americans.
If this is truly, a war against Islamic terrorism – and it is, and if we are truly desperate to win it – which I think most Americans are, then the President and the Congress need to take the war to the real enemy – the heart of Islam – Saudi Arabia. Begin the process of cutting off trade. Drastic you say. No not at all – it's going to happen anyway – in some form.
When Al Qaeda overthrows the Royal family - which it will – do you think they will keep pumping oil for our SUV'S? We must begin cutting off trade now, tighten our belts, and really get serious about developing energy independence – EVEN – if we have to experience a severe – long-term dip in the Dow, lose jobs, and suffer personal financial loss. We have let foreign oil – particularly Saudi oil, become a national version of cocaine. We are highly addicted and it's going to be our economic death unless we do something drastic. We must make the first strike, not be caught by surprise when Saudi Arabia falls – which it will.
Fifteen hundred Americans and thousands of Iraqis have died in the current misplaced war. The administration shows signs of wanting to get out before the public demands they abandon this venture. The press has started the process of demonizing the American soldier and being apologetic for "bad, bad" America for mistreating bloodthirsty radical Islamists who did not give second thought to killing thousands of innocents on a fair September day. This event incidentally was celebrated all over the Islamic world – and by many Moslems in this country. Saudi Arabia, one of our major oil suppliers, supplied a majority of the terrorists, continues – through its citizens – in financially supporting fighters killing our troops in Iraq.
It is time George Bush quits hugging, kissing, holding hands, and sucking up to Saudi royalty. It is time George Bush wake up the American people, tell them the religious nature of the war against terror, and reveal the complicity that Saudi Arabia has in it. Americans are a strong people – even if we have proclivity towards hearing good news instead of bad. Americans however handle the truth well – if told.
The current administration – George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condaleeza Rice, and members of Congress must redefine the war against Islamic Radicalism and make the American public aware – fully aware - of its religious nature. They must quit being politically and culturally correct and expose Americans to the truth. This war is going to go on for a long time and is not going away when George Bush leaves. It possibly may go on for thirty years or more. There is no doubt that thousands more will die over several generations. Our resolve to win this war – and we must win it – will be heightened if our government reveals its true nature.
The truth being that we are in a global conflict with an enemy who considers each one of us an infidel – an unbeliever that is not tolerated wherever true Moslems are present. This is not inflammatory comment. This is the truth.