By Dr. Richard Swier on May 4th, 2011
Something insidious is happening across the world and even in America. Those who speak out against Shariah Islam are being persecuted. I know persecuted is a strong word but that is exactly what it is.
Millions in the free world and even some in the Middle East are openly and joyously celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Bret Stephens in his May 3rd opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal opines that both President Obama and G.W. Bush got it wrong when they said the United States was seeking justice against those who were involved in 9/11. Bret states:
“As for bin Laden, what was meted out to him was vengeance. Vengeance pure and simple, sweet and sound. Vengeance cathartic, uplifting, necessary and right. Got a problem with that?”
So is vengeance our strategy to deal with Shariah Islamists who want to destroy Israel and America?
I believe this is not a strategy that will succeed. In fact I believe it is one that can and will fail. A person commenting on my recent column “Osama is dead but the Axis of Jihad lives on” said:
“If your dog has fleas would you start picking out the fleas one by one? Of course not! The fleas would reproduce a hundred times faster than you can pick them off your dog. The more expedient method is to apply a flea control product which eliminates the fleas in minutes and keeps them away for weeks.”
Well the current approach to resolving the existential threat of Shariah Islam is the same as picking fleas one at a time. Instead of applying a flea control product we are targeting select individuals while the movement grows in both military and political strength.
The only meaningful flea control product is the freedom to openly criticize Shariah Islam.
While taking out bin Laden in the short term feels good it does not address the ideology that he and millions of other fully Shariah compliant individuals, organizations and nation states hold near and dear. The big flea nest is Iran. The other big flea nest is the Muslim Brotherhood. The free world must apply the long term flea control product known as freedom of speech to deal with all these flea nests.
Sadly, what is happening across the world is people who speak out against the flea nests are ridiculed, called Islamaphobic, brought to trial for speaking the truth about Shariah Islam or worse killed. In Europe we find Dutch Member of Parliament (MP) Geert Wilders being tried for making the documentary Fitna. During final remarks at his trial in Amsterdam on May 3rd Geert said, “For almost seven years now, I have not been a free man. I lost my freedom in 2004 [when he
released Fitna] . I live as a prisoner with guards without you having convicted me. Without protection I am even less certain of my life than I am now.”
What MP Wilders is lamenting is he is not a free man if he cannot speak freely. Europe does not have freedom of speech as we understand it under our U.S. Constitution. An unalienable right given to all man kind.
In America we have witnessed the burning of just three Qur’ans.
The first by New Jersey transit worker Derek Fenton at a protest in front of the proposed Ground Zero mosque. Derek was fired for this act of free speech. He has since been vindicated, rehired, with all back pay and allowances restored. He was awarded additional compensation and all legal fees by the court.
The second burning was by Florida pastor Terry Jones. His action was condemned by everyone from the President, to the Secretary of Defense, to the media and the general public. He went to Dearborn, MI and was denied the right to hold a peaceful protest outside a mosque on Good Friday 2011. The rejection by Dearborn has led to a lawsuit filed by the Ann Arbor based Thomas Moore Law Center.
The third Qur’an burning was done by Ann Barnhart, a young Colorado woman, rancher and mother, who took exception to Senator Lindsey Graham saying on CBS’s Face the Nation, “I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable [speaking about Pastor Jones burning
of the Qur’an]. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war.”
Yes, the free world is in a war! We are all at war with an ideology that is totalitarian and demands all other systems of government and beliefs submit to it, and it alone. It’s name is Sharia Islam and it badly needs a very long lasting flea control product called the truth. Killing one flea is not a global strategy to defeat Shariah Islam.
The only effective weapon we have is the freedom of speech.
As Thomas Paine said in in 1776, “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”