Out of all the images I’ve seen, some of which I’ve saved, this one strikes me the most. The people who made the awful decision to exercise some small amount of control over their fate and chose to die by their own hand rather than incinerate – or, as we saw, be crushed as the buildings collapsed (a fate that may or may not have occurred to them).
What concerns me is this: for the most part we have returned to a terrible sense of normalcy – that things are under control. Our intelligence and other agencies have, for the most part, done admirably in catching terrorists before they act. And that is a problem for we don’t see the ever-shifting, ever-morphing enemy of Western Civilization as it struggles to find an “in” and deliver another blow.
I had not known, prior to that date, the history of Islam. And in writing this, let me state as clearly as possible that there are, in fact, Muslims who have walked away from the harsher parts of that belief system. But the purest form of that socio-political-religious system can be seen in its history as the greatest murder machine in human history.
If those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, let’s become familiar with the history:
We are in a civilizational war – nothing less – but for the most part only one side is fighting. In fact, for the most part, the widespread attitude in the West is that there is no war – despite 9-11 and the ongoing invasion of Europe by migration and demographic changes.
The history of Islam is of relentless conquest and expansion – and massacres on a scale that dwarfs Nazism and Communism. And we are utterly and actively blind to it, as though we – in our “enlightened and superior” way – cannot believe it possible that in today’s secular world persons could be so committed to such a belief.
The complacency, in the face of massive evidence of another attempt by Islam to devour the world, is what worries me so. And I wonder what it would take to truly wake people up?