Saturday, June 2, 2007
Jihad is not an Isolated Issue.........
I’m grateful that our future president recognizes the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam. About a month ago, he was criticized for his stance on Afghanistan and Bin Laden--Mitt’s view that Osama will pay and die isn’t good enough for some (McCain). The fact is—he just recognizes that terrorism is a bigger issue than just one man and one nation. You know, there are literally MILLIONS (6% of the entire Muslim population) who follow radical Islam and pray and plan for the destruction of the United States.
Here’s what Mitt had to say May 31, 2007:
"Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Understandably, the nation tends to focus on Afghanistan and Iraq, where American men and women are dying. We think in terms of countries because countries were our enemies in the last century's great conflicts. The congressional debate in Washington has largely, and myopically, focused on whether troops should be redeployed from Iraq to Afghanistan, as if these were isolated issues. Yet the jihad is much broader than any one nation, or even several nations. It is broader than the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, or that between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to Islam. This plan sounds irrational, and it is. But it is no more irrational than the policies pursued by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s and Stalin's Soviet Union during the Cold War. And the threat is just as real."