By Jay B Gaskill

On September 11, 2001, militant Islamist fanatics attacked the USA, took down two skyscrapers and murdered three thousand innocent men, women and children, including 200 firefighters and emergency responders who bravely entered the inferno.

On February 1, 2002, Daniel Pearl, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was beheaded by an Islamist fanatic, recorded by an infamous three minute video by which millions witnessed that horror. On the video, Pearl said – My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA. I come from, uh, on my father’s side the family is Zionist. My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.

Then US military forces crushed the Taliban in Afghanistan, and destroyed the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. For a brief moment, the nearby radical mullahs in Iran were worried.

Flash forward to 2008: The US public seemed war weary and elected a new President who was committed to extricating the US from Afghanistan and Iraq and using diplomatic engagement and economic sanctions to dissuade the radical Islamist regime in Iran from developing an atomic bomb capability.

As of now, the Afghanistan government, having been functionally abandoned by US forces, is being forced to negotiate with the Taliban. The Iraqi government has lost control of two cities to Islamic militants and is struggling to contain the Islamic surge. The Iranian government has continued apace with its bomb program and is now only months from the “breakout” point, the moment when they will possess enough military grade fissile material to quickly make atomic bombs. On that dark day, the balance of power in the region will have tilted, possibly irrevocably in the direction of radical, militant Islam,

On August 19th or 20th of this year, Journalist James Foley (a Roman Catholic) was beheaded by an Islamist fanatic. Once again, the gory event was released on video. The same Islamist fanatics have recently beheaded other captives, even children. Suddenly, a number of commentators are reacting to this outrage as if it is something new. Think of it – a fanatic Islamist movement that seriously intends to set up an Islamist state. Who would have thought? And a beheading? What were they thinking?

“The practice of terror serves the true believer not only to cow and crush his opponents but also to invigorate and intensify his own faith.” Eric Hoffer, longshoreman philosopher in his iconic book, The True Believer

CNN : US President Barack Obama now admits that his decision to play a vacation round of golf immediately after addressing the murder of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State, was a mistake.”

I should have anticipated the optics,” Obama said.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Yesterday, Mr. Obama announced to the world that America is going to take the threat seriously. He promises to “’degrade and ultimately destroy’” the militants, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” He promised to send 475 military advisors to Iraq; he will authorize some airstrikes; and he will work on building a coalition. From today’s New York Times, 9/11/14.

As pause in gratitude to celebrate our freedoms and security on this 13th anniversary of the 911 attacks, I took a moment to revisit an article I posted here on December 29, 2005, titled, YEATS’ ROUGH BEAST IS ISLAMOSTAN.

The reference was the famous poem of William Butler Yeats, which begins with these lines–

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

The poem ends with the lines

…what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Here is what I wrote in 2005 as augmented with a few current 911 observations in bold italics.

“The jihad terror game is intended to shake up conditions in the middle East until a single Pan-Islamist state can emerge; this vision contemplates a nuclear armed, oil funded Islamist world power, one fully capable of intimidating the West. To achieve this grand vision, all non-cooperative governments within and without the region must be overturned or neutralized. I will be calling this super-power-to-be Islamostan [1], and its driving purpose will be the establishment of The Islamist Imperium.

“World weary Europeans seem all too complacent at the prospect. Even to some Americans the possibility of a large Islamist state might once have seemed less than apocalyptic. But the following factors changed everything:

“September 11th, 2001. The virulently anti-Western, anti-Israeli, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish Islamist ideology is strongly entrenched in Saudi Arabia where it is held in check only by the corrupt royal family, and deeply embedded in Pakistan where the moderate leanings of the current government rest on a single pro-Western figure against whom there have been failed assassination attempts.

“ Iran’s ruling mullahs (the country’s proto-democracy having been hijacked by these extremist clerics) enjoy access to nuclear bomb-making technology and the funds to buy more. Millions of disaffected, rootless, humiliated Islamic males are available as willing foot soldiers in a jihad against the West and its putative puppets in the region. For them, this will be “jihad-as-therapy”, a potential vindication for failed lives, a failed economic system and an otherwise discredited ideology masquerading as a major world religion. With the recent exception of the new governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, the moderate and/or pro-Western rulers in the region are perceived as illegitimate.

[Sadly, through foreign policy neglect, the initial US achievements in these countries are being reversed, as I write this.]

“The Western European countries who are in the direct line of fire are disabled by a combination of circumstances both political and psychological; they include the massive infiltration of large Islamist sub-populations that refuse assimilation, and a set of current governments infected by a multi-culturist mindset, seemingly impotent to decisively address the threat.

“A seventh factor might have ensured the eventual triumph of the Islamist Imperium. But the jihadist’s catastrophic miscalculation on 9-11-01 rocked the American mindset and changed government policy. But for that shock, this country’s foreign policies might well have been dominated by isolationists in the tradition on WW II’s German sympathizers. Instead, the architects of the Islamist Imperium now face an awakened American administration, zero tolerance for terrorist-harboring regimes, and a proactive campaign to seed the region with moderate democratic regimes.

“I grant to the critics of the current administration [I was referring to the critics of the Bush Administration, of course] a certain measure of wisdom born of prudence and caution. But the very notion that we might retreat into isolationist complacency belies the very nature and gravity of the threat. “

[In 2008, we elected those very critics to govern us, and they are only now, belatedly and half-heartedly joining the party.]

“We find ourselves as if projected by a time machine to pre WW II Europe at the very birth of the Third Reich, yet armed with the knowledge of what might unfold if the train of events is not stopped. The Islamist Imperium must not be allowed to succeed.

“As it happens, history has given this nation, whether in coalition with like-minded allies or not, all the resources and intelligence needed to defeat this mindless jihad and to guide events in a more benign “direction. The question at hand is whether we can retain the will for the long term. “

{But that is now the crucial question of the day.}

“Our failure would allow the birth of a new multi-state tyranny with the power to nuke American cities at will. Its rulers would belong to a fringe sub-culture that calls suicide murders ‘martyrdom operations.’

“Peaceful co-existence? It would make the cold war seem like a cake walk.”

Copyright 2014 by Jay B Gaskill

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