Yesterday, by snail mail I received clipping from a local paper. It was about a speech delivered at the intelligence summit in Washington, DC on Feb. 18 by Brigitte Gabriel. I skimmed a few paragraphs, then completely forgot what I was doing, tossed my bifocals on the prayer rug, and read the whole thing word for word. Here is part of it. You can read the whole excerpt being circulated here.
Why They Hate
The West has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.
I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted “Allah Akbar!” My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word “infidel.”
I had a crash course in survival. Not in the Girl Scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of 13 I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night, waiting to be slaughtered. By the age of 20, I had buried most of my friends–killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London. We were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.
As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12, 2001, and asking themselves “Why do they hate us?” The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim World. But if America and the West were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to ask the question. Simply put, they hate us because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word: “infidels.”
You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper. From burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, to warnings that the West be prepared for another holocaust, those pictures have given us a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. News pictures and video of these events represent a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared “Intifada” on the West.
A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian Territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause.
America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must “engage” our terrorist enemies, that we must “address their grievances”. Their grievance is our freedom of religion. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.
After reading this, I sat stunned for a moment just absorbing it. A part of it rang true, as being from someone�s personal experience. I had seen the underground shelter of a Moslem family near an international border. They had lived underground during an invasion; only the father had gone out for food. But as I ran Gabriel�s whole piece through the sieve of my own experience, a part of it did not ring true. Moderate Moslems do exist, many of them. They are just ordinary people using their religion to live the best lives they know how to live. I know. I have seen them. All those Moslems who explained their culture and helped me cope with living in a strange land. The Moslem neighbors who invited me for Iftar at sunset on the first day of Ramadan. So many strangers; so many gestures of hospitality.
So who is Brigitte Gabriel and what does she stand for? Her organization is called the American Congress for Truth (ACT) “American” AND “truth” all in the name of one three-word organization? The only word they’re missing is “justice”.
She sees what Moslems have done to Arab Christians as being indicative of Islamic intentions towards Israel and America.
…every American must become informed about who our enemy is.
And here are some of the words from the original speech that were left out of the speech as it was circulated:
The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of the enemy.
If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world. This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting.
America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy. Islam.
And yet, there are still Americans who are unable or unwilling to recognize the nature or the extent of the threat presented by radical Islam. Whether motivated by naive wishful thinking or rigid political correctness, they assert that Islam is a moderate, tolerant and peaceful religion that has been hijacked by extremists. They refuse to accept that in the Muslim world, EXtreme is MAINstream.
For those of us who’s first language is Arabic and are able to read the language they are written in, we can understand completely where all the hatred and bigotry is coming from. Their sacred obligation to impose Islam upon the entire world evidenced by their hatred and animosity towards non-believers is not a distortion of Islam, nor is it the creation of a few extremists who have hijacked an allegedly peaceful and tolerant religion. It is the underlying theme of the Koran and the Hadith.
This army doesn’t work independently but is supported and protected by a community and a neighborhood. It is suicidal to label any Islamic community as moderate because it is this same community that protected, supported and shielded the extremists and made their suicide operation possible.
You might want to ask some of your older Japanese-American friends what the next step of this argument might be.
Have a nice day.