National Journal has reported President Barack Obama’s new approach to foreign policy. A columnist for the magazine wrote:
“’The war on terror is over,’ one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. ‘Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.’"
That idea, of course, depends on how one defines ‘Islamism.’
In 2007 Mehdi Mozaffari penned an essay, What is Islamism? History and Definition of a Concept. The essay is published on the University of Aarhus (Denmark) website.
Mozaffari offers an articulate explanation of Islamism in an objective manner. He wrote:
“[D]espite sectarian and other differences among various Islamist groups, their final objective remains the same. They all aim at the re-instauration of the Islamic might in the world: to achieve this goal, the use of violence is not rejected, or is explicitly advocated.”
His final words allude to the goal of an Islamic world government. The essay is lengthy but I highly recommend it.
Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com had this to say:
“To Obama, the war on Islamism may be over. For Islamists, the war on America is far from over.”
I’d add that Islamists haven’t just declared war on America and Israel, but on the West in general. All you have to do is read websites, books and transcripts of various programs and you will see what I mean. Don’t read the sanitized stuff. Go to newspapers originating in home countries and translate the pages.
Even Western media acknowledge the ongoing war.
In March, Reuters reported that with “U.S. troops gone, al Qaeda makes Iraq peace elusive.”
Military publications certainly conflict with Obama’s assessment. DoD Buzz ran a recent story asserting the U.S. will be in Afghanistan for at least another decade, to “continue to fund, train and assist the Afghan National Security Forces as a ‘supportive ally’…” That article cited The New York Times.
In early April, Sandy Roberts at Examiner reported on a mob of Islamic extremists who stormed a Christian prayer meeting in a private home in India.
These are sample stories; similar tales abound across the Web.
In December, I reported the Obama administration’s meeting with Islamic nations, expressing my concerns about the impact on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Americans are quite willing, as a people, to live and let live. I do not see this as an approach that “legitimate Islamists” will fully embrace.
If the war is indeed over, perhaps we should ask ourselves why Afghanistan is asking us for $4 billion a year for the next decade.
We should also ask why, according to Reuters, in the first three months of 2012, “al Qaeda-linked fighters have been blamed for attacks that have killed at least 250 people.”
Islamism is not a term that substitutes for Islam. Islamism is not exclusively spiritual in nature. A U.S. president who ignores that fact is doing so on behalf of his own reelection prospects rather than the freedom of people in our country and the world at large, with women, dissidents, Christians and minorities in some countries a particular concern.
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/April 25, 2012)