Americans need to wake up and understand that Radical Islam is a threat to our very existence. We can never allow Sharia law or Islamic ghettos where Muslims only have their schools and children are unable to socialize with children of other beliefs. This is wrong any way you look at it. Political correctness and appeasement will not fix this problem. Radical Islam is THE THREAT to the world as we know it today. Sorry libs its NOT global warming, its radical ISLAM. If Muslims want to live in the US, then they have to integrate with us and live under our laws. That’s it period. In researching my book The Link, I found an interesting Congressional hearing titled “9/11 FIVE YEARS LATER: GAUGING ISLAMIST TERRORISM” from September 7, 2006 that describes how to defeat radical Islam. A major way is first to call out Radical Islam and not be politically correct. These people want one thing, the complete domination and destruction of the Western World as we know. Just think of it as the Taliban taking control of every country in the world.
In War Footing, we offer a number of specific recommendations about how America
could implement such strategies at this juncture. They include the following:
1. Stop evading the issue. No government strategy to date for the so-called ‘‘War
on Terror’’ has included political warfare as an element of the American arsenal.
2. Devise, staff up, and begin executing a political warfare strategy. Countering the
Islamofascist ideology must be its principal focus.
3. De-legitimize Islamist extremism in the eyes of Muslims, and especially its potential
supporters. We need to show that, although violent Islamism is certainly a
problem for us in the West, it is a vastly greater problem for the Muslim community.
• Challenge the Islamists on religious grounds. Many Muslim leaders teach the
message of civility and tolerance, and their voices need to be amplified. We
can help call attention to contradictions between Islamism and the Koran, on
such matters as prohibitions of violence against Muslims; relations between
Muslims and ‘‘people of the book’’ (Jews and Christians); the ban on compulsion
in religion; the doctrine of jihad; the rules of war; killing of innocent civilians,
prohibition of suicide, and so forth.
• Expose economic disaster. There is ample evidence that Islamism, and its imposition
of Shari’a law, results in crippling limitations to economic development,
and thus to the socioeconomic well-being of Muslims. Relevant cases
are Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, and Nigeria.
• Celebrate educational opportunity. Radical Islam has a strongly negative effect
on educational standards, due to its narrow emphasis on Koranic instruction
which fails to equip graduates with any practical job skills, destining
them for jihad or unemployment. Where Islamists hold sway, an erosion in
quality similarly afflicts what had been secular educational systems. There is
evidence, moreover, that with the proliferation of madrassa education, functional
illiteracy is spreading, and literacy rates for women are stagnating.
Any serious effort at political warfare must emphasize the huge costs to societies
that do not fully use the talents of half of their population.
• Emphasize progress. Shari’a-ruled countries exhibit a strong bias against
science and technology education, to the huge detriment of their economic de-
Arab world has yet to join the Industrial Revolution—let alone the Information
Revolution—and that it neither produces much scientific literature nor
carries out real research. A successful political warfare strategy must highlight
this key failure by documenting the numerous religious prohibitions and
restrictions on scientific and technological pursuit imposed by Islamist ideology.
• Enshrine human rights. The regular and officially sanctioned abuse of basic
human rights in Shari’a-dominated countries is yet another glaring Islamist
misdeed that needs to be exposed. Such abuse includes the widespread judicial
and customary discrimination and outright mistreatment of women, from
uncivilized practices such as forced marriages to truly inhumane treatment
such as genital mutilation and ‘‘honor’’ killings. Virtually all of these extreme
Islamist tenets and practices stand in direct contradiction to the UN Universal
Declaration of Human Rights—an international human rights standard
to which all of the Shari’a-dominated countries nominally adhere.
4. Use legislative vehicles for political warfare. Congress has an important role to
play. The groundbreaking 1972 Jackson-Vanik Amendment made favorable trade relations
with the Soviet Union contingent on its permitting free emigration. Under
the leadership of the remarkable Senator Henry M. Jackson, this legislation proved
to be a powerful congressionally created political weapon, one that was used to decisive
effect in de-legitimizing totalitarian Soviet Communism. Sanctions legislation
and assistance to democratic opposition movements can serve a similar purpose in
the War for the Free World.
5. Use our strengths. The good news is that Americans are among the world’s experts
at political warfare. The bad news is that we mainly use it against each other:
After all, the strategies and tactics of any hard-fought election campaign are precisely
the stuff of applied political warfare. The talent, creativity, ingenuity, and,
yes, ruthlessness of top-flight political campaign strategists of both parties should
be mustered for the purpose of fighting our enemies and helping our friends rather
than fighting each other.
The model for such an effort is the ‘‘dollar-a-year man,’’ the highly skilled privatesector
leaders who volunteered their services to the government to assist in the
World War II effort. With this kind of help, we could quickly be well on the way
to building a national political warfare capability.
6. Invest in the instruments of political warfare, including public diplomacy. Public
diplomacy, intended to influence perceptions, attitudes, and actions abroad, must
be viewed as a form of political warfare. We have been dramatically underfunding
an important area of natural American expertise and capability: multimedia communications
aimed at foreign audiences. As part of our War Footing strategy, we
must stop nickel-and-diming our international broadcasting operations. All too frequently
in recent years, we have increased transmission to one region at the expense
of reducing it to another.
An immediate and sweeping ramp-up of our international broadcasting capabilities
is needed to provide high-quality programming:
• Voice of America; ‘‘free radios’’; new services like Radio Sawa and Al Hurra;
and support for the extremely effective private-sector broadcasts (for example,
those beamed into Iran from Los Angeles and more innovative, sometimes
covertly sponsored forms).
• A range of formats (television, satellite, AM/FM or shortwave radio or both,
and the Internet).
• Operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, where appropriate.
• Serving every country currently or potentially under assault from Islamism.
The cost of such an ambitious undertaking—though appreciably greater than the
stingy investment we are making in international communications today—pales by
comparison with the costs of military warfare. The investment will be well repaid
if it helps us protect and expand the Free World against the Islamists and their
friends, without resorting to further use of military force.
7. Use the Internet as a tool of political warfare. In particular, the power of creative
Web sites,Webcasting, and blogging should be aggressively exploited.
8. Strengthen the CIA clandestine services, and authorize and fund them for longterm
strategic political warfare.
9. Grant the Department of Defense the primary responsibility for political warfare.
Just as the State Department leads in public diplomacy, the ‘‘warfare’’ side of
communications is legitimately a Pentagon function and must not be assigned to our
10. Don’t forget political warfare in non-Islamist areas. The United States must
combat adversarial political warfare wherever it arises, even in countries traditionally
considered friendly. Despite their differences, the United States and Germany
continue to have strong political, economic, cultural, and military ties. Yet the Socialist/
Green coalition ruling Germany during the first years of the war went out
of bounds in its differences with U.S. policy—to the point of deliberately undermining
American security interests for the sake of political gain in domestic elections.
When politicians cross the line between opposition and sabotage, the United
States must have capabilities to battle them politically.
11. Reinforce and strengthen our friends. By demonstrating that there are not only
consequences for opposing us, but also real and tangible benefits from supporting
us, we can maximize the chances of our success. Critical in this regard is the American
commitment to the continued survival of one of the most exposed countries of
the Free World: Israel.