Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Call The NYPD..Someone Kidnapped NYT Columnist Tom Friedman

Someone is holding him prisoner somewhere and is cranking out columns in his name.Like this one:

Let’s not fool ourselves. Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat. The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad against America and the West. Whatever surge we do in the real Afghanistan has no chance of being a self-sustaining success, unless there is a parallel surge — by Arab and Muslim political and religious leaders — against those who promote violent jihadism on the ground in Muslim lands and online in the Virtual Afghanistan {...}

We need more Arab and Muslim allies to kill their extremist ideas, which, thanks to the Virtual Afghanistan, are now being spread farther than ever before.

Only Arabs and Muslims can fight the war of ideas within Islam. We had a civil war in America in the mid-19th century because we had a lot of people who believed bad things — namely that you could enslave people because of the color of their skin. We defeated those ideas and the individuals, leaders and institutions that propagated them, and we did it with such ferocity that five generations later some of their offspring still have not forgiven the North.

Islam needs the same civil war. It has a violent minority that believes bad things: that it is O.K. to not only murder non-Muslims — “infidels,” who do not submit to Muslim authority — but to murder Muslims as well who will not accept the most rigid Muslim lifestyle and submit to rule by a Muslim caliphate.

What is really scary is that this violent, jihadist minority seems to enjoy the most “legitimacy” in the Muslim world today. Few political and religious leaders dare to speak out against them in public. Secular Arab leaders wink at these groups, telling them: “We’ll arrest if you do it to us, but if you leave us alone and do it elsewhere, no problem.”

Gaaah! Something has definitely happened to Tom Friedman...he's actually using the word jihadist *gasp*.

I can't believe this slipped past Pinch and the boys at the Times.Because whomever wrote this column is 100% correct - the real enemy is inside the gates, radicalizing and recruiting Muslims in the West for jihad.

Read it all,but don't make a habit of it. The real Tom Friedman is bound to escape captivity sooner or later, and then things will be back to normal.

Of course, what Friedman avoids looking it is the simple question of what happens if Muslims decide not to fight that civil war he's talking about, which is how it appears to be going.

After all, people have been waiting for 'moderate Islam' to surface for a long time now, and it mostly hasn't.

if that trend continues as I expect it will, it means that the West is going to have to confront, militarily or otherwise, the countries that promote, sponsor, finance and harbor jihad against the West..including Friedman's friends the Saudis.Rather than the 'civil war of ideas' he's talking about, that 's going to mean a real war, just as Samuel Huntington visualized a decade ago.

Are Friedman and his ideological soulmates up for that struggle? Let's hope so.

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