Thursday, August 10, 2006

It's all local - a 'cold' civil war?

"All politics are local" is a semi-famous quote attributed to Tip O'neill.

It turns out that Jihad has a local twist as well.

H/T Don Surber and others, including Our Own Bill Faith.

Investigators: Pair with passenger info, phones linked to terror

Investigators in southeast Ohio said they were working to unravel how two Michigan men charged with supporting terrorism came to have airplane passenger lists and airport security information.

Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, were being held at the Washington County jail on $200,000 bond each, which could be raised at a Thursday afternoon court hearing. Each was charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism.

As it happens I have a passing familiarity with the Washington County jail although I think it's been rebuilt since.

Marietta, with about 14,000 people, is about 90 miles southeast of Columbus and 12 miles northeast of Parkersburg, W.Va.

And I was born and raised in Parkersburg, but the point of my post is not to bore you with tales of my youth.

We are faced with an enemy that lives among us and is invisible save one small detail that we can't acknowledge - and in this case they're Muslim!

For years I've entertained the notion that a civil war between the liberal/left/communist/socialist and the rest of us was a distinct possibility, but, in fact, the ground work is being laid for what might be called a 'cold' civil war on two fronts. In an earlier post here I cited an article that mentioned some of the methods and tactics involved.

Let me re-post this bit for emphasis:

One of the hallmarks of the West is freedom of speech and freedom of expression, permitting critiques of claims about religion truths, but Islamic law does not allow such debate or criticism. The question many scholars as well as political leaders ask is whether Islam is compatible with democracy or whether Islam can be modernized? Specifically, can Islam tolerate freedom of expression in America? Under the United States Constitution the State and Church are separated at least by the principle, whereas Islam does not make this distinction.

In past 'hot' wars these elements have been set aside as needed (not always wisely), but the current environment will simply not permit these tools to be used to any beneficial extent. So where does that leave us?

It leaves us facing a reverse of the 'old' cold war in many ways. Similar to the collapse of the USSR the United States is apt to collapse because we can't take the steps needed to protect ourselves and, seemingly, maintain the illusion that our political system will survive anything. Of course, the 'cold' civil war analogy can be easily extended to illegal immigration.

The only real question, if we continue with this 'head in the sand' view, is whether we will be speaking Spanish or Arabic first. Neither threat will subside unless we stop them, and with the exception of folks like that small town deputy and a few others here and there - we don't seem willing to try.

With hardly a shot fired we're losing this 'cold' civil war, instead of a wall coming down the borders are! Instead of monitoring those who clearly present a threat they're coming to a small town near YOU!


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