From The Gathering Storm Blog

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Muravchik wrote about the Winds of War. I’m flattered that he’s been reading my blog . Be that what it may, he sees the gathering storm of the coming war and made some important remarks concerning the reasons why. His reasons ties in nicely to how history is repeating itself.

The apparent meaning of all of this pointless provocation and bullying is that the axis of radicals–Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah–is feeling its oats. In part its aim is to intimidate the rest of us, in part it is merely enjoying flexing its muscles. It believes that its side has defeated America in Iraq, and Israel in Gaza and Lebanon. Mr. Ahmadinejad recently claimed that the West has already begun to “surrender,” and he gloated that “final victory . . . is near.” It is this bravado that bodes war.

A large portion of modern wars erupted because aggressive tyrannies believed that their democratic opponents were soft and weak. Often democracies have fed such beliefs by their own flaccid behavior. Hitler’s contempt for America, stoked by the policy of appeasement, is a familiar story. But there are many others. North Korea invaded South Korea after Secretary of State Dean Acheson declared that Korea lay beyond our “defense perimeter.” Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait after our ambassador assured him that America does not intervene in quarrels among Arabs. Imperial Germany launched World War I, encouraged by Great Britain’s open reluctance to get involved. Nasser brought on the 1967 Six Day War, thinking that he could extort some concessions from Israel by rattling his sword.

Democracies, it is now well established, do not go to war with each other. But they often get into wars with non-democracies. Overwhelmingly the non-democracy starts the war; nonetheless, in the vast majority of cases, it is the democratic side that wins. In other words, dictators consistently underestimate the strength of democracies, and democracies provoke war through their love of peace, which the dictators mistake for weakness.

In a very concise way, Muravchik has given the reason why this declared war on democracy by those who champion Islamism will begin sooner rather than later. This war might be a traditional shooting war that the Islamists will most certainly loose. But there is another possibility. Why risk loosing to technological superior enemy when the much more covert tactics of media, demographic, litigation, institutional, financial, economic and thuggery jihads are proving quite successful.

That is to say in the words of Admiral Yamamoto, why ‘awaken a sleeping giant”. The political and demographic jihads of intimidation, infiltration and disinformation have succeeded quite well in muddying the democracies responses at self-defense – with the gleeful help of the Islamists’ useful idiots.

Amil Imani writes:

Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among the non—Muslims: A new generation of ‘Useful Idiots,’ the sort of people Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also lives in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism—another virulent form of totalitarian ideology.

Useful Idiots are naive, foolish, ignorant of facts, unrealistically idealistic, dreamers, willfully in denial or deceptive. They hail from the ranks of the chronically unhappy, the anarchists, the aspiring revolutionaries, the neurotics who are at war with life, the disaffected alienated from government, corporations, and just about any and all institutions of society. The Useful Idiot can be a billionaire, a movie star, an academe of renown, a politician, or from any other segment of the population.

Arguably, the most dangerous variant of the Useful Idiot is the ‘Politically Correct.’ He is the master practitioner of euphemism, hedging, doubletalk, and outright deception.

The Useful Idiot derives satisfaction from being anti—establishment. He finds perverse gratification in aiding the forces that aim to dismantle an existing order, whatever it may be: an order he neither approves of nor he feels he belongs to.

The Useful Idiot is conflicted and dishonest. He fails to look inside himself and discover the causes of his own problems and unhappiness while he readily enlists himself in causes that validate his distorted perception.

UK Home Secretary John Reid, Newt Gingrich, and the Pentagon have all chimed in over the last few months stating that the misnamed ‘war on terror’ will last a generation or so.

To quote Gingrich:

Americans must steel themselves for a long and arduous war against the “irreconcilable wing of Islam,” which could last anywhere from 30 to 70 years.

A wing?
Were the Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor a ‘wing’ of the Shinto religion? Were the SS a ‘wing’ of a benign National Socialist Party? Mr. Gingrich, if this struggle between a freedom loving ideology and that of the Islamist ideology lasts 70 years without an outbreak of a global war, the Islamists will have won.

Here’s why.

What if Pearl Harbor didn’t happen? And what if Hitler didn’t invade Poland and Mussolini didn’t invade Ethiopia? That is to say, what if the fascist regimes of Japan, Germany and Italy restrained themselves for starting a hot war and didn’t reach for the gun – i.e., putting boots on the ground in other countries to impose their ideology – to advance their agenda of world domination? How would history have turned out? Would the fascist ideology have won?

The fascist regimes were making great strides achieving their goals before 1939. Hitler was handed half of Europe by the appeasers. Japan was winning its war with China. Mussolini was intimidating North Africa and with the help of Hitler, drawing up plans to have the Mufti of Jerusalem start a rebellion against British and French rule. Japan, undermined the control of Dutch and French colonialists in the region. How? Guess what. With the help of Muslims.

Most people at the turn of the twenty-first century have forgotten that there was a time in Japan before World War II when Japanese nationalists showed an Asianist face to the world’s Muslims, whom they wanted to befriend as allies in the construction of a new Asia under Japanese domination. The rise of Japan was a destabilizing factor that attracted Muslim activists who wanted to cooperate with the “Rising Star of the East” against the Western empires, accelerating contacts between Japan and the world of Islam from vast regions of Eurasia and North Africa.

Add the lure of the Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere and you have the makings of an infiltration strategy that played on the desires of those under colonial rule and side with the Japanese and their goals. Both the Germans and the Japanese played both sides against the middle when planning the strangulation of the democracies.

As we know, appeasement of Hitler and his demands was the order of the day before the outbreak of war in Europe. Hitler’s National Socialism had strong admires in Britain.

Lord Halifax records how he told Hitler: “Although there was much in the Nazi system that profoundly offended British opinion, I was not blind to what he (Hitler) had done for Germany, and to the achievement from his point of view of keeping Communism out of his country.”

There was even support for Hitler’s ideas. One such group consisted of the Duke of Windsor (the former King Edward VIII) and appeasement-minded elitists known as the “Cliveden Set.” The Nazis had longstanding social ties with this group and confided in them.

It has long been widely accepted that this aristocratic Germanophile social network was not only in favour of the appeasement of Adolf Hitler but also in favour of friendly relations with Nazi Germany .

Sounds like the Bush Administration and the EU today.

This support for Nazism in Europe was widespread, sweeping across the European continent from Britain, Ireland, France, the Low Countries, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe right into Russia itself. Of the more famous pro-National Socialist movements with large followings the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, the Francistes in France, the Rexist party in Belgium, the Dutch National Socialist Bund, the Iron Guard in Romania and the Russian National Liberation Army, amongst others.

One might say of Europe, that even the shameless bigotry towards Jews was not enough to sway Nazi supporters against Hitler in the democratic counties of Europe. Again – the abandonment of Israel by the democracies of the world that is happening today.

This weakened the moral and political resolve of the democracies who feared another war like WW I and didn’t want to see it repeated – at any cost.

The US at the time was no different. The use of ‘peace movements’ in this county like the America First Committee and the lure of the American Bund Party to German-Americans sought to undermine efforts of FDR to oppose Hitler and Japan’s expansion policies and act as infiltration agents for the Nazis. Add the strong Nazi presence – and growing support – in South America and you find the US isolated within the womb of its self-imposed neutrality.

A political collapse of mainland Europe already weakened by political and economic strife, a real non-aggression pact with Russia in keeping with Karl Haushofer a “Eurasist” who advocated a policy of German – Russian hegemony and alliance, the slow absorption of Britain into the Nazi fold, rebellions instigated by Hitler and Mussolini in the middle east (read control of oil), Japan’s political success of their Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere and their support of anti-colonial nationalist groups in the sub-continent – all would have exploited the playing filed tilted in the favor of the fascist regimes. If they exercised some patience (a generation or so?) they could have dominated the world without reaching for the gun?

Now fast forward to today.

The very same strategy of infiltration and appeasement is being employed now by the Islamists and their useful idiots. Using the many types of Jihads at their disposal – militant, institutional, cultural, media, demographic and litigation Jihads – they could reach their goals of an Islamic dominated world in a generation or so while the non-Muslim countries have their tunnel vision firmly focused on the most obvious jihad – terrorism, or the militant Jihad – and forgetting the more insidious and successful non-violent Jihads.

The jihadists are smart. Smarter than we give them credit for. They hide behind innocent women and children while striking out against anti-Islamic forces causing casualties to their involuntary human shields and promulgating nervous hand wringing by useful idiots who can’t see that the terrorists are the true evil. What‘s not readily seen, even by the anti-jihadist forces, is the more insidious tactic of hiding among average Muslims, pressing their objectives of Islamatizing the world using the non-violent tactics of intimidation, infiltration and disinformation. When these are used, and the non-Muslim community bristles at such attempts at implementing Sharia law, the average Muslim is told that these responses by non-Muslims attempting to protect their culture and personal freedoms as an attack on their religion.

Smart. Very smart.

Europe is fast becoming Eurabia and like much of Europe in the 1930s, slowly being absorbed into the Islamic fold. The once multi-faith Far East is radicalizing. Iran is making inroads in South America by invitation of the buffoon Chavez – and the US is confused and dazed by the apologists and appeasers and the increasing onslaught of Islamism under the protection of political correctness and multiculturalism. The Islamists could win without putting boots on the ground and forcibly imposing their ideology on the world. The question is – will Islam, out of impatience or over confidence, reach for the gun?

If they’re smart – they won’t.

I see another scenario if violence is the weapon of choice of the Islamists. First, civil war in Europe with the objective of Islamists imposing Sharia law on the continent and in Britain. This scenario is not mine nor is it new. Europe may have to choose between Islamo-fascism and neo- fascism. Not a pleasant choice for Europeans.

And what of America? It could have another fate – an American Intifada. Daniel Pipes outlines a possible scenario.

The absence of large-scale terrorism prompted analysts smugly to conclude that law enforcement had prevailed; or that the Islamists had opted for non-violent means. It thus came as a great surprise in June 2008 when 51 bombs went off within a few hours in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, killing over 800 people in schools, stores, and subways.

[I]dentical leaflets appeared near each of the bombings. Signed by Jihadis for Justice, a hitherto unknown group, the flyers called for replacing the Constitution with the Koran and bringing the country’s foreign policy in line with Tehran’s.

The violence became daily, ubiquitous, endemic, and routine, occurring in rural towns, upscale suburbs, and metropolitan centres, targeting private houses, restaurants, university buildings, gas stations, and electricity grids…… Some terrorists avoided this ignominious fate by engaging in suicide attacks, usually accompanied by boastful Internet videos. In all, roughly 100,000 incidents meant an average 10,000 deaths and many times more injuries each year.

ABC News is reporting that a “spectacular” attack by al Qaeda is in the works. If such a scenario transpires, while politicians dither back and forth about how to respond to such a scenario and civil rights groups call for restraint, Americans, like in the aftermath of 9-11, will seek out information to try and understand what has happened and why wasn’t the enemy identified and prevented from performing these attacks.

They’re not going to get this education from the main stream media who was part and parcel in keeping Americans ignorant of the threat. The blogospher may be the only place for Americans to find out the truth of what has been transpiring over the last few decades.

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