Post from http://coldfury.com/2021/09/11/the-main-enemy/ Sept. 11th, 2021
Twenty years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, it’s safe to say they did not herald the defining, all-consuming civilizational struggle we had anticipated. The thing we most feared, Islamic terrorism, did not prove to be our worst enemy or the greatest threat to our republic. The real enemy, it turns out, came from within.
In the 20 years since the attacks, America’s own totalitarian left has proven to be a far more dangerous and committed enemy of the United States than any distant jihadists, harboring as much hatred for our heritage of freedom and chaotic way of life as Osama bin Laden ever did.
Christopher Hitchens famously described bin Laden’s animating ideology as, “fascism with an Islamic face,” later adopting the apt term, “Islamofascism.” Hitchens thought the fascist……………………..
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My thoughts on this excellent discussion:
The Islamists object to non-conformance to their customs which are in effect their controls on their society. They want all people to obey their ‘customs’ which are the chains they put on their societal members metaphorically.
The democrats want us to obey their rules. They first put them forth as ‘suggestions’ then claiming they would like voluntary submission to their dictates. When a sizeable portion of society makes it clear they will not ‘conform’ to the requests they then up the ante and make them mandatory.
In both cases the leadership issues the demands and then punishes severely those who refuse to comply. I will add that also in both cases, the purpose of the group is not to follow a divine creed or other virtuous pursuit but to amass as much power and influence as possible. There is no idealism present in either.
The naked version of both reveals an ugly power hungry elite who use any and all means to increase that power and protect their positions at all costs.
The word Fascism is very appropriately applied to any entity that uses absolute control to maintain its authority. You can look at the Islamo-Fascist states in the world where there are no levels of tolerance and then to the United States and those political entities, be they states or cities, that are using all means at their disposal to increase their strangehold on the people they supposedly represent.
Little did we know on September 11th, 2001 that we were about to embark on a path of destruction of our own citizen’s rights and freedoms while we pursued an enemy abroad. The advent of the Homeland Security Administration fostered new levels of government intrusions into our lives and did so with the blind obedience of a citizenry that thought they were doing the right thing. The one thing that was un-foreseen was the willingness of power hungry politicians to abuse these new found controls and further suppress the freedoms that made our nation great.
Ultimately, the enemy of both Islam and The oppressive political state is freedom itself. This freedom was never supposed to exist and had we not gone through the religious reformation we would not be enjoying it today. Only by identifying the source of intolerance in our own governing entities both the Church and the monarch, did we then understand that to be free we must be rid of both as the dictators of our rights as citizens. By embracing the strength of our own existences did we find true Liberty. Our passions and compassion and the power that these embody allowed man to elevate more of his fellow people to happiness and a better life than any church or government could.
Life and human behavior do run in cycles. There are repetitive evolutions where we seem to repeat the same mistakes over and over. This is because the real weakness of man is not his desire to be free. It is his desire to control the environment around him including other people. This is our greatest failing in that we do not place our trust in virtue but instead we place our trust in fears and then act to allay them.
The lessons of 9-11 are not in how we were surprised by people who sought to hurt us. They are that we could not see how that could happen here and practically without our noticing. The Islamists who attacked us fear our freedom. The politicians who oppress us fear the same.
The people who died on 9-11 and since were all proclaiming freedom from oppression and the love of fellow people who believe the same. This is the silver lining we should never forget. If we are to persevere in our pursuit of freedom we cannot let those who wish to stop us from doing so.