To The Daily Sun,
The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, states our president. The Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are upset at the West because of social, political and economic dysfunction within their own society asserts most of the Democratic talking heads.
Former President Bill Clinton claimed that "these forces of reaction (al-Qaida) feed on disillusionment, poverty and despair." Bruce Thornton would like to ask the aforementioned leaders of our country the following: "Why is it that the billions of people around the globe who are even more impoverished and hopeless, have not created a multinational network of groups dedicated to inflicting brutal mayhem and violence on those who do not share their faith or would block their vision of global domination?"
Bruce goes on to affirm that we refuse to diagnose the problem properly so all the economic development and democratic nation building will never provide the answer to neutralize jihadism. Unfortunately, former President George Bush failed to understand that when he tried to develop a democracy in Iraq. Yes, the surge did stabilize Iraq and just might have kept the jihadists at bay in that region if not for President Obama's feeble and failed attempt at establishing a status of forces agreement, residual force in Iraq. The result was a destabilized region and a welcome mat for ISIS, provided by our Democrat president.
So-called experts of all political stripes have erroneously compared the global aspirations of the Muslim world to that of the Soviet Union's desire for world denomination. Bruce notes that Soviet Communism was a materialist, atheist ideology imposed by force on deeply religious people. It ultimately failed at both, neither delivering material prosperity nor successfully suppressing the religious needs of its citizens.
Despite the corrupt and dysfunctional Russian economy, Putin's autocracy enjoys strong support in part because he acknowledges that religious piety lies at the core of its national identity and separates them from the secular, godless West. Just let that maddening juxtaposition simmer on your consciousness for awhile.
We continue to face the slow erosion of our Judeo-Christian roots in the face of the growth of secular humanism, political correctness, and moral relativism which is leading to the destruction of the very moral fiber that has held this country together for so long.
The Communism vs. Islam analogy is flawed because the Muslim world is steeped in profound Islamic spirituality and the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Qatar and others embrace that. What Muslims see on worldwide media and hear at their Friday sermons in their mosques, regarding America and the West is as Bruce states, "a godless Sodom of materialism and depravity fostered by rootless individualism and irresponsible license camouflaged as prosperity and democratic freedom." That is what feeds this centuries-old conflict between Islam and all infidels. That is why they are able to commit such death and destruction with a clear conscience and why this "share hummus not hate" diplomacy nonsense may get more and more of us killed.
Though some of the Muslim nations seem more moderate than others and have disdain for some of the extreme violence, they all appear to agree on one theme. Bruce believes that theme is "spiritual solidarity, desire to live under Shari'a law and dreams of Islamic global dominance." I think he is dead-on right when he warns us that, "until we see jihadism as a spiritual rather than a material phenomenon, we will continue to pursue tactics and policies doomed to fail."
Kudos to the research and analysis of Bruce Thornton that is contained in much of this letter. Bruce is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Ctr and a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is also a professor of classics and humanities at California State University.