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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 6, 2009

Posted on November 6 2009 12:49 am
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But we know who our enemy is, no matter that he or anyone else chooses to deny it. We have seen his face, even if we are still reluctant to give him a name. We are at war with radical Islam and with those who offer radical Islam aid and comfort, and this means with the international radical left. Both see America as the “Great Satan,” embodying the twin evils of capitalist oppression and Western domination. The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacks on the twin symbols of American wealth and power, as defined both by the Islamists and the left.

An al-Qaeda Manifesto published six months after 9/11 makes the agendas of the Islamic radicals abundantly clear. A statement called, “Why We Fight America,” issued by al-Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith recently appeared on an al-Qaeda website hosted by the Center for Islamic Research and Studies.

The statement asks why the world is surprised by what happened on 9/11—pretty much the same question that radicals Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Barbara Kingsolver, Arundhati Roy and sundry professors at anti-American rallies on college campuses across the nation asked within weeks of the horrific attack. And the answer is pretty much the same as well:

What happened to America [on 9/11] is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy, and suppression against the nations and the peoples, and imposes a single method, thought, and way of life, as if the people of the entire world are clerks in its government offices and employed by its commercial companies and institutions.

Anyone who was surprised by 9/11, the al-Qaeda statement continues, does not understand the root causes of the attack and in particular “the effects of oppression and tyranny on [the victims’] emotions and feelings.” Instead, such people must think, “that oppression begets surrender, that repression begets silence, that tyranny leaves only humiliation.”

In fact, according to al-Qaeda, humiliation, deprivation and oppression inspire rage against the oppressor. And this righteous indignation – indistinguishable from that of the radical left — is what al-Qaeda’s anti-American war is about. Unlike the Western left, however, al-Qaeda does not wage its war in the name of an international proletariat or the “dispossessed,” and its goal is not some kind of secular socialist utopia. Al-Qaeda’s war is about the future world reign of Islam. The al-Qaeda Manifesto asks how can a Muslim accept humiliation and inferiority, “when he knows that his nation was created to stand at the center of leadership, at the center of hegemony and rule, at the center of ability and sacrifice?… When he knows that the [divine] rule is that the entire earth must be subject to the religion of Allah—not to the East, not to the West—to no ideology and to no path except the path of Allah?…”

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