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In Defense Of – Me

Posted on March 21 2010 9:16 pm
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.
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For the second time in two weeks I find myself in the position of being the target of choice by an NRB blogger for things I wrote – and for some things I did not write.  The distinguished Elise Cooper has pointedly and heatedly responded to my observations of Frances Townsend’s comments about the War On Terror.  Fair enough. I shall take the issues one at a time:

“You pointed out that she did not use the verboten “I” word (by the way, neither did you.) Maybe she did not use the word, Islam, but did use the synonym, “Muslim.” I think everyone who read it knew that she was being forthright in HER OPINION.”

The word is Islam.  Ms. Townsend avoided using it.  It is not, however, synonymous with Muslim.  A Muslim is a believer in, practitioner and follower of Islam, as a Catholic is a believer, practitioner and follower of Christianity.  But I do understand your point.  Townsend used the term “Muslim” without any discussion of Islam.

“It seems to me that you make arguments that go over-board. Speaking of an “Orwellian response,” I hope I am wrongly reading between the lines; you are not advocating one of four actions?
a. Reverting back to the Wild West mentality that the only good Indian is a dead Indian by substituting the word Muslim for Indian.
b. Deporting all Muslims so that America becomes a Muslim free country.
c. Going back to the World War II policy of internment, this time doing it against Muslim Americans instead of Japanese Americans.
d. No longer being a country where freedom of religion and culture is cherished.”

I thought Ms. Townsend could have given us a much clearer picture of what she meant by the “uncomfortable direction” the evidence in Major Hasan’s case might lead us. To me that uncomfortable direction is an examination of Muslim doctrine that constitutes the basis for acts such as Hasan’s murder of thirteen Americans as he shouted, “Allahu Akbar”.  But Ms. Townsend did not take the opportunity to go there.  I’m sorry that you see my description of Townsend’s anti-political-correctness commentary as politically correct being “overboard”.

As to “a.”, “b.” and “c.” above, the answer is, No.  I didn’t write it. I didn’t infer it. You’ve misread the empty space between the lines and dropped in a rather low blow there.  As to “d.”, you’re assuming that Islam is only a religion, with a solely spiritual component.  Would that it were so.  It is far more than that. It is a complete political, legal and religious system of governance, all rolled into one package.  I am not okay with Sharia being incrementally imposed on this nation, as is going on in England right now.

“By the way if you read part one, Ms. Townsend pointedly states that
“I think they hate our Democratic society, the freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of religion” –something you seem to be forgetting.”

Actually I remember that very clearly.  My issue here is that Ms. Townsend left out the “why” of all this hatred against Western Institutions and freedoms, as did President Bush for eight years.  Consequently, nine years later we have an American public that is still terribly confused about what is going on with this War and what is driving the other side.  It is called Islamic doctrine.

“I think what we want to do is exactly what Ms. Townsend espouses: get more moderate Arabs to speak out in support of a Democratic society and against radical Islam.”

Fine.  I challenge any “moderate” Arab, wealthy or poor, to stand on a street corner in Mecca, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Egypt, or any Muslim state, start speaking aloud in favor of a democratic society and against any kind of Islam – and see what happens.

“Let’s hope that there are more public figures like Ms. Townsend that have the guts to encourage regimes like Saudi Arabia to become more moderate and, who knows, hopefully in my lifetime we can see an alliance with states like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and ISRAEL against the radicalized Islamic regimes. Instead of quick drawing your criticism of her applaud her for speaking out and then maybe more moderate Muslim Americans like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser will stand up and be counted.”

I watched Dr. Jasser’s video. It is very well-done and contains a great deal of truth. However, he, too, presents the argument that this third wave of violent jihad for world-wide Muslim supremacy, imposition of Sharia (with all its attendant horrors), and the suppression of women and non-Muslims is somehow a “radical” form of Islam.  It is not radical.  It is founded in the Koran, the Hadithe, in Sharia and in mainstream Muslim jurisprudence.  It is precisely what Muhammad instructed his followers to do. 

I will defer to Mr. Spencer for the expertise.  He wrote the books.  I’ve just read them.  Muslim doctrine is well-documented, which led to my greatest criticism of the Bush Administration – the failure to grasp what is real about mainstream Islam and thereby educate the American Public as to what we are up against.  I thought Ms. Townsend, for whatever her reasons, passed up a terrific opportunity to address some of that.  You, though, asked excellent questions.

With very best wishes,

John L. Work

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