Terror Is Only a Symptom of a Greater Threat to Western Civilization

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, and President Donald Trump correctly proclaims, “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.” But what does keeping Americans safe — at least safer than Brits, who have now endured three major Islamist terror attacks since March — actually entail?

Much of U.S. policy continues to be based on the antiseptic George W. Bush-era terminology of the “war on terror.” The sterile notation of “extremists” is still being used in order to misleadingly create a classification that is “ethnically inoffensive.” We’ve become adept at bombing the bad guys in foreign lands. But brilliant tactics and unparalleled technological advantage cannot be confused with comprehensive strategy. Until we develop a comprehensive strategy, we will never kill enough enemies in order to remain ahead of the terror curve.

“Extremism” has not been the catalyst propelling nearly 31,000 events of violent terror that have occurred since 9/11. It has been Islamic extremism. More precisely, it has been the political movement generally referred to as “political Islam.” Terror has been misdiagnosed as the disease. Terror, in fact, is only the symptom. Terror is a single tactic within an entire operational manual that, during political Islam’s 1,400-year history, Islamists have utilized in order to accomplish their political objectives.

Behind every act of terror is a racist and supremacist ideology that accords death or second-class citizenship to non-Islamists — including the majority of Muslims. All terrorists, without exception, feed from this toxic ideological trough. In order to stop terror and to “make America safe again,” as Trump has vowed to do, access to the trough — wherever it is found — must be curtailed. It must be recognized that numerous conduits, protective of political Islam’s anti-pluralist agenda, have become insidiously burrowed within many of our cultural, political, and economic institutions.

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