Alexander's Column

A National Security Primer, Part 1

By Mark Alexander · Jan. 1, 2006

Understanding “Jihadistan” and Islamic terrorism

The first constitutional responsibility of any U.S. President is to our national security. In the event that our vital national interests are threatened, the President has the authority to commit armed forces to protect those interests.

On 11 September, 2001, after eight years of the Clinton administration’s national security malfeasance, and eight months of the newly installed Bush administration’s effort to reorder national priorities, most Americans were unaware that a deadly enemy had coalesced in our midst. But before noon on 9/11, it became clear that our vital national interests – both the security of our homeland and the stability of our energy providers abroad – were under assault. An enemy had declared war on the United States, and it was an enemy unlike any before.

Sheik Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, al-Qa'ida (translated as “The Base”), constitute an asymmetric enemy – part of an international and increasingly unified Islamic terrorist network supported, in part, by nation states like Iran and Syria, and previously by Afghanistan and Iraq.

Unlike symmetric threats emanating from clearly defined nation states such as Russia and China – those with unambiguous political, economic and geographical interests – an asymmetric enemy defies nation-state status, thus presenting new and daunting national-security challenges for the executive branch and U.S. military planners.

Perhaps the most difficult of these challenges is the task of keeping Americans focused on why this asymmetric threat must be engaged (short of periodic catastrophic wake-up calls). It is critical that Americans understand this formidable adversary, particularly since liberal Democrats and their Leftmedia outlets have politicized our efforts to both combat this enemy and support democratic reforms in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, out of deference to cultural sensitivity and diversity, the Bush administration has yet to clearly define or, dare we say, “profile” these Islamists. Consequently, The Patriot refers to this asymmetric enemy collectively as “Jihadistan.”

Jihadistan is a borderless nation of Islamic extremists that constitutes al-Qa'ida and other Muslim terrorist groups around the world.

A borderless nation, indeed. The “Islamic World” of the Q'uran recognizes no political borders. Though the “pre-Medina” suras of the Q'uran do not support acts of terrorism or mass murder, the “post-Mecca” suras of the Q'uran and the Hadith (Mohammed’s teachings) authorizes jihad, or “holy war,” against all “the enemies of God.” All orthodox Muslims are bound by the combined “pre-Medina” and “post-Mecca” Q'uran.

For the record, the body of these “enemies” or infidels, consists of all Muslim or non-Muslim heretics, those who refute any teachings of Mohammed.

Do you refute any teachings of Mohammed?

Jihadists, then, are characterized by the toxic Wahhabism of Osama bin Laden and his ilk – those who would enforce the Q'uran’s “holy war” against all “the enemies of God.” Islamism is a death-loving cult. In the words of Osama: “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”

Al-Qa'ida and other Islamist groups seeks to disable the U.S. by disrupting continuity of government and/or commerce, using any means at their disposal, and thus, undermining our political, military and cultural support for Liberty around the world. We experienced a sample of this disruption after the 9/11 attack. Osama’s plan, “American Hiroshima,” outlines an Islamist attack on the U.S. with multiple nukes – technology provided by Iran and fissile cores provided by Pakistan or Russian profiteers. But there are other catastrophic terrorist threats, most notably, “Bio-Bombers,” who can launch a pandemic in the U.S.

Ultimately, they seek to contain or kill those who do not subscribe to their Islamofascist ideology.

How many members of the Muslim faith subscribe to the notion that non-adherents are infidels? Perhaps fewer than five percent take such a hard line. But to put this in perspective, if just one percent of Muslims worldwide inhabit the brotherhood of Jihadistan, then there are 10 times more Jihadists than there are uniformed American combat personnel in our combined military service branches.

Jihadistan is thus a formidable, but not insuperable, enemy.

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