It's NOT The War on Terror, Stupid!
On the 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the powers-that-be continue to refer to "The War on Terror," as if we are fighting terror. "War on Terror" gets more than 85,000,000 Google results.
At the risk of being politically incorrect, the correct label should be "War on Islamic Fascism." However, this only shows up on Google 1,760,000 times which is only 2% of the "War On Terror" label. As usually, political correctness wins out, even when it is wrong.
In the past fourteen years, ALL of the terrorist attacks on America have been perpetrated by Islamic Fascists. (scroll to the bottom of this post for a definition of Islamic Fascism). We don't have militant Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, or even atheists attacking the United States.
Twenty-five of the twenty-eight terrorists on the FBI Most Wanted List have Arabic names. When Christians leave a church, Jews leave a synagogue, Buddhists or Hindus leave a temple, you don't see them rioting and killing people. However, it is a common occurrence for Muslims to riot and kill after leaving a mosque service after being incited by a Muslim preacher. It happens with disturbing regularity.
To be clear, the overwhelming majority of Muslims do not ascribe to the radical views of Islamic Fascists so thoroughly demonstrated by ISIS, but they are allowed to preach their terror inciting views nonetheless.
In our modern PC world, in its quest for equality and diversity, all cultures are recognized as having equal value. This is not true and thank goodness the PC virus did not exist when America fought WWII. When Germany and Japan were defeated the fascist Nazis and fascist Japanese imperialists were rooted out. Germany and Japan are now much better for this. However, in Iraq and Afghanistan, no action was taken to combat the roots of Islamic Fascism. No wonder there is little hope for improvement in these countries without America's presence.
The Associated Press, which is the source for much of our news, perpetrates the whitewashing with stylebook rules (also here) that keep reporters from identifying Islamists as terrorists.
To look at Hollywood, the movie industry has studiously avoided making Muslims the bad guys. For example, when Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fears was made into a movie they changed the terrorists from Muslims to Europeans. Most movies that tackle the subject of America's fight against terrorists show America in a bad light. (For a screenplay showing what would happen if Hollywood was attached by terrorists, see here.)
In World War II, Franklin Roosevelt announced that it would be a war that would end with the Unconditional Surrender of our enemies. There was no talk of "degrading" the enemy. The war ended in less than four years after this statement. Now Germany and Japan have turned from suppressed fascist states to thriving democracies. Here we are 14 years after 9/11 and although we have been able to eliminate some of the terrorist leadership, the root source of animosity to America remains.
Where do you think Germany and Japan would be today if the philosophies of Nazism and Japanese imperialism were not eliminated? During the cold war, America had a Voice of America radio show that broadcast news and American values to countries under communist suppression. Why have we not done the same during this war?
________________"The most obvious points of comparison would be these: Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind. ("Death to the intellect! Long live death!" as Gen. Francisco Franco's sidekick Gonzalo Queipo de Llano so pithily phrased it.) Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined "humiliations" and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia (interestingly, also, with its milder cousin, anti-Freemason paranoia). Both are inclined to leader worship and to the exclusive stress on the power of one great book. Both have a strong commitment to sexual repression—especially to the repression of any sexual "deviance"—and to its counterparts the subordination of the female and contempt for the feminine. Both despise art and literature as symptoms of degeneracy and decadence; both burn books and destroy museums and treasures." Christopher Hitchens, Defending Islamofascism: It's a valid term. Here's why, Slate, 2007-10-22