When Our Cause it Is Just

It is a fact that The United States of America has been a greater force for good, on the whole, than any sovereign nation-state since the foundation of the Westphalian international system in the 1500s. And it is probably true that as a nation she has done more to advance the cause of humanity than any country in human history. As President Woodrow Wilson once quipped, “America is the only nation of idealists in the world.” The list of nations that are concerned with the welfare of Afghani villagers is short, and the list of countries that have the capacity for actually improving their general welfare is considerably shorter. Our military is the best trained and the most compassionate in the world. It takes a lot to get us angry. Even in total victory we help rebuild nations.

Many historians understand that the incredible advancements of the last 60 years were founded on the unquestionable superiority of American arms. This era, the Pax Americana, was blessed with that rarest of military and historic phenomenons: a benevolent superpower. So whereas every empire over the centuries has confiscated taxes from those foreign nations over whom they rule, the United States donates hundreds of billions of dollars in economic, medical, and military aid.

Though precedence lies with Washington's "disinterested warnings" against "the insidious wiles of foreign influence," as a nation of immigrants Americans have naturally been attached to the birthplaces of their ancestors. History will show that The United States of America was a country first settled by religious refugees fleeing the theocratic fury of Europe, and whose Founding Fathers were deeply religious men who borrowed from the virtuous lessons of the Old and New Testaments as they compiled the greatest document of freedom ever written in that fateful year of 1776. America may be an ocean away, but by its composition and its founding principles it is naturally bound up with the ideas and peoples of the wider world. It does, after all, read in Francis Scott Keys' Star Spangled Banner, that:
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
The first foreign enemy of the newly birthed United States of America were Muslim North African pirates. From these early Barbary raiders to the more sophisticated holy warriors of the 9/11 era of terror, certain segments of Islamic society have long ago declared themselves the enemies of the United States, whether or not the American government is too stupid or too cowardly to recognize it. The decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq may appear foolhardy in hindsight, until one comes to the sobering conclusion that the essence of failure in the Muslim world is due to the "closing of the Muslim mind" a millennium-long retardation of civilizational progress and scientific inquiry. The "The Legacy of Jihad" is one of slavery, misogyny, and brainwashing. Never has our cause been more just than this present battle of arms, and in this grander war of ideas between Islamic orthodoxy and American modernity.

No less a man than President John Quincy Adams once summated that “the precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny that Mahomet is the prophet of God.” Smarter men than myself have come to the same conclusion. In Samuel Huntington's famous essay, the "Clash of Civilizations" he admits soberly that:
"In Eurasia the great historic fault lines between civilizations are once more aflame. This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations, from the bulge of Africa to central Asia. Violence also occurs between Muslims, on the one hand, and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Burma and Catholics in the Philippines... Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civiliZation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power...
The stagnant uniformity of the Arab/Muslim lands, has been documented in the immensely important and influential Arab Human Development Reports of the last decade.

An old stereotype holds that where the Arab goes, the desert is sure to follow. We see now in Europe the climate becoming ever more arid, with Jews already being driven out of France and their old English bastions. Has history not taught that the suffocation of the canary in a coal mine is merely a portent of things to come for the miners themselves? The growth of Islamic power in Europe should serve as a warning to Americans that the foundation of any nation is demography. A nation is but a combination of citizens, and it is upon the individual quality of the citizen that the fates of countries are written. Indeed, citizenship in a national brotherhood is the highest ideal to which our great ancestors, the Ancient Greeks, Republican Romans, and Founding American Fathers pledged their Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor. Mass illegal immigration devalues this sacred citizenship. It is possible to support Mexican-American citizens and be in favor of securing our nation's borders at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive.

In Texas, land of the Alamo, it is only a matter of time before caucasians will be in the minority. Generally, and thankfully, Mexicans, Guatemalans, and El Salvadorians make quite thrifty, hard-working, citizens. For as we see in Europe, we could be dealing with a much more dangerous beast.

Islamic dawah is the Muslim commandment to spread the faith. It is up there with jihad as one of the central tenets of the Muhammadan creed. Now, more than ever, that message is reaching evermore people thanks to Western innovations in mass communication. The vast majority of Muslims cannot even read the Koran, much less understand it. And yet with the advent of modern technology, Islamic leaders have seized on the power to spread endless propaganda in newspapers, radio broadcasts, TV, cinema, organizations, and on the Internet at all times of the day and in all towns and cities of the earth. Kill the Jews. Down with the Great Satan. Convert the infidels. Western technology is thus being turned against us to indoctrinate ever-increasing numbers of young men in an intolerant and violent ideology. For the consequences of such indoctrination, see the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan and Iraq, Northern Nigeria and the Sudan, Iran and in the nominally Russian-ruled Caucus region.

One of Churchill's greatest maxims was his assessment of the brutal facts as they were, no matter how dire, no matter how daunting. Americans and freedom loving peoples everywhere recognize that there has for over a century been a radical, almost Calvinistic Reawakening taking place across the Islamic world. And while perhaps in the long run this Reawakening may yet become less harsh and more loving, at this point the Islamists are the standard of power to which the liberals have no choice but to yield. We bide our time at our own peril, as never before has a truly reform-minded liberal movement attained political power in the Muslim Middle East. Islam has retained the trappings of modern material culture, without the corresponding development of modern ideals of citizenship and the principles of Tikkun Olam.

In this battle of ideas, this war for hearts and minds, let us stand up proudly for Western culture, for the development by our forefathers of revolutionary ideas and methods of science. Sadly, our leadership does not convey this message to the world. Instead we are going in the opposite direction America need not be the policeman of the world, but our leader can at least amplify that uniquely American power as leader of the free world, so that Iranian reformers, Pakistani Catholics, Egyptian Copts, the Christians of Northern Nigeria, and the Sikhs of Pakistan and all the other countless souls oppressed by Islamics radicalism may know they have a powerful friend in the world. And though we may not be able to help all the downtrodden, all of the time, we may at the very least give them the comfort that we Americans stand for freedom everywhere, and that the enemies of freedom are the enemies of America. "Then conquer we must, when our cause it it is just." .