9/11: Seventeen years have passed, and no end is in sight

It is seventeen years after 9/11, and stating the motivating ideology of the people who took down the Twin Towers and attacked the Pentagon is taboo. The establishment media coverage glossed over it. Delving in it beyond the idea that the hijackers had hijacked their own religion as well as four airplanes will get you charges of “racism,” “bigotry,” and “Islamophobia.”

Meanwhile, the West has been inundated with people who hold to the same ideology as that of the hijackers. And no end is in sight, as the social media giants are moving quickly now to stifle all dissent and allow only one point of view to be heard: that which claims that Islam is a religion of peace and that mass Muslim migration into the West will have only a benign effect.

These are among the reasons why I wrote my book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS: to try to alert at least some people, before it is too late, about this centuries-old and implacable threat of jihad, and to demonstrate that many of our public policies regarding it are wrongheaded and foolish to the point of being suicidal.

Whether or not the book is read and heeded by those who can make a difference, it is certain that the denial, willful ignorance, and demonization of truth tellers in the West is leading to the ruin of free societies, and that ruin is coming faster than most people realize. British police are already directing their efforts to silencing and prosecuting online “hate speech” that often consists of nothing more than stating the jihad threat accurately. What will they be doing in five years? Ten?

The U.S. is not as far along that road as Britain is, but it is traveling the same road. If we don’t get off it, the same fate awaits us. And the jihad will advance apace. Could they see the world today, the 9/11 hijackers and Osama bin Laden couldn’t be more pleased.

It isn’t too late to turn things around. But it’s getting there. We must demand of our elected officials and candidates that they stand for the freedom of speech, and for a realistic approach to the jihad threat. If they don’t, it doesn’t matter where they stand on other issues. The great game of trying to create societies that protect human freedom and human dignity will be essentially over. At least for now.

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