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Wednesday, May 24, 2017


On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who served their country militarily and who have passed on to their final reward.

The war on terror ushered in a new era. A new generation of veterans made the ultimate sacrifice. This is a war like no other in modern times. Islamic fanatics from many countries wish to harm the West generally, and the United States in particular.

The war against Islamic terror has an historical context. History shows a long Western defense against forces of Islamic domination. The argument is not with the Islamic faith, but rather with extremists and the not-so-extreme who would force Islam on others.

Why would these Islamic ideologues wish to harm us? The answer lies in their attitude toward the Islamic rendering of history and Mohamed’s commands in the Koran. The contemporary Islamic spin on history, right or wrong, is most noticeable in the indoctrination of Islamic youth within the madras or Islamic schools.

The hatred for the West, deduced by Islamic radicals, is rooted in the perceived humiliation of Islam by the West. A tenant of the Islamic faith is that the entire world must submit to Islam. Time and again the West has rebuffed such attempts including over 500 incursions by Islam to conquer Europe with the sword. Islam is a militant religion after all. The religion, the law and the politics of Islam are one. They are inseparable.

In 630 Mohammed founded Islam. Conversion of peoples ranging from India and Central Asia through the Middle East and across North Africa into Southern Europe occurred in a mere 100 years by the power of the sword.

In 732 the conversion of Europe to Islam was stopped dead in its tracks at Pointier, France, 180 miles south of Paris. The Saracen general Abd-ar-Raham attacking from Spain led an army of Arab and Berber Cavalry across the Pyrenees into France. They were met by the French heavy Infantry who defeated the invaders. Had the situation been reversed, Oxford University in England might be teaching the Koran today.

For the next 950 years Islam focused on preventing the re-conquest of Muslim lands by Christians while they anticipated the rise of a great leader, a caliph. That caliph would complete the effort to conquer the world and establish a caliphate for the glory of Islam.

Instead, the Islamic world continued to shrink. The defeat of Ottoman Turkish naval forces by Spain, Italy and the Papal states in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 freed the Mediterranean region from Muslim dominance. In 1683 a final attempted incursion into Europe by the Ottoman Turks was defeated at the gates of Vienna.

What followed was a slow and painful decline of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Western colonialism.

The defeat of some colonial powers following WW I proved to Islam that the West was not invincible. Then, the years following WW II saw the collapse of colonial powers and the breakup of former colonies into individual states.

In 1948 Israel, essentially a Western state planted in the middle of the Islamic world, was yet another setback for Islam.

Following the 9/11 attack on the US by Islamic radicals, the US chose to confront the Islamic terrorists on their own soil. The principle defense of American citizens from Islamic terrorists has been the use of the American military.

In Iraq and Afghanistan the US military has driven wedges between Islamic radicals and the rest of the Islamic world by helping create quasi-representative governments relatively free of totalitarianism. The premise, right or wrong, is that countries where the majority of the population exercises self-determination are more stable and less of a threat than is a unified block of totalitarian states.

On Memorial Day 2017 America’s fallen sons and daughters from all branches of the military including Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves join their fallen comrades from other conflicts in deserving a heartfelt commemoration from the rest of us. Special honor is due those who have fallen in the fight to defend America from Islamic terrorists.


Dennis M. Patrick can be contacted at P. O. Box 337, Stanley, ND 58784 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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