Are we in fact facing a serious threat from Islamacists? Your answer to that question will probably determine a great deal about your response to news articles and existing or proposed diplomatic, military and legal actions here and abroad.As WOC reader and commenter Daniel Markum notes, in reference to Victor Davis Hanson's belief that we face a concerted attempt to destabilize the West,
there is a difference between speculating (however astutely or not) about some possible future end state and actually living in it.True enough, and worth keeping in mind. On the other hand, it's of no real use to ignore evidence when it arises. One piece of evidence is the mostly-ignored latest audio tape by al Qaeda just after our recent elections, which Walid Phares explains as seeking to create in the US an American Madrid, i.e. to divide us and influence our electoral process for their own ends.
In Washington, both the administration and the new congressional leaders failed to seriously respond to the al Qaeda message. Grave mistake; for ignoring the speech would help convincing the jihadists that America is divided and crumbling and would embolden them to strike further, not only in Iraq but also inside the United States. The silent treatment works in favor of the Salafi combatants: It only leads them to believe that they are right and that their strategy is working;
Indeed. So it does and so it has.