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They Asked for the Truth
By Michael Rand
(IsraelForum.com) -- Preface: Before discussing the lessons that Europe should learn from the Madrid massacre, it is important to start off by conveying our sincere sympathy for the Spanish victims of Islamic terrorism. Unlike other European nations, Spain in particular, has been at the forefront of the fight for the freedom of millions of Iraqis, and for a world that would be free of the type of evil Jihadism, like that which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Spaniards.
We note that the Israeli Parliament has observed a moment of silence in solidarity with the Spanish victims of this abominable Muslim terrorist massacre. "I hope that nobody fools himself into thinking that it could happen only in Spain. They said that about New York and Israel,â€ said Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. â€œSlowly but surely, terrorism spreads from country to country like a cancer. The immediate conclusion is that we have to seriously join forces to fight terrorism and those who condone it."
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When Islamic terrorists massacred Israelis, Europe blamed it on the victims. When Islamic terrorists massacred Americans, Europe stood in solidarity for a brief moment, then they blamed it on the victims just the same. And when Islamic terrorism struck Madrid, many Europeans still blamed it on the victims, just as soon as they recovered from their shock. But then European security services scrambled to prepare for the next Islamic mega-terror attack, because the Europeans began to understand that their citizens are nothing but sitting ducks in the Islamist global war against Western society.
No amount of bribery, no amount of appeasement, and no amount of anti-Americanism will save Europe from its inevitable fate of becoming a bloody casualty of the Islamic Jihad. Unfortunately, the Europeans still fundamentally misunderstand both the scope of the problem, as well as the motivations of the murderous Jihadists.
The foot soldiers of militant Islam are much more numerous than most Europeans realize. Saudi-funded Islamic hate factories disguised as religious schools that they call â€œMadrasesâ€ churn out an endless supply of new terrorism recruits each day. These young Muslim fanatics couldnâ€™t care less about whether the Europeans support anti-Semitic resolutions at the UN, nor are they overly impressed with the appalling plethora of other Arab-appeasement policies the Europeans have adopted.
Bribery, Appeasement, and Surrender
For the graduates of the Islamic Madrases there is but one reality, which is that the Europeans are "Infidels" and "Crusaders" and therefore, natural enemies of fundamentalist Islam. Much to their detriment, most Europeans have not been, so far, capable of grasping the Islamistsâ€™ point of view.
Those few Europeans who have understood the true nature of the Islamist problem have been shunned and silenced for fear of stirring the pot. In fact, the Europeansâ€™ worst fear is being forced to actually confront Islamic terrorism, because that would make any European leader doing so unpopular among Arab and Leftist constituents. It would also require the Europeans to have a degree of integrity and courage, which so far have only been seen in America.
Many Europeans still appear to hold the hope that their national strategy of bribery, appeasement, and surrender will persuade the Islamists to keep the Jihad outside the old continentâ€™s borders. But the militant Muslim groups only take the Europeanâ€™s lack of moral clarity to be a sign of weakness.
Spain as Soft Target
Some might hypothesize that Spain was struck by the Islamists as punishment for Spanish support for the American war against global terrorism. While the American connection provides a convenient explanation designed to lull some Europeans into a false sense of security, in official European circles, the view was quite different.
Following the Madrid massacre, security was frantically beefed up throughout Europe, especially in public transportation facilities.
Even France, which is known for its official support for Islamic terrorism groups like Hizbullah, still went into a high security alert. The French secret service knows full well that Spain was chosen by the Islamists for a massive terrorism attack, because of the operational infrastructure afforded to the terrorists through the countryâ€™s extensive Muslim community. As such, Spain presented the Jihadists with a soft target.
And, many other European nations, like France for example, are vulnerable in exactly the same way that Spain is. With this realization, Europe will now be forced to enter into a new era of fear-filled existence. Despite statements to the contrary, Europeans know full well that they are painfully vulnerable to the inevitable Islamist mega-terrorist attacks that are, unfortunately, already in the works. The only question is whether Europe is ready yet to shift from a strategy of appeasement to one of confrontation, which is the only solution for the global pandemic of Islamic terrorism.
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What do you think?