Four years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Japanese empire and its Nazi partner had been relegated to the dustbin of history, and America was rebuilding from the ravages of warfare. Eighteen years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States was in the middle of a long period of peace and prosperity, and was looking confidently into a future that promised to be even better. The contrast with [September 11, 2019], the eighteenth anniversary of the jihad bombings of New York and Washington, couldn’t be more stark.
The jihad threat can emanate from anywhere the Qur’an and Sunnah are preached and believed. But saying that in America eighteen years after 9/11 won’t result in any public consternation or calls for the monitoring of mosques; it will only get you defamed as a “racist” and an “Islamophobe,” to be dismissed and shunned by all decent people. Meanwhile, one imam in Georgia recently stated: “There has not been another 9/11-such attack in America because Islam is winning.”
Empty braggadocio? Maybe. But this imam was no outlier. In August at the notorious the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Fairfax County, Virginia, the imam Shaker Elsayed prayed that Allah would “grant victory to his servants, the mujahideen, wherever they are.” A few days later in Philadelphia, a convert to Islam named Maurice Hill shot and wounded six police officers in a shootout; according to the Clarion Project, he attended a “radical mosque,” the Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar, which “is known for preaching the Islamist ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia referred to as ‘Wahhabism.’”
The September 11 jihad attacks were a great victory for the forces of the global jihad, because since then the principal target of those attacks, the United States government, has been so concerned with not appearing to be “anti-Muslim” and not “going to war with Islam” that it quickly became, and remains, afraid to enunciate, much less to confront, the motivating ideology behind those attacks.
And so on this eighteenth anniversary of the murder of nearly three thousand Americans by the warriors of Allah, supporters of those warriors are all over this land, and many are in positions of power and influence. But no matter. The attention of the world has moved on. The jihad threat is a concern of the past, not of the present. All is well, and all will continue to be well, as long as we tackle global warming, the Russian threat to our elections, and the rise of white supremacism. Won’t it?