Perspective

Answering Islam

Americans find it difficult to understand the Islamic threat.  It is not just that they have made the mistake of listening to presidential speeches on the “religion of peace” or dulled their wits reading the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  The fault does not lie exclusively or even primarily with American schools, private as well as public, that strive so earnestly to keep American ignorance untouched by historical knowledge, sound logic, and even basic English grammar.  Even if the media and the schools were not faithfully disinforming the people, the fact would remain that nothing in our history inclines us to understand so alien a threat.

According to President Obama, “Islam has always been part of America . . . American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.”  This is a preposterous lie, though a President who knows so little of our history can be pardoned for telling it.  Indeed, he probably believes it.

In fact, the opposite is true.  Our nation first made the acquaintance of Muslims when our pacific President Jefferson had to deal with the brutal though incompetent Barbary pirates who infested the coast of Tunisia and Libya.  Like most Americans of my age, I did not meet an American-born Muslim until I was in my 60’s, and, though it were to save my life, I cannot think...

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