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Written by: Diana West
Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:52 AM 

The media prate on about "change" vs. "experience," and we are all diverted by the play of personality and the sweep of celebrity on the presidential hustings.  Which isn't to say that selecting the next President of the United States isn't important. It is hugely important.

But the most significant issue is utterly ignored by candidates and voters alike.

That issue is the fact that we live in an era which, barring reversal, will probably be remembered as the era of  the Islamization of the Western world.

This process is well underway, and worse, is going forward not just unimpeded, but almost completely   misunderstood.  Worst of all, it is being helped forward  by  those whom we implicitly  trust to defend us.

I have been sparingly posting recent news reports from the Washington Times' Bill Gertz concerning the sacking of Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon's sole Islamic law expert charged with educating our military leaders about jihad doctrine and sharia (Islamic law). The fact is, Coughlin was too politically incorrect for the Pentagon leadership: that is, he presented the facts about jihad doctrine and its animating role in the tactics and strategy of the umma (Islamic community) in this period of expansionst Islam.  In so doing,  he underscored an unprecedented lack of professionalism in our armed services that has allowed  military planners to draw not on Islamic doctrinal fact and  precedent, but on multiculti policy delusions in formulating military strategy in the planning and execution of  the so-called War on Terror.

I hope to discover more about the internal machinations that led to his dismissal; so far, according to Gertz, we know that Stephen Coughlin had run afoul of the agenda of Hesham Islam, a key advisor to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who clearly sanctions multiculti policy delusions over rational assessments of the threat posed by expansionist Islam.

Today, in the Sunday Telegraph, a Pakistani-born bishop of the Church of England, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, offers further confirmation of the progressing Islamization of Europe with a  column discussing Muslim-only districts that exist throughout Great Britain--so-called no-go zones, where non-Muslims may expect to be harassed and/or attacked for "trespassing." We in the United States  tend to regard this reverse colonization of Europe from a metpahoric and literal distance, cordoned off by ocean and, more important, smaller Islamic demographics.

But there is no security against creeping sharia in such distance--not when we so willingly, so pliantly, so cravely, abide by No-Go Zones of the Mind.

Does the doctrine of Islamic jihad, which for centuries has animated aggression against the non-Islamic world--including the United States of America from its early nationhood (see this important backgrounder by Andrew Bostom)--pose a threat to Western-style liberty?Horrrors! We don't go there. In fact, that's No-Go Zone of the Mind  #1. It's also the one Stephen Coughlin was fired by the Pentagon for daring to cross into and take back.

Does the spread of sharia through both Islamic terrorism and Islamic immigration threaten Western-style liberty? That's No-Go Zone #2. And there are many more. 

Taking back such mental no-go zones is crucial to any reversal of the spread of Islamic law in the West. In other words, taking back such mental no-go zones is crucial to our liberty.





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