Fighting It– Learning from What They Say and Do

Excerpts from President Bush’s speech today were reported in the NY Post by Ian Bishop as follows: (I have a feeling the reporting may be a bit different in LA Times, NY Times, etc., but have not yet reviewed those online). President Bush extensively quoted the Islamo-fascists to make his points about their stated goals.  One important point worth empahasizing is, “…they’re not madmen. They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil but not insane,” Bush said.  This is hugely important to understand–it’s the ideology that drives Islamo-fascism, not an illness and not grievances.

excerpts:…President Bush used Osama bin Laden’s own hate-filled rhetoric yesterday to bolster American resolve in the global war on terrorism and make the case for finishing the mission in Iraq.”Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?” Bush told the Military Officers Association meeting in Washington. “We’re taking the words of the enemy seriously. We’re on the offensive, and we will not rest, we will not retreat and we will not withdraw from the fight until this threat to civilization has been removed.” Bush also said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a tyrant who gives money and weapons to Hezbollah and allows “them to attack Israel and America by proxy. “

Bush vowed “America will not bow down to tyrants” and added that the United States and its allies “will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.”

To remind Americans of the stakes in the global fight on terrorism on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Bush quoted extensively from letters, Web site statements, audio recordings and videotapes from bin Laden and other terrorists.

The president recounted bin Laden’s declaration that the Sept. 11 attacks were “an unparalleled and magnificent feat of valor” and the terror kingpin’s insistence that “death is better than living on this earth with the unbelievers.”

“This is the great ideological struggle of the 21st century – and it is the calling of our generation,” Bush said.

And he cited a “grisly al Qaeda manual” uncovered during a house raid by British cops in 2000 which included a chapter called “Guidelines for Beating and Killing Hostages.”

“The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men without conscience, but they’re not madmen. They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil but not insane,” Bush said.

Bush used bin Laden’s words to support his case. He cited a 2004 bin Laden audio message declaring “the most important and serious issue today for the world is this Third World War” raging in Iraq.

“If we retreat from Iraq, if we don’t uphold our duty to support those who are desirous to live in liberty, 50 years from now history will look back on our time with unforgiving clarity, and demand to know why we did not act,” the president said.

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