The text below is taken from the AFA Action Alert web site. Read the blurb, watch the video and make your own decision.
For Veteran’s Day: A vet who understands the enemy we face
President Obama this week once again called Islam “a great religion” which has been “distorted” by a small number of “extremists” to justify committing acts of violence against the West.
But the Qur’an (or Koran) itself, the holy book of Islam, contains over 100 verses calling for violence against Christians and Jews. To give just one example, Sura 9:5 says, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.”
During a panel discussion sponsored by the Hudson Institute last January, retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, who did combat duty in Iraq, responded to a Marine who asked the question, how do you answer people who say that terrorists are following a “warped” version of Islam?
The panel consisted of a number of former military personnel, who fumbled around trying to answer the question. Col. West finally stepped forward answered the question directly and truthfully. Listen to the words of a former military man who understands the nature of the enemy we face:
Notice again Col. West’s straightforward assessment: “This is not a perversion. They are doing exactly what this book (i.e., the Qur’an) says.”
Col. West, by the way, was elected last week to Congress, to represent Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He will be the first African-American Republican congressman to represent Florida since 1870.
If you would like to add your signature to our “thank you” letter to Col. West for speaking frankly about the nature of the enemy we face, you can do so here. Don’t forget to give a special “thank you” on this Veteran’s Day to every member of the military you encounter.
If you’d like to see the full, unedited video of the exchange, which includes the Marine’s question and shows the discomfort felt by every other member of this panel in responding to the question, click here.
Col. West makes some poignant comments… comments that could be difficult to refute by the Muslim community. After all, history is what it is, no matter how those in power try to skew it for their own aims. Though history is typically (re)written by the victors, there is almost always a smattering of truth to it.
Now, I am not anti-Islam, nor do I bear a grudge against peaceful followers of the Muslim faith. What I ask of them is simple: Stand up as a collective group, representing the vast majority of your faith, and denounce jihad in any manner. Make it clear to the non-Muslim world that you do not subscribe to jihad. Then, make your actions speak louder than your words by living up to the statement. Turn in suspected jihadists to the authorities before they have a chance to wreak their havoc.
Remember, jihadists don’t discriminate: They tend to kill more Muslims than infidels, and don’t really care. Many Muslims died in 9/11, too.
As I’ve said all along, it’s all about power, not theology.
Of course, this is just one man’s view. Your thoughts may differ, and I would love to see them here.]]>