It’s now 18 years after 9-11.
Every anniversary of 9-11 is a chance to check in with where we are after the most brutal attack on U.S. soil at the hands of a foreign enemy.
Islamists Are Winning
- More than the threat of sharia is the the threat posed by Islamists who have attached themselves to mainstream Leftist identity movements that fawn over victimization narratives.
- The average American politician and political influencer doesn’t know what an Islamist is.
- Two Islamists were elected to office: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
- Islamists in office (and their allies) are comfortable and brazenly open about declaring their anti-American and anti-Semitic views. Wide applause is given to them from Leftist media (Congresswoman Ilhan Omar went so far as to compare the American military to terror organizations).
- 18 years after 9-11, the West is seeing an increased tolerance toward radicalization, with elected officials bundling terror groups with the “resistance movement.”
- We lost the War on Terror when we agreed to include the Taliban in negotiations in Afghanistan.
In recent days, however, perhaps nothing was as much of a telltale sign of our times than a comment made by Young Turks commentator Hasan Piker. Speaking about an interview of Congressman Dan Crenshaw — a former United States Navy SEAL officer who lost an eye to an IED in Afghanistan — Piker joked about the congressman’s military service. Piker also declared that “America deserved 9/11.”
The American constitution protects Piker’s freedom of speech — freedoms that were protected and sacrificed for by veterans such as Congressman Crenshaw. Nonetheless, Piker’s comments is a wake up call for us: More needs to be done to clearly delineate our values as Americans and to protect ourselves against self-sabotaging rhetoric that undermines who we are and what we stand for.
5 Things We Need to Do
The presence of two Islamists in Congress have galvanized collaborations among anti-Islamists. There is more cross-organization collaboration among the different groups than there has been in the last 18 years after 9-11. Still, we need to:
- Work with ant-Islamist Muslim allies to institute broader counter-radicalization efforts.
- Institute a commission on radical Islam to identify and isolate Islamist extremist elements.
- Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
- Amplify the voices of anti-Islamist Muslims, especially those interested in running for local or federal office.
- Support local anti-Islamist Muslim communities in self-empowerment and positive messaging initiatives rooted in shared values.