What have we learned from the attack on the natural gas complex in Algeria by "Islamist" militants?
First off, we should learn what an "Islamist" is. An "Islamist" is a Muslim who truly believes what the Koran and Mohammad said and it is his duty to follow those teachings.
The message is simple: It is the duty of every Muslim to spread Islam over the entire world and to convert, subjugate or kill every non-Muslim until Islam rules supreme everywhere.
All means that advance Islam are acceptable, including murder, rape and pillage, as was true for Mohammad and those Islamic leaders who immediately followed his example and is true for the wise men of Islam today.
The New York Times report of the Algerian attack had this illuminating paragraph:
One Algerian who managed to escape told France 24 television late Friday night that the kidnappers said, "We've come in the name of Islam, to teach the Americans what Islam is." The haggard-looking man, interviewed at the airport in Algiers, said the kidnappers then immediately executed five hostages.
President Obama has tried to hide this reality by, for example, ordering all government agencies never to refer to "Islam" and "terrorism" in the same sentence. An Army major killing dozens at Ft. Hood in Texas while shouting "Alahu Akbar" was said to be just an incident of "workplace violence," not Islamic terrorism.
There is a major shift in understanding that must occur: We in the U.S. and the rest of the non-Muslim world are not engaged in a "war on terror" or even a "war on Islam." Islam is at war with us. It has been so for 1400 years and that war presently is expanding as oil money funds the true teachings of Islam and the means to prosecute the war. Islam means war.
Islam is being spread by violence in Africa and other parts of the world. In Africa, Islam is pushing southward from lands on the southern rim of the Mediterranean that have been Muslin since the early Islamic invasions of the 600s and 700s. Mali is in the news today as Algerian, Libyan, Tunisian and Egyptian Islamists seek to take over new territory for Islam.
The same has been happening in Nigeria for many years, as Muslims in the north kill and torture Christians and burn their churches, forcing them to flee to the Christian south.
In Sudan, Muslims in the north have fought for decades to conquer the oil-rich south populated by Christians and followers of traditional native religions, killing an estimated 2 million. Even though South Sudan won its independence, the attacks from Islamists in Sudan continue.
Inside a Muslim country such as Egypt, the ascendance into government of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamist to the core, has meant more harassment of the Coptic Christian minority, ranging from killing and kidnapping to destruction of churches and persecution of various kinds. Coptics, who were in Egypt before the Muslims, are fleeing by the tens of thousands.
Christians have been fleeing from Iraq since Saddam Hussein was deposed and only a handful remain.
Persecution of Christians and other non-Muslims in Pakistan is widespread (as is persecution of those Muslims who do not subscribe to the Wahhabi strain of "true" Islam promulgated by the Saudis, who have run madrassas in Pakistan for decades).
In all Muslim majority countries, non-Muslims are persecuted or in danger of persecution up to and including murder. Even a non-Arab Muslim country such as Indonesia, known for its moderation, has sporadic outbreaks of attacks on Christians and one province of the country (Aceh) where Saudi Islamic rules are enforced. Tourist areas bring in money so they are heavily guarded, but deadly attacks nonetheless can and do take place, Bali being a prime example.
The basic problem is that at its core Islam is at war with everyone and everything non-Islamic. The great majority of Muslims may not be engaged in that war, in large part because they have not been as yet fully educated as to what Islam requires of them. The Saudis are as active today in educating Muslims around the world in what true Islam is as they have ever been and more true believers are created every day -- including in every country of Europe, Australia and the United States.
Obama endangers all Americans by misrepresenting this reality.