Posted by: infideltaskforce | December 27, 2015

Political correctness may kill us — literally

ISIS fighter

lorne gunter

By , Postmedia Network

 
In the war on terrorism, we in the West may be our own worst enemies.

The political correctness of many of our leaders and opinion-makers could bury us.

Al-Qaida, ISIS, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and many other terror organizations want the death of as many of us as possible or our forcible conversion to their particularly brutal strain of Islam.

They dream of a worldwide caliphate in which all free people are subjugated to a Salafist dictatorship under sharia law.

But ISIS and the others are only a threat to the West so long as we permit them to exist.

The armies of the West could fairly easily destroy ISIS and drive it out of Syria and Iraq.

The military mission, at least, would be relatively easy

The problem is finding the institutional will to confront ISIS on the ground, not simply from the air.

Politically and diplomatically, expelling ISIS is more difficult.

It will be hard to convince western voters to send infantry and tanks into the Middle East – again.

Diplomatically, the Russians and current Syrian government have very different agendas from the Turks, whose interests are diametrically opposed to the Kurds (who are the West’s more reliable allies), who have different goals from Sunni Iraqis, who are rivals of the Shiite Iraqis.

And then there’s the Iranians.

And the Israelis.

Still, all of these obstacles are easier to overcome than PC. Political correctness is no match for radical Islam.

Take a look at two glaring examples from earlier this month.

Following the terror murders of 14 in San Bernardino, Calif, a whistleblower came forward to say that politically correct forces within the Obama administration had shut down a surveillance project that might have prevented the attack.

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security analyst Philip Haney was in charge of a program that was tasked with monitoring global networks of extremists who were suspected of infiltrating Muslim communities in the U.S. and radicalizing American Muslims.

One of the networks he and his analysts were watching was based in Riverside, Calif., a community next to San Bernardino.

It was operating out of the very mosque that killer Syed Farook attended.

But because Haney’s project monitored mostly Islamic radicals, it was deemed a form of racial profiling.

So, according to Haney, politically correct bureaucrats from the U.S. State department and the Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties shut it down, reassigned his staff and expunged the records of its 67 ongoing investigations.

There is no way to stop every terror attack and no way of knowing for sure whether Haney’s group could have prevented San Bernardino by identifying Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in advance.

But so long as those in charge are more concerned about offending Muslims than they are about defending against terrorism, Western nations will be more vulnerable than they should be.

In Canada two weeks ago, at just about the same time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was beamingly greeting the first planeload of Syrian refugees to Canada, customs officials in Toronto were giving the third degree to American author, Robert Spencer.

Robert Spencer  Spencer, who operates a website called jihadwatch.org., is a harsh critic of radical Islam.

He has written 14 books on terrorism and radicalization, including two New York Times bestsellers.

But when he tried to come to Canada for a speaking engagement organized by the Jewish Defence League, Spencer was grilled for three hours at Pearson International airport and his luggage searched for hate literature.

Noted author held up for his views while refugees (whose views we don’t know) are welcomed like heroes.

That’s PC trumping Western democratic values for sure.

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