Confronted with a repugnant reality, the most common human response is to simply construct one that is palatable. This willful self-delusion enables one to escape the consequences of truth and allows evasion of the duty to act, to resist some threat, or to behave in a way that will occasion personal injury or the ridicule of others.
People of integrity, those who are intellectually honest, are often hated because they deprive us of a comfortable fairy-tale and exhort us to action we are afraid of. The one telling us that we must accept truth and act in consequence is often more hated than the real enemy.
A perfect example of criminal contortion of truth is the speech given by John O. Brennan, President Obama’s Counter-Terrorism Adviser, to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking of the War on Terror, Brennan said:
“The President’s strategy is absolutely clear about the threat we face. Our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as Jihadists or Islamists, because Jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or ones community, and there is nothing holy, or legitimate, or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women, and children.”
“Indeed, characterizing our enemies this way would actually be counter-productive. It would play into the false perception that they are religious leaders defending a holy cause, when in fact, they are nothing more than murders. This is why Muslim leaders around the world have spoken out, forcefully and often at risk to their own lives. Describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie, propagated by al-Qaeda to justify Terrorism – that the United States is somehow at war against Islam. The reality is that we have never been and will never be at war with Islam.”
Aristotle claimed that the highest perfection of the human intellect comes from conformity to objective reality, this acts is the final end of the rational mind. The specter of a rational being willfully embracing such grotesque errors is startling, almost breathtaking. There is something Luciferian in Brennan’s enunciation of what is at variance with the clear, universal evidence of our senses and reason.
One almost hears echoes of the primal “non-Serviam” of the fallen angels, who preferred their own destruction to living as servants of truth they abhorred. Brennan’s renunciation of the reality of Radical Islam is all the more despicable because, to ease his own malaise, he doesn’t hesitate to imperil the millions of lives he is responsible to protect.
The consequence from which the Counter-Terror expert flees is not just the obligation to wage an all-out war for survival, a war that is so repugnant to those who believe that American imperialism is the source of the evil in the world and that we can bring peace by renouncing American Exceptionalism. The true motivation for Brennan’s lies is fear of the very question of religious and ideological relativism. Is there, or is there not objective moral or intellectual truth that man must adhere to?
A death sentence has been pronounced by religious leaders and adepts of Islam, against all people who inhabit the non-Sharia world. This “Fatwa” is being carried out against us in the name of a religion. All Brennan’s prevarications notwithstanding, the scriptures and the magisterial teachings of Islam do support the practices of misogynist, brutal, and expansionist Islam. It was in the name of “Allah all gracious and merciful” that the gentle Daniel Pearl’s head was sawed from his body. It was to the cry of “Allah Akbar” that the victims of Ft. Hood were shot at point-blank range and left to bleed to death.
For every champion of peaceful Islam to whisper a rejection of militant Jihad, a dozen thunder from the world-wide Saudi-paid pulpits, following prayers for purification, that America, Israel and the West must convert or die. As the entire corpus of research available from the FrontPage Magazine and Discover the Networks, particularly that of Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch demonstrates, this militant interpretation is more closely aligned with the historical implementation of Islam.
On whose authority does John O. Brennan, a secularist government functionary, pronounce on the religious orthodoxy of actions and beliefs of millions Muslims who state that their faith does, in fact, embrace the above listed abhorrent practices?
Rather than commit the liberally horrific act of declaring a religion to be false because it enjoins such evil behavior, Brennan prefers to lie. In order to defeat Islamic Jihad, we must be willing to consider that a specific interpretation of a religion is not true, cannot possibly have a gracious and merciful God as its author because it requires murder, torture and abuse. We must face the reality that our war is against a historic, authentic interpretation of Islam and that we cannot allow this faith to spread, because it will eventually result in the enslavement of the entire human race.