Over at World Net Daily, Drew Zahn discusses the results of a recent Rasmussen poll, which posed questions to members of the “political class” and to “mainstream voters” about whether we’re really under attack by, and at war with, the World of Islam. To my relief, the poll says that the majority of regular work-a-day Americans believes we’ve got an existential problem with the followers of Muhammad.
What the political class believes is pretty much the opposite. Read Zahn’s report and you’ll see what I mean. But here’s where our real problem sits: The American Press Corps and the majority of Western news outlets continue to ignore a mountain of historical evidence which says that this war between Islam and the World of Infidels began centuries ago (yes, even before George Bush became President). I’m continually amazed at the lack of research into the Muslim doctrines and history by people who are supposed to be among our most learned.
Educating one’s self in this area does require some time and reading. I can’t say it’s easy or quick. Nearly eleven years after the 9/11 attacks, I’m still reading the material – right now it’s the Quran. I have yet to get to The Reliance of the Traveller. It is a bit expensive.
My guess is that most of the political people to whom Rasmussen and Zahn allude, the willfully ignorant who don’t believe there is an irreconcilable conflict between Islam and Western Civilization, have never cracked open one of Andrew Bostom’s books, such as The Legacy of Jihad.
Diana West’s The Death of the Grownup: How America’s Arrested Develpment Is Bringing Down Western Civilization is another fine source for grabbing some vital information on Islam’s war against the West.
Shariah: The Threat To America, published by Frank Gaffney’s Team B II at the Center for Security Policy, is another basic Islamic doctrine primer for one who is looking into a basic education about what we’re really up against.
I used material from all three of the aforenamed books for historical reference in writing my jihad thriller novel A Summons To Perdition.
But, you know and I know how difficult it is to get someone who is not a member of the political class to sit down for a few hours and actually read a book. So, how difficult must it be for an elected politician to sit down and read one? Consider the rigorous schedule of mandatory public appearances, mandatory cocktail parties, mandatory scheduling of campaign stops during election years, mandatory cocktail parties, mandatory banquets, mandatory photo ops, mandatory trips to foreign countries for fact-finding purposes, mandatory face-time on TV late-night talk shows (and did I mention the cocktail parties?).
When is an elected official to find the time to educate himself? So, until some major event forces an awakening of our “political class”, or we begin to seek and elect candidates who have already taken the time necessary to get a grip on Islam’s true nature and goals, nothing much will change.
I am thankful that a majority of mainstream America senses the problem. At least that’s what Rasmussen Polls tells me this week. Who knows what he’ll say next week? It’s an election year, after all.