Seven years ago the world learned what Jihad means. The words of S. K. Malik were illuminated by the facts on the ground, and in the streets of New York City. The cultural weakness inherent in the West's attempt, following the examples of the Jacobins, the Russian communists, and the German national socialists, to drive religion out of the public square became apparent, for we who had become totally secular in our thoughts and beliefs had no defenses against this vicious attempt to destroy our Faith in what we believed in. Here is what Malik wrote when defining the accepted philosophy of warfare for Pakistan (and for all Jihadists).
Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent's heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. Its is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him. [...]
Terror [...] is basically related to the strength or weakness of the human soul. It can be instilled only if the opponent's Faith is destroyed. Psychological dislocation is temporary; spiritual dislocation is permanent. Psychological dislocation can be produced by a physical act but this does not hold good of the spiritual dislocation. To instil terror into the hearts of the enemy, it is essential, in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith. An invincible Faith is immune to terror. A weak Faith offers inroads to terror.
The bolding is mine. The targets of 9/11 were symbolic of American capitalism and international commerce. The World Trade Center was no longer the world's tallest building, but it was a powerful (and easy to hit) symbol of international trade and the material prosperity produced by capitalism and commerce. The Pentagon is the center of the American military, which protects the sea-lanes of the world from pirates and supports the advance of international commerce and finance. And the last plane that crashed into a pasture in Shanksville, Pennsylvania was destined to strike the US Capitol Building, the seat of the Senate and House of Representatives, the source of laws regulating commerce for the United States, which is so abhorrent to Jihadists who believe only in the law of Sharia.
If commerce is the civic religion of the United States then this was a strike right at the American soul. But if the soul of the United States is more properly stated in the Declaration of Independence then it was a miss. And that is where the Jihadists miscalculated. America rose up and demanded vengeance against those who launched nineteen assassins against innocent American civilians. If it took war to get vengeance and to secure America against the Jihad, then so be it.
On the other hand, Hollywood, secular Democrats, the media, academia, and the east and west coast secular elites could not understand what had happened. After the initial terror shivered them to their core they blocked the memory of it out of their minds and sealed their minds apart from the fact of what was opposed to them. Then they fiercely opposed any attempt to remind them, or to carry out military action to counter the Jihad.
Never forget the WTC, Pentagon, Shanksville.
Never forget the falling man
Never forget who celebrated.
Never forget that if you are not a Jihadist, then the Jihad is coming for you, your family, your loved ones.
By the way, anyone who argues that 9/11 was not the work of Jihadists and Muslims and was the work of Mossad/US/Bush/Cheney/CIA/Hollywood should put their heads on straight
. 9/11 "Truthers" are soul-less fools and useful idiots for the Jihad.
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