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"Islam is under attack" [a charge made, yet again, by another Muslim group].
Islam is not "under attack." It is Islam, or rather Muslims prompted by the unambiguous texts and tenets of Islam --- those Muslims who choose to take their duty of Jihad seriously, that is -- who are attacking not only America, not only the West, but all of the Rest -- that is, the entire non-Muslim world. Sometimes they hold back in the use of what we call "terrorism" and what they insist is merely a misunderstood and legitimate form of "qitaal" or combat, depending on the circumstances, and the likelihood that the use of such methods will indeed further the cause of Islam.
But they do not refrain from using other, less spectacular, far more effective methods of Jihad, that is, the "struggle" to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam.
The attempts, many of them clumsy, and some of them ineffective or even worse than nothing at all (the presence of American troops, after the beginning of 2004, represents a squandering of men's lives, money, matériel, and morale, in a vain attempt to foster a false unity that is the very opposite, in Iraq, of what we should desire), like the responses of Infidel governments in Western Europe and North America to the steady, and never-to-be-ended pressure brought by Muslims within Infidel lands, are merely acts of self-defense, defense against the Jihad.
It is Muslims who are on the attack. It is Muslims who are asserting themselves deep within the Lands of the Infidels, and who, in the lands they already control, are by their actions driving out so many non-Muslims, through discrimination, persecution, and even mass murder, for the Arab and then other Muslim nations long ago were emptied of their Jewish populations, forced to flee, and now the Christians who managed to hold on, whether in Iraq or Gaza or Algeria or Egypt or Lebanon or Pakistan, have been under steady assault, and even the Copts, even the Maronites, wonder if they have a future in a thoroughly-islamized "Arab world."
Islam is on the attack. It needs to be constrained, permanently. The Lands of Dar al-Islam need be kept at bay, not by invading them and, still worse, by demonstrations, as in Iraq, of some shallow leader's messianic sentimentalism (itself based on an unwillingness to see clearly, and then to come to grips with, the meaning, and permanent menace of Islam).
No, what is needed are several things. First, there needs to be an understanding of the weaknesses within Islam, the pre-existing fissures -- sectarian, ethnic, economic -- that can be artfully exploited. This might be called "Telemachy" or "fighting from afar." We can admire hot-headed Achilles or stolid Hector, but the warrior to emulate is "wily Odysseus," who -- so deep-browed Homer tells us -- fathered, and favored, his own version of Telemachy.