I keep wondering how the confrontation with Islamism is shaping America.
I believe it is the source of our current national divide. I have discussed this divide often. America is divided between those who consider government expansion and increased debt a threat to economic growth and commercial success. And those who don’t.
This is a divide and it is firmly entrenched in our governments local, state and national.
How is it related to Islamism?
Islamism wants to create an ideal society in the image of the Koran. That includes a government and religious entity combined in one called the Ummah. The Ummah is a vast administrative system that enforces the morals of Islam. The system can be seen in Afghanistan under the Taliban and for half-century in Saudi Arabia.
How has America become divided in its reaction to Islamism and the implementation of an Ummah?
Half of our society considers this to not be a threat just as the same group of people (Lefties) denied that the USSR was a threat. Their group opposed the Vietnam War and strongly resisted a military build up against the USSR. Today the same group including president Obama has refused to use the words "War on Terror" to describe the current confrontation with Islamism. The group considers the Islamic goal of improving people using the government to be the same as the Left’s own goals under the rubric of environmentalism and stopping global warming.
This Lefty half of our society sees no problem with the expansion of government, increase in debt that is associated with it and is not alarmed by increased regulations of daily life and business. It favors such expansion as morally necessary.
The other half of our society considers Islamism to be a threat to the core American values at home and in the many countries for which the United States has been serving as an example of freedom and religious coexistence. That half of our society (which includes me) considers the expansion of government a threat to both individuals and businesses and that the growing debt is onerous to commerce. That half of our society does not believe that global warming warrants extreme restrictions on individuals and businesses.
This appears to me to be the domestic outcome of a foreign threat.
To understand that I am not exaggerating consider a book that is pro-Ummah and pro-Sharia law by Sadakat Kadri that received rave reviews in the Lefty British Spectator and the Independent.
What is your reaction?