Sarah Palin’s Speech in Hong Kong

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Islam, News of the Day |

Sarah Palin spoke at an economic conference in Hong Kong the other day and here are some of her notes that I copied from Pamela Geller’s site at atlasshrugs. I will make some comments and interact with her a bit, but I am focusing on what she said about Islam and national defense. She gave a speech that was close to an hour and a half long, so this is just a small bit. I love Sarah Palin and would consider voting for her for President. She gets some things wrong here about Islam, so I will chastise her a bit.

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Two weeks ago, America commemorated the 8th anniversary of the savagery of September 11, 2001. The vicious terrorist attacks of that day made clear that what happened in lands far distant from American shores directly affect our security. We came to learn, if we did not know before, that there were violent fanatics who sought not just to kill innocents, but to end our way of life. Their attacks have not been limited to the United States.

They attacked targets in Europe, North Africa and throughout the Middle East. Here in Asia, they killed more than 200 in a single attack in Bali. They bombed the Marriott Hotel and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Last year in Mumbai, more than 170 were killed in coordinated attacks in the heart of India’s financial capital. In this struggle with radical Islamic extremists, no part of the world is safe from those who bomb, maim and kill in the service of their twisted vision.

This war – and that is what it is, a war – is not, as some have said, a clash of civilizations. We are not at war with Islam. Here is where she goes wrong. This is most decidedly a war between civilizations that has been going on since the 7th century. Why even conservative/evangelical politicians cannot read history remains a mystery to me. The Koran calls for all good muslims to convert, enslave or kill all infidels. That would be us. Palin is right in one sense, WE are not at war with Islam. BUT Islam is at war with us! This is a war within Islam, where a small minority of violent killers seeks to impose their view on the vast majority of Muslims who want the same things all of us want: economic opportunity, education, and the chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. She has a partial truth here. Islam does have a bloody civil war on its hands, but the war is over tactics, not the main goal. Furthermore, I remain convinced that MOST muslims do in fact hate the West, hate Christianity or Western Atheism and, though they may fear and even hate al queda or the taliban, they always seem to applaud when the west suffers a loss. One of the images of 9/11 that will FOREVER BE STAMPED ON MY MEMORY is of a market scene somewhere in Israel that had a Palestinian majority, and I saw women and children watching the towers fall on a TV and cheering, dancing and celebrating in the streets. If you push the average muslim into a tight spot the hatred for Jews and Americans, Brits and Aussies, Swedes and DAnes, Germans and French, will come out. The reality is that al Qaeda and its affiliates have killed scores of innocent Muslim men, women and children. Islam has always been a bloody religion both to infidels and to their own people.

The reality is that Muslims from Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries are fighting al Qaeda and their allies today. But do not mistake their internecine fighting for one side being FOR the West and the other side not. Neither side is FOR the WEST. They do disagree with each other on tactics, but not the long term goal. Do those muslims who are COLONIZING EUROPE through immigration and huge birth numbers have a love for WESTERN CIVILIZATION? NO! But this will be a long war, Yes, it has been a long war. For the west it has been going on recently since the Munich Olympics in ’72, but don’t forget the Ottoman Turks were against us in WW1 and sided with the Germans. Before that America fought the muslims in the Wars with the Barbary Pirates in the 1789-1815 time frame. And prior to that was the Siege of Vienna in 1683 when the Turks had Vienna Austria surrounded, but ended up losing. And so on back to the 8th century and Charles Martel defeating the muslims at the Battle of Tours in 732. and it will require far more than just military power to prevail. Just as we did in the Cold War, we will need to use all the tools at our disposal – hard and soft power. Economic development, public diplomacy, educational exchanges, and foreign assistance will be just as important as the instruments of military power.She is close to being on target here, but she needs to see the spiritual dimensions of this war, it is a THEOLOGICAL and SPIRITUAL BATTLE as well. And THIS IS WHY WE ARE NOT WINNING YET: WE ARE NOT FIGHTING THE REAL SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM WHICH IS ISLAM AND THE KORAN. When we fought and WON WW2, we defeated the ideologies of  both Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. We did not merely defeat them militarily, we defeated them spiritually. Nazism was out of favor after the war. Emperor worship was a moot point after he surrendered. We are not fighting TERROR Gov. Palin, we are FIGHTING ISLAM. Or we should be. Terrorism is merely a tactic. The ideas behind the tactics are all Islam.

During the election campaign in the U.S. last year, you might have noticed we had some differences over Iraq. John McCain and I believed in the strength of the surge strategy – because of its success, Iraq is no longer the central front in the war on terrorism. Afghanistan is. Afghanistan is where the 9/11 attacks were planned and if we are not successful in Afghanistan, al Qaeda will once again find safe haven there. Very True. As a candidate and in office, President Obama called Afghanistan the “necessary war” and pledged to provide the resources needed to prevail. However, prominent voices in the Democratic Party are opposing the additional U.S. ground forces that are clearly needed. Demoncrats always oppose war with those who threaten us.

Speaker of the House Pelosi, Defense Subcommittee Chairman Murtha, the Senate Armed Services Committee Chair, and many others, recently expressed doubts about sending additional forces! President Obama will face a decision soon when the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan requests additional forces to implement his new counterinsurgency strategy. Here is my problem. I do not think even our military is asking for enough troops to really do the job. Again, the goal should be to completely change Afghanistan, including their religion and ancient tribal culture. As worthless as that place is, it may not even be worth that effort, which would need 400,000 troops and a secure ground corridor through either Pakistan or Iran. A-stan should have just been bombed  back into the stone age.

We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. I do not think an islamic, tribal society like A-stan is capable of such. Historically this is an unproven idea. And we must do what it takes to prevail. 400,000 troops and decimating the population, destroying every mosque.The stakes are very high. Last year, in the midst of the U.S. debate over what do to in Iraq, an important voice was heard – from Asia’s Wise Man, former Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who wrote in the Washington Post about the cost of retreat in Iraq. In that article, he prophetically addressed the stakes in Afghanistan. He wrote:

“The Taliban is again gathering strength, and a Taliban victory in Afghanistan or Pakistan would reverberate throughout the Muslim world. It would influence the grand debate among Muslims on the future of Islam. A severely retrograde form of Islam would be seen to have defeated modernity twice: first the Soviet Union, then the United States. There would be profound consequences, especially in the campaign against terrorism.”

That statesman’s words remain every bit as true today. And Minister Lee knows, and I agree, that our success in Afghanistan will have consequences all over the world, including Asia. Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. It took Rome 3-4 generations to defeat the Carthaginians. We will need that kind of “staying power” if we are serious about winning.That is why I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision.

That is why, even during this time of financial distress we need to maintain a strong defense. All government spending should undergo serious scrutiny. No programs or agencies should be automatically immune from cuts.

We need to go back to fiscal discipline and unfortunately that has not been the view of the current Administration. They’re spending everywhere and with disregard for deficits and debts and our future economic competitiveness. Though we are engaged in two wars and face a diverse array of threats, it is the defense budget that has seen significant program cuts and has actually been reduced from current levels!

First, the Defense Department received only ½ of 1 % of the nearly trillion dollar Stimulus Package funding – even though many military projects fit the definition of “shovel-ready.” In this Administration’s first defense budget request for 2010, important programs were reduced or cancelled. As the threat of ballistic missiles from countries like North Korea and Iran grow, missile defense was slashed.

Despite the need to move men and material by air into theaters like Afghanistan, the Obama Administration sought to end production of our C-17s, the work horse of our ability to project long range power. Despite the Air Force saying it would increase future risk, the Obama Administration successfully sought to end F-22 production – at a time when both Russia and China are acquiring large numbers of next generation fighter aircraft. It strikes me as odd that Defense Secretary Gates is the only member of the Cabinet to be tasked with tightening his belt. Here, Sarah is right on target. The only departments to really take sizeable cuts are the Defense Dept. and NASA. Obama’s goal is to weaken the US and strengthen our enemies. Obama, like most Demoncrats, despises American exceptionalism and thinks we are the source of evil in the world.

Now in the region I want to emphasize today: The reason I speak about defense is because our strong defense posture in Asia has helped keep the region safe and allowed it to prosper. Our Asian allies get nervous if they think we are weakening our security commitments. I worry about defense cuts not because I expect war but because I so badly want peace. And the region has enjoyed peace for so long because of our security commitment to our longstanding allies and partners.

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Australia rightly reminds us to keep our eye on Southeast Asia, where Indonesia has proved that Islam and democracy can co-exist. Indonesia has fought extremism inside its own border and is consolidating a multi-ethnic democracy that is home to hundreds of millions of Muslims. Those who say Islam and democracy are incompatible insult our friends in Indonesia.

She is clueless on Islam.(Pamela Geller’s comment). I agree with Pamela on this one. Islam is inherently a non-democratic worldview/religion. Sarah is just plain wrong here. Indonesia is the most populous islamic country and is somewhat democratic, but they do not have freedom of religion culturally, nor true freedom of speech, so how democratic are they really? Islam is an intolerant religion that will never tolerate free speech or true religious liberty. Yes, I know that historically, many muslim areas tolerated Jews and Christians, but only as dhimmies, second class citizens who paid extra taxes for the privilege of not being sold into slavery or killed. Furthermore, Islam never permits proselytizing. You cannot leave Islam and convert to Christianity. So, are they really democratic?

God bless Sarah Palin and it will be intriguing to see if she runs for the Presidency in 2011/12. She has the most conservative ideology and track record of any of the main candidates I have seen, including Mitt Romney. But the MSM/Press Pukes will be unmerciful. Our politicians are STILL MAKING NICE WITH ISLAM and that has to stop. The historical and theological truth must be told boldly.

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