We are also seeing some of our elites actually sliding back to the pre-9-11 complacency and worse. The Fort Hood massacre occurred because the US Army did not want to discipline an obviously Islamist major who decided his primary allegiance was to his extremist vision of Allah, and not to the United States. Yet, he was not disciplined because people were afraid they would be called Islamophobic, as if they had some “phobia” or unreasoning fear of Muslims. That is the sad truth. A Senate report confirms that the 13 people who were murdered at Fort Hood should not have died.
We are seeing not Islamophobia, but Islamophilia, a kind of phony love or protection of anything Islamic—even when it is a clearly extreme vision of Islam. That is why we see supposed CIA analyses that Iran is not working on nuclear weapons. Well, if they were working on a civilian nuclear power, then why do we see no preparation for nuclear powered electric grids and why were they hiding all their preparations? These analysts see only positive intentions, but these are the same people—or their ideological descendants– who in 1978 thought that Khomeini was a moderate. Many people have lost heir lives because of this stupidity, but those analysts kept their jobs.
FP: Are you concerned about what some of your targets might do?
Widlanski: No, I can back up everything I wrote. This book was thoroughly vetted by legal experts. I nail down all of my charges with copious source notes. These sources are an integral part of the book. And as I said, this book has been vetted legally by one of the best publishers in the business. We spent months checking and double-checking. I am not worried. If any of the people at the New York Times or CNN, Columbia or Georgetown, the CIA or the State Department would like to engage me in debate, they will find that I am prepared. And they will lose. Inshallah. That is Arabic for God-willing. And I am willing to hold the discussion in Arabic if that makes them feel more comfortable.
FP: What research went into this work?
Widlanski: The book is based on a lot of research. In the largest sense, it is about more than 30 years of primary and secondary research, including my own experiences as a reporter for The New York Times, Cox Newspapers, as a student and lecturer at universities such as Columbia —from which I have three degrees, and as a soldier and security official on the ground in the Middle East—in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan.
FP: What solutions do you suggest for dealing with the dangers and dilemmas we face?
Widlanski: We have to understand the methods and ideologies of the newest generations of terrorists, most of whom are Arab-Islamic terrorists. We have to give our security and law enforcement officials the right training and good intelligence. We have to invest in education, real education, open-minded education, not politically correct and ideologically vetted professors who were taught that “jihad” only means a spiritual journey. As someone who speaks Arabic, let me assure Frontpage readers, that all Arabs know that the common meaning of jihad is a physical war, a holy war, to expand the borders of Islam.
FP: Dr. Michael Widlanski, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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