Inevitably, the Left will also see fit to tie the London bombings to the ever-ongoing problems between the Jews and Arabs in Israel and the surrounding territories. And yet, at the G8 summit, a package of three billion for the Palestinian Authority, ostensibly to further the two-state "peace" process, was approved at the conference prior to yesterday's bombings. So the root causes of Islamo-terrorism are poverty in the Third World, the Jewish/Arab problem in Israel and the surrounding territories, and of course, the ongoing military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, right? Well, I think it's obvious that at least two of these "root causes" are bogus. This is a world-wide war, jihad if you will, against the institutions of secular democracy. These people can not be placated, and there is no amount of appeasement or negotiated settlement that will satiate their appetites. Their stated goal is a world-wide caliphate, through prolonged jihad. Strangely, those on the Left seem to think they're just pulling our chain with their rhetoric. After 9/11, I take them at their word. It is not about our occupation of Iraq, it is not about our occupation of Afghanistan, and it is not because we had an airbase in Saudi Arabia up until a few years ago. It isn't because of the ongoing strife between the Jews and Islamists in Israel proper and the terroritories. It isn't about the Crusades, which ended in 1291. It isn't the Reconquista of Andulucia in 1492. It is because these people subscribe to a conquest oriented version of Islam that wants to bring down the West as is THEIR stated goal.
"I say these events have split the whole world into two camps: the camp of belief and the disbelief. So every Muslim shall take -- shall support his religion."
--Osama bin Laden, 10/01