Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’

Romney, a man after my own heart.

“They are terrorists, yes, but more directly they are Jihadists,” the White House hopeful told ABC News. “That has broad implications.”

Romney is spot on.

Romney’s determination to avoid referring to America’s enemies solely by the tactics that they use is earning praise from some foreign policy specialists. “I think it could change the entire center of the conversation,” said Mary Habeck, a professor of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The conversation must change for unless we name the disease we can’t protect ourselves from it let alone cure it.

Romney acknowledges that there has been a “big debate” in academic circles about the meaning of jihad, with some people believing that a spiritual jihad was never intended in the world of Islam to be militaristic. He says, however, that “there is no question” about what jihad means to the Islamic militants fighting the United States. Nor does Romney think there is any question that Osama bin Laden would like the world to see him as a potential caliph.

There is no debate in Islamic circles of what jihad means, only disinformation from the likes of CAIR and gullible people who buy into their propaganda. Muslims understand full well jihad has two forms, lesser jihad (military struggle/Holy War) and greater (spiritual struggle). “Ye shall know them by their fruits,” Jesus said. Fruits are works or evidence or observable behavior and the results which flow from them. Who can doubt that Islamists use their belief in jihad to justify their murderous deeds?

Romney wants the public to know that Jihadists are not an “armed group of crazed maniacs in the hills of Afghanistan.” Rather, Romney says the United States is facing a “far more sinister and broad-based extremist faction” with a “very 8th century view of the world.” Based on his reading of books such as “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us,” by Steven Emerson, and “Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America” by Walid Phares, Romney believes the Jihadists want to “retake the ancient Muslim lands and unify umma, or the world of Islam, under a caliphate.”

The books Romney read are by two of the most respected scholars on Islam, “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us,” by Steven Emerson, and “Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America” by Walid Phares.

One outgrowth of Romney’s focus on Jihadism is his support for increased surveillance in the United States. In a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation last year, Romney posed a series of rhetorical questions about domestic intelligence gathering. “We have 120 colleges and universities in Massachusetts, roughly,” he said. “How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who come from terror sponsored states? Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them? How about people who are in settings — mosques, for instance — that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror? Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on? Are we seeing who’s coming in, who’s coming out?”

Like Bush, Romney understands the enemy and is not afraid to clearly define and state who and what the enemy is. That is the leadership we have in Bush, and the leadership we need in the next President. One of the many reasons Bush and Romney have my support.

ABC News: ‘Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’:

Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’

Republican Presidential Hopeful Warns of Religious-Tinged Threat

By TEDDY DAVIS

April 30, 2006 – – Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., has sought to confront the religious element of terrorism.

“They are terrorists, yes, but more directly they are Jihadists,” the White House hopeful told ABC News. “That has broad implications.”

Romney’s determination to avoid referring to America’s enemies solely by the tactics that they use is earning praise from some foreign policy specialists. …[read more]


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Posted on September 19, 2006, in Islamism, News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Looks like I will be working hard to ensure Romney does not win Pennsylvania.

    So sad. The future looks very bad.

    And no, neither Bush nor Romney understand the “enemy.”

    Rev. Will Dexter: Every day, here and at home, we are warned about the enemy. But who is the enemy? Is it the alien? Well, we are all alien to one another. Is it the one who believes differently than we do? No, oh no, my friends. The enemy is fear. The enemy is ignorance. The enemy is the one who tells you that you must hate that which is different. Because, in the end, that hate will turn on you. And that same hate will destroy you.

    –Rev. Will Dexter, Babylon 5 “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place.”

    The greater enemy is the one that leads our country to hate others because we fear them. I wish Romney were smarter than this, but he has to win a Republican primary, so he speaks to the Republican base. This doesn’t speak highly of the Republican base, which so dearly loves war…..

  2. United States of America, needs a good leader who will put the country into a higher standard. LDS has high standards on morality, secular and religous. People may seem antagonists on the Mormon issue in the States. Just try to find out what LDS or mormonism first before judging it, who knows you discover the true meaning of Christianity.

  3. It would appear Romney has little appreciation for the policies practiced by the United States which have made us unpopular in Islam..Specifically the Israel can do no wrong bias has been especially harmful. Looks like Romney is another Bush, and that’s not good. Especially dangerous is his theology which will likely confine his views to Biblical interpretations.

  4. Habeas corpus is dead. Your vote can be electronically changed before it is counted. We now live in a dictatorship. How long will it be before people begin to see the truth?

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