Lt.Col. Allen West was one of four members in a panel of speakers at the Hudson Institute’s Reclaim American Liberty Conference who, in the Tundra Tabloids opinion, gave the best response possible to the question about why jihadis are fighting against the West. KGS
H/T Vlad Tepes
Transcript of West’s response to the question by Red State blog.
Red State blog: My question is mainly for the warriors, we’re talking about how to identify the enemy, and last week Helen Thomas, it was after the Christmas bombing and they we’re talking with the counter terrorism (unclear). Her question was: Why do they want to do this? And the answer was, well because there is this warped version of Islam that is motivating them. And her question was again:
Why, why would they warp a religion in order to attack us, as if that’s the order that it happened in? We got to attack America, so lets warp Islam? What do you say to people that are willing to jump through any mental hoops in order to make us the bad guys? Because her conclusion is, they are fighting a war to be isolated and sovereign, not a war against us, how do you answer people like that?
Col. West: Let me say this, and I don’r care being popular whatever. The first thing you got to do is to study and to understand who you’re up against. And you must realize that this is not a religion you are fighting against, you are fighting against a theo-political belief system and construct. You’re fighting something that’s been doing this thing since 622 AD, the 7th century,1388 years.
You want to dig up Charles Martel and ask him why he was fighting the Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732? You want to ask the Venetian fleet at La Ponto, why they were fighting a Muslim fleet in 1571? You want to ask the Germanic and Austrian knights why they were fighting at the Gate of Vienna in 1683? You want to ask people what happened at Constantinople and why today it’s called Istanbul because they lost that fight in 1453?
You need to get into the Koran, you need to understand their precepts, you need to read the Sura, you need to read the hadiths, and then you can really understand that it’s not a perversion, they are doing exactly what this book says. I want to close by saying this, and I think that we’ve said this all through this morning so far.
Until you get principled leadership in the United States of America that is willing to say that, we will continue to chase our tail, because we will never clearly define who this enemy is, and define, their goals and objectives, which is on any jihadists website, and then come up with the right and proper goals and objectives, to not only secure our republic, but to secure Western civilization.
UPDATE: The Tundra Tabloids good friend, Andy Bostom, has the following to say about Lt.Col. West: “How fortunate that this heroic, wise, and eloquent man is seeking national public office—a Congressional seat in southern Florida. I pray he wins that Congressional seat, and seeks even higher office. “