By RICHARD SWIER
The free world is rejoicing the death of Osama bin Laden. The man behind the 9/11 attacks has gone to, as Robert Spenser of Jihad Watch calls it, “the great bordello in the sky”.
I was in Tampa yesterday to watch the documentary “The Ground Zero Mosque: Second wave of the 91/11 Attacks.” The Pinellas Patriots hosted the event. Spencer and Pamela Geller, publisher of Atlas Shrugs were there to remind us all that the fight against sharia Islam goes on. Both said we are all soldiers in this fight. Geller said that those who died on 9/11 were not civilians but rather soldiers of freedom and we must continue to fight until the day comes when all forms of Shariah Islamic oppression are defeated around the world.
“Osama bin Laden has gone to claim his virgins, and while that is fine news, it really won’t change anything,” Spencer writes.
“The role of al Qaeda in the global jihad, and the role of Osama bin Laden in al Qaeda, have both been wildly overstated. Al Qaeda is not the only Islamic jihad group or Islamic supremacist group operating today, and Osama bin Laden was not some charismatic leader whose movement will collapse without him.”
My and Spencer’s greatest fear is the death of Osama to many means the end to the global war against sharia Islam.
That cannot be farther from the truth. While the movement now has yet another martyr the real fight goes on. I firmly believe the radical shariah Islamist movement is growing and gaining political ground across the Middle East. We are seeing this with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Iran’s support of violence in Bahrain and support for Assad in Syria.
Iran remains the existential threat to Israel, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. A nuclear armed Iran is a death knell to those Muslim and non-Muslim allies fighting to stop sharia Islamist groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood is the growing long term threat.
Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood joining together would be catastrophic.
We are seeing signs of this happening already as Iran has re-established diplomatic ties with Egypt. Joshua Mitnick, Matt Bradley, and Jay Solomon in the Wall Street Journal article “New Tension Roils Israel” report, “Yet the Egyptian political drift toward greater domestic tolerance of Islamist groups [the Muslim Brotherhood] and support for the Palestinians, including a new willingness to work with Hamas, has Israel most worried. The trends could come to a head in September, when Egypt is planning its first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections and the Palestinians are expected to press for state recognition at the UN.”
Matt Bradley reports in the Wall Street Journal that the Muslim Brotherhood is increasing the number of candidates for seats in the new government up to 50 percent. This is much more dangerous for our interests in the region. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes a majority of seats in September then this terrorist organization will control the second largest U.S. equipped military in the Middle East, second only to the Israeli military.
While this is a time to rejoice it is also a time to get serious about the real dangers facing us. Clare Lopez, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, refers to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran as the “Axis of Jihad.” This axis is stronger, poised to achieve major positions of power in key Middle Eastern states and more dangerous to our very survival.
Expect the Axis of Jihad to strike the free world again and again and again.
Richard Swier is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service, two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat and the Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
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