Redefining the Battlefield
Our civilized world is in a different kind of war, aimed at dragging it back to the 8th century. Our values are the enemy’s main weapon against us. We must adapt if we are to survive.
Forget “religion.” Forget “nation” and “geography.” Don’t even think about “ideology” or “economy.” The enemy in this war includes our citizens, our co-religionists, people on the other side of the world, and our next-door neighbors. The civilized world, regardless of race, religion or region is in an apocalyptic conflict, aimed at dragging the world back to the Dark Ages, and the old categories are keeping us from fighting back.
Some combat takes place on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. Other battles are on the streets of Ottawa, Paris, Boston and Montreal. Some involves the execution of soldiers; some, of shoppers. The aggressor in this war wants to browbeat his opponents into acquiescence; this doesn’t always entail killing. Sometimes the threat of violence is enough to cancel a lecture, silence a critic. The police are among the first to advise compliance in order to avoid trouble. They certainly don’t want to appear Islamophobic.
Cops are good for dealing with criminals. They are not equipped for war. Our legal system is not equipped for this different war. And so, we are losing.
We lost on 9/11.
We lost in the Madrid, the London bombings.
We lost in the Boston Marathon, at Parliament in Ottawa, in the relentless barbarism in Nigeria.
…and countless more.
We lose every time we go to the airport and give up an hour or so to have our bags and bodies scanned.
We lose every time we use a phone, send an e-mail or look at a web page, because these are no longer private acts. They must be scanned by security, looking for plots by our enemies.
We lose whenever an organization fears to publish its address, when security guards or even soldiers have to protect religious institutions. When we can’t go into certain areas of our cities, because they are under control of the enemy.
We lose when dissenting opinions are shouted down or their speakers beaten up. When those opinions can’t be given voice, for fear of offending vengeful, violent people. Free speech is good and we are all Charlie Hebdo, but we don’t want to end up like Charlie Hebdo.
A Different Kind of War Strategy
It will get worse unless we prepare to fight back. We need different tactics, for this different war. Here are some suggestions:
- Ban immigration, ban temporary visas from regions where our defeats are celebrated, where our enemies are admired; places such as Iran, Syria, Pakistan, and North Africa.
- Canada has a long tradition of favoring immigrants from particular countries. It’s time for Canada and the U.S. to discriminate on the basis of origin.
- Anyone who goes to fight on behalf of an enemy or terrorist entity shall be considered guilty of treason if he is a citizen or legal resident.
- If he’s on temporary visa, the visa shall be immediately cancelled and the person deported.
- The death penalty for treason must be restored, with a process that does not lead to interminable delays.
- Mosques must report to police the identity of new converts,so they can be monitored.
- Some people find violence and savagery exciting. Tired of online game warfare, they want to go to the next level, and think that Islam will get them there. The Imam of the mosque of Martin Couture-Rouleau, the convert who ran over two soldiers in St. Jean, Quebec, understood the problem, and cooperated with the RCMP. Such cooperation must be mandatory.
- This discriminatory practice needn’t apply to other religions; their converts are not killing in the name of their new beliefs.
- Jailed radical Muslims must be isolated from other prisoners, to prevent jailhouse radicalization or conversion.
- Prisons must develop and apply effective intervention programs to minimize radicalization of inmates.
A War to Protect Civil Rights and Liberties
“Civil rights” are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment (and to be free from unfair treatment or “discrimination”) in a number of settings — including education, employment, housing, and more — and based on certain legally-protected characteristics.
- TheCivil Rights of the majority,and of peaceful minorities must be protected by civil and criminal law. This includes (within the confines of law)
- Ability to hold meetings
- To publish and disseminate information
- To dress according to their religion without fear of violence
- To peacefully espouse their religious traditions and attend services.
- To support the political and social causes of their choice.
- All without fear of violence.
- A person’s right to advocate for a cause shall not interfere with the right of others to work, or to carry on their business.
- The right to practice a religion shall not oblige an employer to compromise his business in order to accommodate religious beliefs and practices.
- If a person freely takes on an obligation, he cannot excuse himself from it because of religious issues
- If a person takes a job as a bartender, he cannot refuse to serve alcohol. If he’s a taxi driver he cannot refuse service dogs because of his religion. If his faith forbids dogs, let him find a different job.
- Anyone on a visa who interferes with civil rights of others shall immediately have his visa cancelled.
- Anyone interfering with normal activities (civil rights) of Canadians shall be held financially responsible for the consequences.
- Anyone causing financial loss though demonstrations or related political activities shall be held financially responsible.
- Anyone sponsoring or organizing such interference, whether directly or indirectly shall be held financially or criminally responsible.
- The Tides Foundation of San Francisco funds environmental protests in Canada. Such protests include obstructing the operation or
construction of national infrastructure. The anonymous donors who fund such activities through Tides must be held accountable for the damage they cause.
- Calling for the death of people because of their race, ethnicity or religion shall be deemed a criminal act.
- It shall be illegal to conceal one’s face when in public place, except as part of organized activity with permit from appropriate authorities.
International Economics and Propaganda in a Different Kind of War
The economic success of Western civilization is premised on capitalism, i.e. the free flow of capital between economic entities. Any interference with the flow is bad, in principle. However when the entities have another purpose beside economic advancement or are trying to gain a surreptitious advantage, they must be controlled. When a CNOOC, a Chinese company bought a large stake in a Canadian energy company it gave the tyrannical Chinese Communist Party a direct hand in Canadian energy development. It didn’t take long for it to start reneging on the commitments it made to get regulatory approval.
Petronas, owned by the government of Malaysia also has significant stakes in Canadian energy companies, including infrastructure. Malaysia is sixty-one percent Muslim. This in itself need not be a problem, but the country is quickly sliding towards fundamentalism and violence. A past Prime Minister was a vicious anti-Semite, and the current one has praised the strength of ISIS fighters.
In Saudi Arabia and the gulf Emirates, the governments, the energy producers and the worldwide wealth they control are essentially the same entities. The Saudis are the second largest shareholder in Fox News. They have a growing influence in the American press and entertainment industry, and they are not shy about using it. When environmentalists oppose North American energy development, when they create obstacles that delay projects and add costs, the Saudis gain a competitive cost advantage. Sometimes the environmentalists know who is funding their work, sometimes they are clueless. Either way, they are serving the regime that has funded the worldwide spread of radical Islam.
By funding North American environmentalists, by engaging in an energy price war, the Saudis are trying to gain a surreptitious advantage. Petronas, the Saudis and CNOOC are not simply foreign capitalist entities. The former two are connected to those who have undertaken the different kind of war against us. The latter two are part of aggressive, anti-democratic regimes with no respect for the values of Western civilization. They must not be allowed to influence us in our battle.
All voting control of subsidiaries of state-owned entities must be firmly and clearly separated from the regimes that own them.
- Western governments shall be entitled to place auditors within the subsidiaries to ensure that decisions they make are for normal business purposes only.
- Subsidiaries of state-owned entities shall not be allowed to engage in public relations, political lobbying or community affairs, whether directly or through funding of other groups.
- Subsidiaries of state-owned entities shall not be allowed to invest in the press, entertainment media, or online social networks.
A Different Kind of War Entails a Different Kind of Sacrifice
In previous world wars, populations related to the enemy were placed in internment camps, to make sure they weren’t working to destroy us from within. Loyal Canadians and Americans were rounded up, and treated horribly. We don’t want to do that again. It’s more than probable that the vast majority of Muslims are loyal citizens of the Western countries they now inhabit (there is no way to properly quantify this). But we can’t ignore the many radicals dedicated to our destruction. We must make sacrifices, such as suspending some of our values— the ones that are being used against us. We must fight back. Pretending that a different kind of war is not really a war is the path of appeasement on the road to surrender.
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
– Ayn Rand