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The following comes to us via Hillsdale College, Imprimis.
By Brian Kennedy
President, the Claremont Institute
We are often told that we possess the most powerful military in the world and that we will face no serious theat for years to come. We are comforted by three basic assurances aimed at deflecting any serious discussion of national security: 1) that Islam is a religion of peace; 2) that we will never go to war with China because our economic interests are intertwined, and 3) that America won the cold war and Russia is no longer our enemy. But these reassurances are myths propagated on the left and right alike.
We believe them at our peril because serious threats are already upon us.
Let me begin with Islam. We were assured that it was a religion of peace immediately following September 11. President Bush, a good man, believed or was persuaded that true Islam was not any different than Judaism or Christianity. He said in a speech in October, 2001, just a month after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon: “Islam is a vibrant faith..We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy does not follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.” But unfortunately Mr. Bush was trying to understand Islam as we would like it to be rather than how countless devout Muslims understand it.
(this is the first part of a four-part article taken from Brian T. Kennedy’s speech on January 11, 2011 in “the First Principles on First Friday’s” lecture series sponsored by Hillsdale Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington D.C.)