“religious fundamentalism alone is not a risk factor.”

The phrase “religious fundamentalism alone is not a risk factor” appears in the Pentagon report on Nadal Hassan, the Ft. Hood terrorist. Charles Krauthammer reminds us that we must be clear on what it is we are up against: radical Islam, or, if you prefer, Islamist fundamentalism.

Dr. K rebuts the Pentagon’s politically correct nonsense thusly:

Islamist fundamentalism is not only a risk factor. It is the risk factor, the common denominator linking all the great terror attacks of this century — from 9/11 to Mumbai, from Fort Hood to Times Square, from London to Madrid to Bali. The attackers were of various national origin, occupation, age, social class, native tongue, and race. The one thing that united them was the jihadist vision in whose name they acted.

Unless we know who and what the enemy is, we can never defeat it. Nor be safe.


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