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Frank Salvato is the Executive Director
and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network
and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld
Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato
is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally
on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The
American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are
syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for
EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements.
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United States, 2010: A Rogue Government
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Justice Department Has a Racism Issue
President Is Not Due ‘His Due’
Should Be Our Honor to Honor
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Reality Brings Us Closer to Nuclear Midnight
Demonizing the Tea Party the Chicago Way
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Federal Government’s Basic Purpose
Party Movement, The GOP & Making It Work
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At This Point It’s About Defining the
Liberty v. Obama’s Social Engineering
Constitution Just a Grand Suggestion?
Dems Been Marginalized within Their Own Party
the Spin on the Fort Hood Massacre
to Speak for an Entire Culture
Ideology Masks Ignorance
to Pay Close Attention to the Politicians
Real Strategy for Afghanistan
Will Throw ACORN Under the Bus
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September 11, 2001: Nine Years On
September 10, 2010
The subject of the attacks of September 11, 2001, seems to validate
the notion that the American public has an attention span issue. How else
can we explain the "tolerance” argument being foisted upon the citizenry by
proponents of the Islamic Center and mosque slated for construction just 500
feet from the epicenter of Ground Zero? How else can we explain the
abundance of Wahabbist literature in Saudi funded mosques all over the
United States? And how else can we explain the fact that a grotesquely
overwhelming number of violent acts are committed, daily, in the name of
Can anyone possibly believe these issues would have been embraced with
apathy and conciliation on September 12, 2001; just one day after Americans
watched their countrymen leaping from jet-fuel infused infernos only to
partially disintegrate as they impacted with the ground below?
Can anyone imagine any family member of anyone killed by the bloodthirsty
and barbaric Islamist ideologues on that fateful day rationalizing the
construction of an Islamic center and mosque on what is literally the
graveyard for 2,977 souls; souls dispatched in the name of Allah and
And what of the encroachment of Sharia into the Western culture, into the
American culture? Would anyone who still remembered how they felt when they
saw the first tower of the World Trade Center collapse be inclined to debate
whether Muslim communities should be permitted to establish Sharia councils
to mitigate issues within their communities here in America; councils that
operate outside the constitutionally constrained legal system? Does anyone
in their right mind believe that the barbaric Islamic traditions of honor
killing and genital mutilation have a place in the 21st Century?
In the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, Americans from all
political corners joined hands, minds and hearts in a firm determination to
finally say that the scourge of radical Islamist violence needed to
be confronted; needed to be vanquished; needed to be erased from the face of
the Earth. On September 12, 2001, each and every American knew that to walk
away from this battle – a battle foisted upon us not by our own choosing but
by fundamentalist and violent Islamists – was to invite an even more
catastrophic event to our shores, one that, perhaps and God forbid, could
test the strength of the American will in the face of a massive bio-chemical
or even nuclear attack.
Yet today, nine years later, we have elected as our leaders sympathizers and
appeasers who are using the Iraqi and Afghan battle theaters as pawns in an
ideological political game; who call the war against aggressive, radical and
violent Islam an "overseas contingency plan”; and who do practically
everything in their power to undercut the West’s most valuable ally in the
Middle East – Israel – short of attacking her themselves.
Today, nine years after Muslim radicals, in an aggressive and offensive act
of terrorism, dispatched 2, 977 human beings from the Earth, cries from
beyond the grave beg for us to protect those still living from a similar
fate; cries that ride on every wind that navigates the urban canyons of
Manhattan, every ring of the Pentagon and through the fields of Shanksville.
But, increasingly, the American public cannot hear the cries. We are
listening to agenda-driven news outlets that spotlight our elected leaders
telling us we are to blame, that America is bad. We are
commanded by the Progressive-Liberals to listen to CAIR and the
"bridge-builder” Feisal Abdul Rauf explain to us that we are at fault,
that our government made Osama bin Laden and the murderous cretins of
September 11, 2001, who flew planes into buildings screaming, "Allahu
Akbar!” We are too busy arguing politics to hear the pleas from beyond that
warn us all – each and every one of us – to take this confrontation
seriously. We are too busy.
A cursory examination of the Islamic culture (of which, admittedly, I am not
a fan) reveals that the warriors and war designers of the Islamic world view
confrontation and conquest in the measurement of centuries not decades or
years. By contrast, the United States of America (only 234 years old, give
or take the formative years prior to the signing of the Declaration of
Independence) and more importantly, the American culture, has been trained
by the ideologically opportunistic to employ a sitcom attention span to all
of the issues it faces; everything must be reconciled in thirty minutes,
minus commercial breaks, titles and credits. Where Muslims of conquest are
planning for a global Islamic Caliphate ruled by Sharia law, Americans are
planning for the weekend.
And still the lost souls of September 11, 2001, continue to scream, to
implore, to plead to anyone who will listen.
While we should be asking why the Islamic culture facilitates an
overwhelming number of terrorist acts around the world, doing so in the name
of Allah, Muhammad and Islam, many in the West – mostly Progressives,
Liberals and one-worlders – insist that Islam is a "religion of peace.” Why?
The facts do not lead to that conclusion. Truth be told, the facts lead to
the exact opposite.
Since September 11, 2001, there have been approximately 16,000 acts of
Islamist terrorism. That breaks down to approximately 4.8 acts of violence,
4.8 acts of Islamist terrorism, each and every day. Does this qualify Islam
to claim the moniker "religion of peace?”
As with every other religious text, there are contradictions in the Quran.
But, unlike other religions, the Quran mandates reconciliation for these
It is explained in the Quran that if two passages contradict each other
the passage written later supersedes the one written earlier. Given that the
"peaceful” and "tolerant” passages of the Quran were written in the early
years and the violent conquest and supremacist oriented passages in the
later years, the violent tenets of Islam – per the Quran – abrogate the
peaceful tenets. Why haven’t we taken the time to understand this absolute
fact about this ideology? Why haven’t the so-called "moderate Muslims”
shared this fact with other cultures? Why do we allow appeasers and
sympathizers to Islam mislead us on what the Quran actually mandates?
And what of the Wahabbist tenet of
al taqiyya? Al taqiyya is defined, literally as,
"Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings,
opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger – whether now or
later in time – to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.”
In essence, al taqiyya can be generally defined as the
legitimization of deception. Yet Progressives, liberals and one-worlders
insist on the peaceful purity of Islam, as they seek to negotiate, to extend
an "unclenched fist,” to Islamists like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and
Syria’s Bashar al-Assad; to enter into peace talks with the Taliban and
Mullah Omar. Would we be so quick to accept the "sincerity” of
fundamentalist and radical Islamists were we not ignorant of the deception
employed through al taqiyya?
What else don’t we understand about Islam? About jihadists? About the Quran?
Why are Progressives, Liberals and one-worlders entered into such a
dysfunctional relationship with Islam? Why are they playing the roles of
"useful idiots” to Islam’s thirst for conquest?
If we do anything to honor the 2,977 souls lost on September 11, 2001, we
should weigh heavily on the facts surrounding Islam, its history, its
philosophy, its ideology and the intentions of those who follow the Quranic
edicts of Muhammad blindly. If we do nothing else to appease the restless
souls of those slaughtered by the Islamists of 9/11 we must
quest for the truth so that we might act to secure our future.
We, Americans, have forgotten the pain of the fire that burned us on
September 11, 2001. We have allowed the pain to subside, the scar to heal;
we have done our best to "move on.” Sadly, in a confrontation of cultures,
such as this is – ideological, violent, totalitarian, deceptive and
oppressive – moving on leaves our society and the culture of the Western
World open to conquest. We "move on,” we forget, at our own peril.
God bless the lost souls of September 11, 2001, comfort their families and
friends and give us the strength to survive, as individuals and as a nation.