I was co-organizer of and a speaker at the free speech event in Garland, Texas one year ago today. Jihad Watch was a co-sponsor. It is this simple: when jihadis say that they will kill us for drawing Muhammad, we have two choices: draw Muhammad and show that we are not submitting to violent intimidation, or refrain from drawing Muhammad and surrender. The West has largely chosen the latter.
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“Pamela Geller: In the Year Since the First Islamic State Attack on American Soil, These Muslims Confirmed ‘the War Has Just Begun,’” by Pamela Geller, Breitbart, May 3, 2016:
Today is the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s first attack in the homeland.
He was right. Yet one year after jihadis attacked our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in defense of free speech, the West is in full surrender mode. In the wake of the Garland jihad attacks, the world says: let the bullies silence you. Don’t draw Muhammad. Comply with their other demands.
Garland changed everything for my colleagues and me. Its personal toll has been enormous. It has affected our lives and our careers in innumerable ways, all of them negative. Our security costs are now astronomical. We cannot step outside without remembering that we are hunted, and at any time jihadis could strike at us.
We went into the event with our eyes open. We knew the risks. But we knew the risks were greater, for our children and our children’s children, if we allowed the freedom of speech to be destroyed by violent intimidation.
What have we learned since Garland? Nothing. But here is what we know and what the media does not deign to cover, as they are too consumed with destroying the GOP and its presidential candidates. The mediasphere is devoid of actual news now.
An informant in the case on the jihad attack in Garland said there were 50 to 80 more Muslim terrorists out there, ready to strike. And yetTIME magazine lamented that Muhammad cartoons make Muslims “feel less safe.”
The Garland jihad was followed by a spate of ISIS-related attacks on American soil.
Here is a list of the acts of jihad in the US since the Garland, Texas jihad shooting. It is only the US — mind you, the Muslim invasion of Europe and its attendant violence, brutality, and supremacism is not included. This is just in the USA since Garland, May 3, 2015.
I was stunned assembling this list. Even me, and I have been covering jihad activity 24/7/365 for the past 13 years. I am stunned that we are more cowed than ever. Stunned that my colleagues and I are still blacklisted, shunned, and demonized. Stunned that hate groups such as the SPLC and terror-tied groups like CAIR and ISNA are given the imprimatur of legitimacy by the media and academic elites. Stunned, in light of the rivers of blood.
Last summer, thirty Muslims in the U.S. were arrested for a July 4 terror plot, reportedly including two women who called themselves “bad b*****s” and were plotting another Boston bombing, a National Guardsman who wanted to “repeat Charlie Hebdo,” and “Minnesota martyrs.”
A Florida Muslim was arrested for an alleged WMD plot to bomb a Florida beach. Authorities say he expressed a desire to “cook American[s] … in cages” and also boasted: “We will destroy America” and “We will raise our black flag on top of your White House.”
The result of this epidemic of jihad attacks? Obama’s dawah speech about how “Islam is Peace” is repeated weekly, sometimes daily now.
What have we learned? Are mosques being monitored? All of these jihadis regularly worshiped at mosques. What is being taught at these mosques? Are investigators simply going to assume that these mosques are “moderate” and that the jihadis are “radicalized” elsewhere? If that is true, why couldn’t the peaceful teachings they heard at the mosque withstand the appeal of the “radicals”?
Right now, nothing is being done to stop jihad recruiting in U.S. mosques, even as several hundred young Muslims from the U.S. have gone to wage jihad for the Islamic State and are now waging jihad here.
U.S. law enforcement officials must take it upon themselves to learn about what Islam and jihad are really all about, then strategize accordingly about how to stop it. The mosques must be monitored. Muslim immigration must stop.
All over the world, the brutal sharia is being imposed on non-Muslims and free thinkers. Bangladesh is awash in the blood of free thinkers, poets, secularists, and non-Muslims. The slaughter there is daily now.
Devout Muslims tried to kill us in Garland one year ago today for the same reason: perceived insults to Muhammad — in other words, violation of Islamic law.
Under Islamic law, just a whisper that you offended or criticized Muhammad, and you are marked for death. It’s just that simple. The world is looking away, just as it did during the rise of the Third Reich. Deaf, dumb, blind is the world to the extermination of millions in jihad wars. There is no excuse now. Echoing Dr. Ernst Janning fromJudgment at Nuremberg, no one can pretend not to know. There are websites — mine, Jihad Watch,The Religion of Peace, et al. “We didn’t know” won’t fly. The world was guilty then, and the world is guilty now. Then, the world said, “take Sudetenland. Take the Rhineland, Take Austria. Take Czechoslovakia.” And now, the world says, take Syria. Take Gaza, Take Judea, Samaria, Lebanon, the Ivory Coast, Libya…
The world says, “Islam is peace.” The world says, “It’s not millions of victims, it’s hundreds.” That’s a blatant lie, but what difference does that make? We stand for justice, truth, and the value of a single human.
What will you tell your children and grandchildren when they ask you, “Where were you?”