Six years after 9/11 we are engaged in a global conflict in which we cannot name the enemy who has attacked us. The President has described the war we are in as a “war on terror.” But terror is only a tactic used by many. Our enemies are Islamo-fascists. They are religious fanatics who, as the President has said, “are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism.” Yet even the President cannot use the word “Islamo-fascist” because civil rights groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) complain that that is “Islamo-phobic.” CAIR is itself an arm of the Islamo-fascist movement, having been created by the Muslim Brotherhood – the fountain-head of al-Qaeda and the jihad against us – and the terrorist Palestinian organization, Hamas.
What would World War II have been like if every time we described our enemies as “Nazis,” a German civil rights group complained that we were “Germanophobes” and our leaders caved to their demands? Yet that is precisely the situation we presently face. We cannot name the enemy and we cannot study him.
Six years after 9/11, not a single Middle Eastern Studies Department in the United States offers a course on Islamo-Fascism or Islam and Fascism, although the founders of the modern jihad Hassan al-Banna and Sayd Qutb were both admirers of Hitler as are the current rulers of Iran. Yet without studying the movement that threatens us, we cannot possibly be equipped to defend ourselves adequately.
To end this censorship, we demand that the Middle Eastern Studies Department at this university
- Include a course on the origins, perspectives, motives and goals of the Islamo-Fascist movement in its basic course offering
- Offer a series of open seminars on Islamo-Fascism for the student body at large
- Invite speakers to address these classes and the campus at large, offering a variety of perspectives on Islamo-Fascism