"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my
little friends say there is no Islamic Fascist. Papa says, 'If you see it on
Fox News, it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there an Islamic Fascist?"
VIRGINIA, your friends are twisted, sniveling,
spineless little Chamberlains. They do not believe except what they see in the
mainstream media. They have been affected by the cynicism and moral confusion
of a post-9/11 age. Your little friends are WRONG! They want to toss in the
towel, while the enemy is waiting and hoping that we will do just that.
Yes, Virginia, there is a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical
ideology – Islamic Fascism. The Islamic Fascist exists as certainly as hatred,
oppression, and murder exist.
Your little friends think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by
their little minds. But all minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's,
are little. In this great universe of ours, the American who gets his information
from the mainstream media is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared
with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable
of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge – the global vision of people we
can rely on – on Cheney, on Rice, on Rumsfeld and Bolton; on Perle, on Wurmser,
on Abrams and Kristol.
The Islamic Fascists hate us for our freedom, Virginia.
The Long War we fight today is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st
century against an enemy who lusts to turn back the advance of freedom and impose
a dark vision of tyranny across the world.
Tell your little friends that is why we are in Iraq. The Islamic Fascists made
clear that the most important front in their struggle against America is Iraq
– the "capital of the Caliphate." Iraq is the central battlefield
where the outcome of this struggle will be decided. They would have a new sanctuary
to recruit and train terrorists at the heart of the Middle East, with huge oil
riches to fund their ambitions.
If we give up the fight in the streets of Baghdad, we will face the terrorists
in the streets of our own cities.
Tell your papa, Virginia, that this Caliphate would be a totalitarian Islamic
empire encompassing all current and former Muslim lands, stretching from Europe
to North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. We know this because the
enemy has told us. True, the enemy lies constantly – almost totally without
penalty. They are actively manipulating the media in this country. They can
lie with impunity. They portray our cause as a war on Islam when in fact the
overwhelming majority of victims of their terrorism have been the thousands
and thousands of innocent Muslims – men, women, and children – that they have
When the enemy says things that, if true, would justify our Long War on Terror,
why, Virginia, then we know they must be true! But when they say things that,
if true, would not, why, then, we know they must be lies!
Alas! I know that you do not want to believe, Virginia – but imagine
how dangerous would be the world if there were no Islamic Fascists to
believe in! There would be no childlike faith then, no dread for the president
to draw on to help you and your little friends understand that the War on Terror
must be without shape and without end. We should then have no mission, accomplished
or otherwise. The eternal darkness of fear which fills the world and keeps us
in dread would be extinguished and leave us unprepared – until the final proof
– the smoking gun – that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
Not believe in the Islamic Fascist? You might as well not believe that Jesus
will return to judge us all once Israel reigns from the Nile to the Euphrates!
You might get your papa to hire some ex-CIA contractors to watch all the borders
of the homeland on Ramadan eve. But even if they did not see an Islamic Fascist
coming across strapped in dynamite, what would that prove? Nobody sees
Islamic Fascism – but that is no sign that there are no Islamic Fascists. The
most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
Did you ever see evil fairies dancing on the White House lawn? Of course not,
but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine
all the terrors there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
We tear apart Iraq and see if there are WMD – but there is a veil covering
the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of
all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. There are known knowns,
Virginia; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns,
that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also
unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.
Only faith, fancy, and fear can push aside that curtain and view
the terror beyond.
Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real
and abiding. No Islamic Fascist? Thank GOD! He lives, and he lives forever.
A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will
continue to strike terror into the heart of childhood.
You see, Virginia, the Islamic Fascist is our strategy for this Long
I know you will believe, and will do your part too in the Long War. And tell
your little friends – and your papa too – they better watch what they say. We
are listening, Virginia. We are listening all year round.
Inspired by Francis Pharcellus Church, "Is
There a Santa Claus?" New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897; the Office
of the President's "National
Strategy for Combating Terrorism," September 2006; and the disturbed
oratory of Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney, Aug. 30, 2006, through Sept. 9, 2006.