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The Hill - What the Embassy Attacks Really Mean

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By Representative Dana Rohrabacher

I don't believe in coincidences. The assaults on American diplomats in Libya and Egypt that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff dead in Benghazi took place on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Islamic militants were looking for an excuse to hit Americans again on the 9/11 date. The posting of an obscure video on YouTube was not the cause, it was just the excuse. The killers executed a coordinated attack and knew how to shoot. This was an assassination.

These outrageous, pre-meditated attacks are the outcomes of three years of pandering by the Obama administration to radical Islam.

The hatred felt by Islamic extremists is generated from within their own twisted souls; and it is encouraged and sustained by signs of weakness displayed by its Western targets. In this case, no sympathy for the warped religious beliefs of the militants should be included in any U.S. statement about the attacks. Murderous extremism is not worthy of tolerance.

We don't need to make any gesture of understanding or sensitivity to those Islamo-Nazis especially in the aftermath of violent attacks.

Fanaticism does not just breed violence against Westerners. Far more Muslims have been slaughtered by jihadists than any other group. Any deviation from the cult makes one a blasphemous traitor who deserves death.

If we are to have good Muslims (and most are) on our side to stand against the anti-Western extremists, we must have the courage to be unapologetic in our condemnations of the evil forces within the Muslim world. We must openly delineate those Muslims who are our friend and those who are our enemies and treat them as such. The Obama Administration has not even been able to get itself to aggressively criticize the slaughter of Coptic Christians in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.

In Egypt, the rampaging mob was reportedly led by Al Gama'a Al Islamiyya, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization who demanded the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the cleric behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. This wasn't about some Internet video. It's about the murderous elements within Islam who are intent on destroying Western civilization and culture.

America still has friends in Egypt it should support to help the country regain its footing and move forward. Making excuses or bending over backwards to curry favor with the negative forces of Muslim radicalism in Egypt has gotten us nowhere.

We are now confronting challenges far different from the Middle East of the past. President Obama's appeasement has not worked. Deployment of large U.S. troops has not worked in Afghanistan or Iraq.

The model for future counter-terrorist campaigns will be more like Yemen than Afghanistan. In Yemen, government troops supported by popular uprisings in radical controlled areas have broken the power of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The U.S. provided intelligence and special operations help, including air strikes like the one that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the militant cleric thought to have inspired Major Nidal Hasan's traitorous shooting spree at Fort Hood.

Of course, the Obama Administration has never acknowledged the culpability of radical Islam in the Fort Hood murders because it does not want to identify who and what we are fighting.

Helping the enemy of our enemy is the key to success. We backed the Northern Alliances in Afghanistan and they defeated the Taliban in 2001.

There are freedom loving people in Muslim communities throughout the world who are our natural allies. We can provide support both technologically and otherwise that will enable them to overcome the negative forces that threaten their societies. But the injection of U.S. troops won't work and now with the killing of our Ambassador in Libya, it's time for us to admit goodwill campaigns by the President of the United States in this region don't work either; Unless that goodwill is based on a position of truth and strength rather than platitudes and obfuscation of real threats.

Our strength and our resolve are not just shown in military deployments but also in condemnation of evil acts by extremists who hate us and everything we stand for. Unfortunately, the tragic deaths of our embassy personnel and the most recent violent attacks against the U.S. indicate America needs a new, stronger approach than what this administration is providing.

Quit apologizing, aggressively defend our values and help our friends and freedom loving people of the region ,win their own battles because their cause is our cause.

Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


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