Purpose of Terrorism and Our Response

MB900078734In the press of daily life amid the mundane and the extraordinary we often lose sight of why people do certain things.  When something like the Boston attack occurs, we tend to rack it up just another mindless atrocity.

Yet terrorists have a purpose.

In the case of Islamic terrorists, given their supremacist orientation, the purpose is conquest.   Terrorizing people to force them to submit has long been the tactic used in the overall strategy.  They are not bashful. For at least 1,000 years the declaration has been: convert, assume dhimmi status, or die.

The Weather Underground used terrorism as did other groups in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s. Drug cartels to the south use it daily.  The IRA used it in Ireland and Great Britain.  The Nazis and the Soviet communists were among the most proficient terrorists in history. Causing extreme mayhem and chaos is effective in getting concessions from those in power.  It’s also useful as a recruiting tool.  Combine it with religious fanaticism and you create a perpetual motion killing machine.

In the present day, terrorism has so cowed most Americans we actually hesitate to call it what it is for fear of violating the unwritten law of political correctness.  In this sense the Jihadists have already won: we submit, they celebrate.  Calling the Fort Hood massacre an instance of “workplace violence” stands as the crowning example of the mass psychology of stupidity exacted by terrorism, then sanctioned by the military, incredibly!  Obama hesitating to call Boston an act of terror, even hoping it was a tax day protest, is further evidence of the insanity-driven agenda in the present day.

More evidence of submission: the movement to institutionalize Sharia law which is gaining momentum.  Just look to Britain where terrorists are accommodated and citizens arrested, where government and religious leaders endorse Sharia, committing societal suicide in the name of multiculturalism, the noose, political correctness.

Americans need to wise up.  We must stand firm against this madness, refusing to submit, and more, actively fighting back.  We should refuse to give terrorism any assistance.  Our language should speak the truth, without apology.  To hell with political correctness and multiculturalism.  

We should reject Sharia outright, obviously.  And we should refuse to publish pictures and videos of atrocity.  That only helps the terrorist to terrorize, instilling fear, and causing division. 

Allan Erickson

About the author, Allan Erickson: Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012, serves on the board of He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. Register & Vote! Contact: View all articles by Allan Erickson

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