This was written to Dan Carlin, sometimes radio show host usually in Seattle or somewhere up north. He now  has podcast which is kind of interesting even if I don’t agree with his positions. In 2012 he was advocating Muslim extremism, is nothing to fear. They will never be able to overtake us. I take great exception to those that take lightly the signs our world is giving us concerning enemy movements. Carlin’s comments were like Obama calling the Daesh, the B team. Below is my email to him with my reasons for disagreeing with this position. 


I have some issues that I want to raise with you on your most recent “Common Sense” podcast. Aside from loving “Hardcore History” I find myself fascinated by the political positions you take in “Common Sense.” I don’t disagree with most of it, but like the opinionated people that you and I apparently are, we are not going to agree on everything. With that in mind I offer the following arguments.

In your most recent podcast you spoke with some disdain of the conservative Right’s stand on terror emanating from Islam. Your mentioning of the comment section after articles on this subject is precisely why I never look at the comments on these kinds of sites. However, the more important concern here is your bottom line thinking on the issue.

There is a brand of Islam within the overall umbrella of the world’s Muslim community that is the cause of most of the world’s terror today.  No doubt that the majority of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims want to live as we do, to move forward in life with their own families, religion and social mores of their specific communities. But the rest, which is a sizeable minority over the last 60 years have been pushing violently outward into the non Islamic world  into what Samuel Huntington has described as fault line conflicts. At any given time there are several  of these small wars taking place. The Philippines, East Timor, Southern Sudan, Bosnia, Israel, India, Chechnya etc. are all countries  embroiled in these conflicts for several decades with no real end in sight because the Jihadists are committed to victory.

Our war with this ideology is just beginning. You call it endless, and with current military strategies it might just very well be. Muslim fanatics are great students of waiting out history to make their move.  In 1965 Yassir Arafat called his war against the Jews “ a war which will last for generations.” The Assassins, which were an early form of Muslim terror lasted a couple of hundred years before it finally burned itself out.

I agree that the war as it is prosecuted today, is not the best way to fight an enemy who is determined to wait us out at every corner. But, it is a necessary war. You flippantly compared Viet Nam to this current conflict. I would remind you that getting out of Viet Nam we had no fear that the enemy would then export his rage and take us on in other places in the world. The Vietnamese, like most peoples were fighting for their liberation and once they had that, they declared victory and the war was over.

For militant Islam, this is not the case. If we stop fighting this war and bring all our soldiers home we will be subjecting ourselves to decades of murder, abuse, terror of the worst kind. They will bring it to our shores, and they will continue to fight us because their goals are much different than were the Vietnamese. They want to convert the world to Islam and they see Christianity and Judaism as a major obstacle to fulfill this particular Jihad. That’s why they have been concentrating on attacking the west since the 1980s.

And to dismissively refer to the current enemy as a “band of rag tag non state actors” takes a dangerous dismissive attitude toward a smart, calculating, blood thirsty enemy.

The following is entirely my own opinion. I have no facts only a sense because of my own graduate studies in current Middle East history. Of the world’s Muslims I would count actual fighters as somewhere maybe in the thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, possibly over a million. But, those ranks are growing. And, they are growing because I believe that maybe 40 to 45% of the rest of the Muslim world supports the actions of these fighters. If you consider the world Muslim population at around 1.5 billion people, we are looking at somewhere around six to seven hundred million people which  give actual support, food, shelter, weapon procurement,  or otherwise supporting the cause. For example, the al-Yakin center is a media group based in Qattar, I think, which disseminates Jihadi propaganda but takes no part in any fighting.  The countless mosques and madrassas all over the Muslim  world, which advocate this kind of behavior should  make us acutely aware of this problem, not conveniently compare it to Vietnam as an example of an end game strategy.

I must tell you I had several conversations with  Daniel Pipes, someone I respect on these issues,  about my theories. He has published numbers  much lower than I. But, in talking with the professor he was willing to accept that he could be wrong in his assessments and that it might indeed be closer to the number I describe above.

Ultimately it should be the responsibility of the majority of Islam that should police this cancer in its midst, but for whatever reason it has refused to do so up until now. That is the difference by the way, between those marginalized horrors described in the Bible and the use of the Koran to drive much of Militant Islam  murdering innocent people.  We have successfully kept that thinking at bay, at least in modern times. If we hadn’t rejected those abhorrent activities in the Book of Judges like the Jihadists follow particularly distasteful Hadith, we might have accepted the annihilation of Europe’s Jews as nothing more than God’s work. Your mention of it only clarifies to those listeners that we are no better than the 9-11 killers.

And, time is really not on our side. As we transfer Western wealth to the East for the sake of Petrol dollars our enemies in that part of the world will grow stronger with a more expensive  lethal arsenal with which to mount a campaign against the non Islamic world. They have not reached cold war status  yet, which you tend to use as a measure of how dangerous this ideology is compared to those days prior to 1992, but how long will it take before they are pointing missiles at us with a Muslim fanatic’s finger on the button. And, as far as counting on “mutually assured destruction” as a deterrent with an ideology that has raised suicide bombing to tactical major gain… well, I will let you ponder that on your own.

Maybe you have already read it, but if not I would refer you to last year’s Atlantic Monthly article “The Ally from Hell” about Pakistan’s duplicitous and somewhat politically schizophrenic role with the United States. In case you want the link It discusses in some detail the deterioration of that society and its slide into  jihadism in a country which holds one of the world’s most significant nuclear arsenals. And, our own government’s unwillingness to police Iran and tying Israel’s hands so they can’t do it either raises the specter of a second fundamentalist country that continues to believe in “Islam’s bloody borders,”  if I might quote Samuel Huntington again. Can you imagine what Détente with Achmadinijad might look like?

I also wrote an op-ed on this article on one of my own blogs. If you’re interested you can read it at


We didn’t start this war. We are not a warring people. But, we, along with the British before us,  did push our weight around significantly and somewhat naively without any concern for consequences in that regard. Islam’s warring tradition is beginning to wake up and take action. Because we might have been naive or stupid in the past is no reason to turn our backs on defending ourselves against the reaction to  it now.  Doing so will end up with an unthinkable scenario, one which I wrote about in 2007 in an online blog that to turn our backs and ignore the problem “…could lead to a new dark age where reason, tolerance and liberty are forgotten and where political, religious and authoritative insanity are the norm.”

I urge you to rethink the seriousness of the conservative position on this matter. While much of it, admittedly, is drivel, the idea that the war on terror should be taken more seriously is something we all need to consider now and in the future.






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