During a panel discussion sponsored by the Hudson Institute last January, retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, who did combat duty in Iraq, responded to a Marine who asked the question, how do you answer people who say that terrorists are following a "warped" version of Islam? I was quite impressed with Lt. Col Wests grasp of history and understanding of the problem we are up against. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU5d30h1D_0"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU5d30h1D_0[/ame] This is not to say that every Muslim is our enemy. They are not. This is not to say that every Muslim is focused on following the more militant content of the Quran, the Hadith, or Sufi texts. They arent. This is not to say that many people of the Muslim faith have not been peace loving, model citizens, making significant contributions to society. They have been. But at the risk of attracting still more wrath and abuse from the PC crowd and apologists for Islam, we cannot ignore that the national debate continues to focus on the effect of growing Muslim populations around the world. And that debate cotninues to include the broad intent of Islam to bring down western culture and values as most of us understand those. The ultimate goal of Islam is to place all cultures under total subjection to Allah and Shariah Law. While some nations are less repressive than others, there is no country in the world in which Islam enjoys a majority that respects any understanding of unalienable rights, repects western culture, respects basic liberties, respects the free man's way of life. It is the right of Islamic nations to order society as they want it. But to not maintain and enforce due vigilance to protect all the rights, freedoms, and culture that we hold dear is to invite the destruction of all.