Elham Manea claims that there is a pink elephant in the room. We all see it, but we are afraid to say it. She has a point. She claims that we are so uncomfortable with the thought that there is indeed a major issue that threatens our very existence, that we prefer to simply push it aside to the corner of our consciousness. She also claims that this is a challenge that the entire world has to deal with – not just the Middle East and Europe.
Radical Politicized Islam is the Issue
She argues that hundreds of millions follow the non-radicalized versions of Islam. However, the radical elements of Islam that are followed by tens of millions – if not more – are now mainstream in many swaths of the Islamic followers.
She explains that every aspect of Western freedom and openness is anathema to the mindset of radical Islam. It stands directly in the way of this dangerous mindset. She delivers her points without strong emotion, but with excellent and carefully worded tact. It is hard to not accept her arguments.
9/11 as the Turning Point
There is no question that all of these issues preceded the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. However, that day was certainly the day that the entire world received a wake-up call. Certainly, the United States did. And more than anybody else, New Yorkers were in total shock.
It comes as no surprise that the leader of the free world today is a New Yorker who experienced the attacks a few train stops away from Ground Zero. There have not been any successful mass attacks on the scale of 9/11 in the United States since 2001. Let’s keep it that way.