Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | May 29, 2015

Technology vs. Ideology

This is an updated version of an essay I wrote some months ago.  I wish I could shout it out in all public media.  Our country repeated the French mistakes in Vietnam and wound up giving South Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh. Our military didn’t lose.  It wasn’t there. Our Congress simply refused to live up to its promises.

We cannot repeat the mistake with the Islamists. Unlike the Vietnamese, they plan to establish their caliphate across the globe.


“The West is still battling an ideology with technology.” Dr. Bernard B. Fall,from Street Without Joy (Stackpole, 1961)

When I went through the Special Forces Course in Ft. Bragg (1966), Street Without Joy was one of the books on the list for required reading. I read it then because it was a part of the course and I wanted to excel.

I also read it because it was (and still is) the definitive text on how the French lost the Indochina war. I knew I was headed for Vietnam.  The opening quote is key to Fall’s analysis. It is also prescient about the nature of we insurgencies, past and present we have faced.

Today, in the middle months of 2015, America and the West are confronted with an ideology, Islam, that takes its strength from a the idea that there is no distinction between matters of faith and matters of governance. There is Jihad and there is Shari’ah.

Islam is a seventh-century movement whose most radical members are happy to kill themselves and encourage suicide in others, in order to kill nonbelievers, or infidels.

Westerners, including some politicians and most military thinkers, are drenched in the philosophy of freedom. The goal of many overseas military operations is liberating and freeing populations. It has never occurred to many of these people that freedom is not what devout Muslims desire.

I recently saw, on the Internet, a picture of a Muslim demonstrator carrying a sign that said, “We want Islam, to hell with freedom.”

Faced with an enemy—and Islam is, without question, the enemy of free people—whose controlling motivation is inimical and probably not understandable by the West. What is to be done? The enemy has, as its goal, world domination.

History tells us much about the Crusades. There is still a violent disagreement in the scholarly community about them. More about the possible motivation later.
Some deride the non-unified military conquests as useless and corrupt. Perhaps. They were filled with a number of people whose motivations were, at best, questionable.

But, they slowed down and, in some cases reversed, the rise and domination of Islam. The message: Christian Crusaders fought Islam with the message of Christianity—and frequently with the edge of a sword—and won.

The Muslims have always despised free societies and allied themselves, in World War II, with Adolph Hitler. There are easily discoverable photos of Der Fuerher with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husayni.   The same Grand Mufti, moved into Berlin during  WWII and is rumored to have visited several of the Nazi Death Camps. Adolph Eichmann, at his trial, denied this, but there are numerous photos of Husayni with Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the Death Camps.

An Israeli historian writes,”[i]n any case, there is no doubt that Haj Amin’s hatred was not limited to Zionism, but extended to Jews as such. His frequent, close contacts with leaders of the Nazi regime cannot have left Haj Amin any doubt as to the fate which awaited Jews whose emigration was prevented by his efforts. His many comments show that he was not only delighted that Jews were prevented from emigrating to Palestine, but was very pleased by the Nazis’ Final Solution’.”

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust devotes more space to Haj Amin than any other figure, except Adolph Hitler.

When the victorious allies swept through Europe, one can say that Christianity had overcome the ideology that was Nazism and, by extension, its partner, Islam.

When weak-kneed Jimmy Carter failed to challenge Iran for the invasion of the American Embassy and the hostages, his successor, Ronald Reagan—an outspoken Christian—was the signal to the Muslims. They released the hostages, knowing that otherwise, they would be invaded.

Reagan’s ideological influence, as a Christian President, led him to defeat the ideology of Communism. His ringing, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” was the clear call of the Christian ideology of a free people. Communism backed away. The Berlin Wall came down.

Islamists began challenging America and the Christian faith in more than one way. The first attack on the World Trade Center, the bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Lebanon and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole were probes. When the Islamists found that there was no powerful response from a U.S. government shackled by political correctness, the 9/11 attacks were inevitable.

We’ve seen government weakness to a degree that would be unfathomable to our Founding Fathers. One example is the massacre at Ft. Hood which D.C. claims was nothing more than “workplace violence.” The fact that Maj. Hasan jumped on a table, yelling “allahu akbahr!” the Arabic (Islamic) words for “God is great!” seems not to have penetrated politically correct government minds.

Islamists and their enablers understand the stakes and constantly seek to distance Americans from Christianity.

We are told, from the White House, that we are not a Christian Nation. This not a fact and, as usual from this administration, no proof is offered.

Constantly, the ACLU is defending “atheists” who are “offended” by Nativity displays and all other things Christian. Why, one may ask, does a tiny minority of people, spend so much time and money battling something in which they don’t believe. Money.  Someone is paying people to be aggrieved because there is a public tableau at Christmas.  Oh, and yes, we shouldn’t, according to them, say “Merry Christmas.”

In Afghanistan, our troops are restricted by Rules of Engagement that endanger their lives.  The allied forces (and they’re shrinking every day to just Americans) must be constantly on guard not to offend Muslims or insult Mohammed or the Koran. No such restrictions bind our enemies.

It is time Americans and those European nations that still have a modicum of freedom, to realize the conflict.

This war—and it is a war—is about ideology. We cannot successfully oppose ideology with technology. We can only win the fight against Islam with Christianity. Christianity is the light of love, hope, freedom and life. Islam is subjugation, intolerance, servitude and death.




  1. Praise God. Speak the truth, for the truth shall set us free. I attended a wonderful airshow yesterday at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. It was very well attended and a wonderful, patriotic display of our air power. I was standing in awe watching the Blue Angles perform. When I looked at the crowded ground before me I was a bit troubled to see about two dozen Muslims in their traditional dress sitting on the ground before me. I note that since Bill Clinton ‘ s reign we seem to have an ever increasing population of Muslims in the Northeast. I see this as a breach of our walls of security and an eventual threat to our freedom.
    Come quickly Lord Jesus.

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