(by Michelle Malkin, HumanEventsOnline.com) – What have you learned since the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago? The mass murder of 2,996 innocent people on American soil forced open my eyes to the Islamic holy war against the West, freedom and modernity. The battle has raged not for years or decades, but for centuries — well before the Crusades began.

The indelible sight of workers plunging from the Twin Towers — head first, feet first, solo, hand-in-hand — roused me from slumber. The photos of children who were incinerated on United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 77 compelled me to start paying attention to the beliefs, goals, language and lies of those who would gladly kill my children the same way. The United Airlines Flight 93 hijackers’ final exclamation as they drove the plane into the ground is a Muslim warrior leitmotif I will never again ignore: “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”

So, how much do you know? Take a post-9/11 pop quiz. It’s never too late to start pulling your head from the sand:

Jihadis.  These are our enemies — from Mohammed Atta and company to the Butchers of Beslan, to the throat-slitters in Karachi and Baghdad and Mindanao, to the bombers of Bali, Madrid and London, to their funders and imams and enablers worldwide. They are not “freedom fighters” or “militants” or “rebels” or “evildoers” of unknown geographic and religious affiliation.

Apologists claim “jihad” means a peaceful Muslim striving for spiritual perfection. But the late Ayatollah Khomeini rebuked Religion of Peace propagandists back in 1942: “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those (who say this) are witless.”

Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish, an ex-Muslim whose father founded the terrorist Fedayeen in Gaza and killed 400 Israelis, had her own recent rejoinder for the p.c. whitewashers who have redefined jihad as a kinder, gentler struggle: “In the Arab world we were only taught one meaning for Jihad, and that is: A religious holy war against infidels and armed struggle against anyone who is not a Moslem.”

Infidels/Kafirs.  Anyone who is not a Muslim.

Sharia. This is the set of Islamic legal principles and traditions that our enemies seek to impose on us. It’s a path that leads inexorably to the subjugation of women, stoning of adulterers, “honor killings” of rape victims, bans on beauty pageants, cinema and the viewing of soccer matches, death threats against authors, filmmakers, cartoonists and apostates who renounce Islam, and calls for beheadings of all who insult their faith.

Caliphate.  A Muslim world government ruled according to sharia. It is what American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn envisions in his latest “Convert or die” propaganda video when he asserts, “Islam is the only religion acceptable to God,” and “God recognizes no separation between religion and state.” It is the dream not just of Osama bin Laden, but of Islamic imperialists throughout history.

Taqiyya.  Religious deception. Jihadists are taught in al Qaeda training manuals to lie. To fabricate tales about how their captors treat them (see Gitmo). To lie in claiming “There is no compulsion in religion” while forcing conversions at gunpoint (see the “Holy Jihad Brigades” conversion video starring Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig). To conceal their true mission (see hijackers’ visa applications). Dissimulation for the sake of Islam is sanctioned by the Koran.

Dhimmitude.  The official state of inferiority of non-Muslims under Islam; the bowing and scraping of vanquished infidels to their intellectual and military conquerors. You saw it in the immediate post-9/11 appeasement of Muslims angered by the name “Operation Infinite Justice” (it was an insult to Mohammed). You saw it in the cowards of the mainstream media unwilling to defend free speech during the Mohammed cartoon rage. You saw it in the mau-mauing over the faked Koran-flushings at Camp Delta. You see it in our government’s persistent pandering to grievance-mongering groups yelling “Islamophobia” and filing lawsuits at every turn.

Submitting to ignorance is submitting to defeat. Honor the victims of 9/11 by making a pledge: “I will not submit.”

Mrs. Malkin is author of Unhinged (Regnery). To comment on her article, visit her blog at MichelleMalkin.com.

Copyright ©2006 HUMAN EVENTS, September 6, 2006. All Rights Reserved.  Reprinted here on September 7th with permission from Human Events.  Visit the website at humanevents.com.


1.  Match the following vocabulary words with the definitions:
(Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers)
Some of the words can be found in dictionary.com or Merriam Webster’s m-w.com.  Others are not listed in online American dictionaries, but are explained at either jihadwatch.org or danielpipes.org.


a) ____________________ religious deception

b) ____________________ Islamic law; The code of law based on the Koran

c) ____________________ Muslims who fight in a a holy war (against infidels) undertaken as a sacred duty to expand the territories ruled by Muslims at the expense of territories ruled by non-Muslims

d) ____________________ the status that Sharia assigns to non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians; denial of equal rights to non-Muslims

e) ____________________ the jurisdiction, or government of a caliph (a leader of an Islamic nation, regarded as a successor of Muhammad and by tradition always male)

f) ____________________ (in Muslim use) a person who does not accept the Islamic faith; legitimate targets of jihad

(additional vocabulary you should be able to define when reading this article:
-leitmotif   -whitewashers   -inexorably   -subjugation   -apostates   -dissimulation

2.  What is the main idea of Ms. Malkin’s commentary?

3.  How would you describe Ms. Malkin’s commentary: truthful, eye-opening, refreshing, harsh, intolerant, unfair.  Explain your answer.

4.  What do you think of Ms. Malkin’s thought in the last paragraph: “Submitting to ignorance is submitting to defeat.  Honor the victims of 9/11 by making a pledge: “I will not submit.'”  Explain your answer.


–For further reading on the jihad against the West, go to CounterTerrorismBlog.org

–For video footage of the 9/11 attacks, go to CNN.com

–For movies about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, watch:

  • United93 available on DVD (Note: this movie is rated R for language and violence)
  • or Oliver Stone’s WorldTradeCenter showing in theatres now
  • 9/11 (by documentary filmmakers James Hanlon and Jules and Gedeon Naudet)

–Information on the 9/11 memorials:



a) taqiyya
b) sharia
c) jihadis
d) dhimmitude
e) caliphate
f) infidel/kafir