Global Jihad: A Global Threat to Global Peace by Vassilios Damiras, Ph.D.

(ABD) It is evident that we live in a very dangerous and totally confusing world. A very vicious international network al-Qaeda of radical Muslim forces is menacing the global order or Pax America (American Peace)/Globalization by utilizing terrorism as a grand strategy. Obviously it is very difficult for the average global citizen to grasp and comprehend what is occurring, because of incomplete, incompetent, and most of the time erroneous global news reporting by much of the world media and the distortion of information in our own American democratic political system. The glorious and very powerful United States of America and many other courageous democratic nation-states such as, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to name a few have joined forces to fight the Fourth World War (First World War 1914-1918, Second World War 1939-1945, and Third World War 1945-1991/Cold War). The Fourth World War is a religious war against the radical Muslims/jihadists. It is not by any means a war against the 1.5 billion Muslims across the globe or their respective Muslim religion. In fact, the old Muslim religion is being kidnapped and misused by these brutal and barbarian jihadists. This new and brutal war in reality commenced in 1979, when various Iranian students seized and occupied the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Unfortunately, most people, pundits, and political commentators failed to recognize that we were at war until the terrible and visceral attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 mega terrorist attacks against the United States profoundly altered the American and the global political perceptions regarding international relations and the role of the American powerful military machine in the 21st century. For the first time in the American nation history, the vast areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans were not enough to safeguard the American mainland for foreign attacks. The islamofascists brought the fight to the United States sociopolitical and economic heart. The result was that 3,000 innocent people were perished included 234 non-U.S. citizens from 41 nation-states in one single day. The American view of the world, the relationship with the United Nations, various economic policies, intelligence process, judicial system, and grand strategy were in significantly way affected for a long term. The dramatic realization that American soil was subject to continued unprovoked attacks made more Americans citizens to accept a more aggressive foreign and defense policies. President George W. Bush rightly so adopted an aggressive defense policies resulting in liberating Afghanistan and Iraq from brutal dictatorships. His policies summarized in the following:


“Now and in the future, Americans will live as free people, not in fear, and never at the mercy of any foreign plot or power.” President George W. Bush President Bush became a Great Liberator in a global proportion. American forces like lions defeated the various monsters of the jihadist terrorism. In this Global War on Terror the strategic position of Greece plays a very important role, because the American forces use various NATO military installations such as, the naval/air force/army base of Suda Bay which is located in the Greek island of Crete. Various Greek governments such as, the socialist administration of Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the current conservative administration of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis have provide a small token military assistance to the American effort. The argument that various Greek and Greek-Americans leader provide for the lukewarm Greek military assistance is that the United States supported the dictators in 1967, and supported the Turkish invasion in the island of Cyprus in 1974. However, the aforementioned Greek beliefs are erroneous, mendacious, and misleading. For both aforesaid historical events Greek politicians carry the burden and not the various American positions on these matters. Various Greek statesmen failed to understand the operations of the international system thus, a variety of Greek governments lost crucial opportunities to promote and safeguard the complex and sensitive Greek national interests via the pernicious avenues of the global labyrinth. This failure resulted in the weakness of Greece. However, the United States has been since 1947, the guardian of the Greek democracy and its values, ideas, and beliefs. American assistance defeated the Greek communists and created modern Greek armed forces. In addition, American advisers strengthened the Greek economy and the Greek socio-political system. Greece through out her history has battled jihadist terrorism, despotism, and totalitarianism. The Athenian Empire, Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic Kingdoms, the Greco-Roman power, the glorious Byzantine Empire, and the Greek War of Independence, and the Greek independent nation-state are historical examples of tremendous courage against jihadist aggression. Greece needs to stop being the Trojan horse for the interest of the various jihadist interests, the government of Costas Karamanlis needs to entirely support the American effort on the War against Global Terrorism and Greece must return to the Judeo-Christian values and beliefs. It is ridiculous that various Greek and Greek-American leaders want to destroy the Christian values of Greece for the purpose of promoting pseudo religious cults. These phony ideas promote appeasement. The trouble with accepting or tolerating evil, of course, is that while we are close our eyes, the evil itself only strengthen across the globe. The main evil the globe faces today is terrorism from Muslim extremists. Nonetheless, we will never win or even triumph over the jihadist’s terrorists until we accept that groups like al-Qaeda are not operating alone. Without the significant aid of terrorist friendly regimes like the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the theocratic dictatorship of Iran who have been the main support of Islamic terrorism. Moreover, those dictatorships have oppressed their own people for generations. Unfortunately, most of the Democratic Party and various European leaders did not see the threat and even more rooting for an American failure in


Iraq. We need not to forget the words of British Conservative Prime Minister, Winston Churchill: “If you will not fight when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” As the Great liberator President Bush has many times rightly declared, we can no longer wait around for terrorist group to attack us or our allies. We must take the fight to them, defeating them and destroying the totalitarian and despotic regimes that furnish their lifeblood. Furthermore, the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell on January 27, 2003: “There comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work-where unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works…There are still leaders around who will say you do not have the will to prevail over my evil, and I think we are facing one of those times now.” It is evident that western world needs to win this war and in order to do that the free world needs to totally support in this endeavor the Bush administration. Therefore, Greece needs to join that war to save civilization from claws of the islamofascists who want to destroy western values and beliefs and moderate Muslim ideas. If the Hellenes failed to realize the Islamic threat the Hellenic culture will vanquish for ever from the face of the earth. In order, for the Republic of Greece to avoid such an inglorious death, she needs to support the American cause for the fight and defeat of jihadist terrorism and allied with democratic nation-states like Israel. This kind of dynamic foreign policy could safe Greece from extinction from the face of the earth. Moreover, Greece needs to serious assist the United States in this war because both countries share similar values. Specifically, America is a superior nation not because the American citizens are superior human beings, but because the American culture was created on an important recognition of our God-given natural rights-the “unalienable rights” appeared in the Declaration of Independence. From that crucial awareness emanates a basic, shared respect for humanity, individual liberty, limited government, and the rule of law. These fundamental American values have their origins to Ancient Hellenic values. As the glorious and democratic Ancient Athens fought to stop the Persian military menace in a similar way the glorious American Armed Forces fight to thwart the jihadist global threat. President Bush is a modern Pericles fighting for the survival and the spread of democratic values across the globe. Thus, modern Greece needs to take these fight vary serious. As it was mentioned in numerous times in this essay is a fight for survival of the western values and beliefs.