In an odd way, we are in a situation similar to what confronted the American Indians when European explorers landed on these shores. From North America to South America the Indians vastly outnumbered the intruders. The Europeans were not exactly an army and warfare did not exactly break out. Both sides seemed almost friendly and cooperative at times. Had the Europeans been seen as a threat, the Indians could have slaughtered them in short order. Even with their guns there were only a few hundred Europeans while there were thousands of Indians. Only gradually did the intrusion, driven in part by exploration and a quest for trade, gain in magnitude, change in intent, establish beachheads, and eventually, overwhelm the native population.
The Indians lost despite their vast material, numerous advantages, and superior knowledge of what turned out to be a battlefield, because they had no point of reference in their history to properly judge what was happening. Today the challenge for America and the West is to remain alert to the fact that today's Islamist insurgency is something different from anything we have experienced before. For Europeans it is something different from earlier Muslim expansions. Because it is something new for us, our laws, traditions, ethical codes, and concepts of friend and foe have not evolved to recognize and manage the threat.
As the great American jurist Oliver Wendall Holmes wrote "The life of the law has not been logic, it has been experience." Because our law and cultural institutions have not experienced a great cultural insurgency in a globalized, interneted, and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapon filled world. We must consider with cool logic, to what extent our self-imposed, historic standards of conduct are sufficient to protect us from this new danger. Abraham Lincoln said it best "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion."
As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.
Don't find that funny? Neither do I.
A culture that does not stand up for itself in the face of imminent threat will be lost to the sands of time. Will you allow your culture, your heritage, and your very way of life to be ripped from your grasp or will you stand up and defend it? Islam is currently waging a war to subvert those very things we take so for granted and they are using our own hospitality and generosity as well as our very laws in which many Americans have lost meaning. Inch by inch we are giving up the rights for which our grandfathers fought and died. Stand with me, stand up, stand proud, and voice your disapproval or one day you too will be forced to fight not for freedom but to avoid dhimmitude and to secure your very survival.
Sharia Law... Do you really want it here in the West? They want you to have it and they'll give it to you one way or another if you don't slam the door on them.