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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the West is in a clash of civilizations with “Islamic supremacy” that it will lose unless “ostrich generation” elites take their heads out of the sand.

A pair of recent columns by Gingrich for the Washington Times highlights the multi-faceted war facing Western leaders who are afraid to define their enemy.

“The real war is not geographic and it is not defined by ISIS. The real war is worldwide and the real enemy is Islamic supremacy in all its forms. The center of gravity is not Syria. The center of gravity is the Internet,” Gingrich wrote Nov. 17.

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Political leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks perpetrated by al-Qaida have repeatedly tried to compartmentalize the threat posed by radical Islam, the commentator argued. In short, elites try to pass off symptoms of the disease as the disease itself because treating the former is an easier task.

“We are confronted by a virus that is closer to epidemiology than to traditional state-to-state warfare,” said Gingrich. “We will have to eradicate this virulent religious intolerance and violence here at home and across the planet. This is an extraordinarily difficult challenge.”

The former House speaker then went on to praise French President Francois Hollande for calling the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, France, an “act of war,” before giving his blueprint for success.

  • Accurately define the real war and the real enemy.
  • Define victory and establish a strategy “that makes it impossible for Islamic supremacists to operate anywhere in the world.”
  • Create systems and structures necessary to implement the strategy.

Gingrich says the reason political leaders lack the will fight is because Islamic supremacy makes use of everything from random street stabbings and bombings to prolonged efforts to acquire chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It counts on unsophisticated operations by “lone wolf” supporters, and logistically complex operations rivaling the capabilities of nation states. It disseminates its message in lawless regions of failed states, and through social media platforms of the modern world.

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“These enemies extend well beyond the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). Boko Haram in Nigeria has killed more people than ISIS. Al-Qaida is apparently growing again. The Taliban is gaining ground in Afghanistan,” said Gingrich Nov. 19, the newspaper reported. “Islamic supremacists are proselytizing and recruiting around the world. The Paris attackers may have all been European citizens. The FBI has cases in all 50 states.”

“House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World” conveys what the West needs to know about Islam and the violent, expansionary ideology that seeks the subjugation and destruction of other faiths, cultures and systems of government

Conservative pundit Mark Steyn, who has made a similar case since Sept. 12, 2001, took a pessimistic view of Europe’s resolve to fight Islamic supremacy following the Paris terror attacks.

“The West cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries,” Steyn wrote Nov. 13.

“What’s the happy ending here? Because if Mr. Hollande isn’t prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his ‘pitiless war’ isn’t serious. And, if they’re still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel’s mad plan to reverse Germany’s demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren’t serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation Western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.”

Gingrich said if weak leadership pervades, then Islamic supremacists will “do unthinkable things” before a catastrophic attack forces the free world to admit reality.

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