The United States is in the midst of a serious quandary: What should our position be on the subject of Islam and Islamic terrorism? Unfortunately, our government—which should be clarifying our intentions—has created a great deal of confusion. We do not have a coherent strategy for Islam and the Middle East.
In spite of the horror of 9/11 and more than 28,000 terrorist attacks from Islamic sources since 9/11, President Obama insists on referring to Islam as a religion of peace. He is reluctant to commit our resources in combatting Islamic extremism abroad and the potential for terrorism at home. As former CIA officer and political strategist Clare Lopez has pointed out, Obama’s policies with respect to the Islamic world have favored our enemies and undermined our allies. It is therefore reasonable to ask the question: Whose side is he on?
The liberal view supports the president: While a small percentage of Muslims are radicalized, the left alleges, the majority are peace-loving people who embrace values that are compatible with ours. Last night, I watched a TV interview with college students furious at anyone who criticizes Islam. “We are not at war with Islam,” they said. “Muslims are doctors and lawyers and loyal Americans.” These students, and many liberals, are offended by President-elect Trump’s stated intention to close the borders to Muslim immigrants.
I do not share the liberal viewpoint. Islam is not a religion as we define the word. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology, masquerading as a religion, whose aim is global domination. The theocratic Islamic state is no different from Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, or Maoist China in its demand for total control over the individual. Mainstream Islam’s holy book, the Quran, demands that all other worldviews are to be exterminated. Non-Muslims are to be converted or killed, apostates are to be killed, homosexuals are to be killed, and women are to be completely subjugated. “Let’s not be politically correct about it,” said activist and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali. “Violence is inherent in Islam. It’s a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder.” It is about time we recognized the truth that Islam is, in the words of Clare Lopez, “a supremacist genocidal ideology” under which murder, rape, and looting are “divinely sanctioned—commanded by Allah!”
Islamic values represent an absolute contradiction to ours. The two systems cannot coexist. Wherever Islam gains a following—take a look at Europe—Muslims demand an end to human rights and the freedoms that are taken for granted in the West. We can’t have it both ways. “For a democracy that believes in freedom, peace, and prosperity,” said General James Mattis, “the idea that this level of evil can exist is incompatible with our view of what we would like to see as we turn over this world to our children.”
The threat from Islam is not new. We have been on the receiving end of what is often called “political Islam” since the founding of our republic. More than 200 years ago, the U.S. was forced to land marines in North Africa by Muslim terrorists who were not very different from those we face today. Islam’s bigoted dogma is being spread throughout the U.S. by mosques and religious schools funded by Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar. Their openly acknowledged intention is to replace the moral and legal foundations of the U.S. with the medieval code of Islam, Sharia.
Without compromising my position, I recognize that many Muslims worldwide do not practice the ideologically destructive aspects of their so-called religion. They identify as Muslim for ethnic and sociological reasons. My response is that these “moderate” Muslims have become irrelevant because they are allowing the hardliners to run the show. Islam is in need of reform. In the West, we used to burn people at the stake for disagreeing with church doctrine. Islam is in dire need of a series of reforms comparable to those instituted by Christianity in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Until that reformation occurs, we have a responsibility to defend our values from the encroaching threat posed by people who hate everything we stand for.
Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.
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